I just wanted to share my first wheel build ever. I bought the whole shebang on Wheelbuilder.com (any comments on these guys by the way?) I used the Phil Wood HF rear track (single fixed) hub along with the velocity B43 rim and DT competition double butted spokes.
Some other details: 32 spokes, 3-cross pattern.
So basically...nothing special, but I am fairly proud of it seeing as how it's my first wheel build (awwww)
Some comments I have:
-Velocity's stuff seems to be (or has been) "the standard" of rims in terms of strength and durability (Now I know I'm wrong, I only say this because Velocity is on the majority of bikes around my area) but I gotta say I was a bit disappointed to see the SPOT WHERE THE RIM WAS JOINED (the term escapes me at the moment). For an anal-retentive person this is not a pretty sight, but I'm only semi-A-R. My real concern is the strength of the rim at this particular spot. Is that bad? Should I be worried? Is that bad?.
-Yet again, I noticed as I tightened the spokes there were these little DIMPLES on the rim where I suppose the nipples are sitting. Is this also normal? Should there be dimples?
-Looking at the LACING PATTERN, I can't help but feel some sort of "emptiness" in the wheel. Originally I wanted to do a 36 spoke/4-cross patterned wheel to make it beefy [anyone have any pictures of such a setup? I'd like to see it pls =)] and I am under the impression that if I did this, I would have a superfluously strong, durable wheel. Plus, one of my sources while building said that 4X is usually used on large flange hubs so...
I used these three articles/published works to help me:
- Sheldon Brown's wheelbuilding article
- Some guy named MikeT on some other forum
- Gerd Schraner's "The Art Of Wheelbuilding"
annnd just a few more pictures:
Anyways, that was my whole deal, just wanted to share. Thanks for reading!