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Old 12-31-04, 12:56 PM   #1
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suggestion on spokes

Im looking to built another set of wheels for XC. I built my last ones but they were geared moire toward free ride. Now im looking to make a lighter set. I will be running disc brakes though. As for the spokes, on my previous wheel i used DT competition becuase they were said to be more robust than revolution. Revolution are lighter im looking at those but i am wondering if that is wise to do when using disc brakes? Has anybody had expirience with revolution spokes using disc brakes, i have heard that revolution spokes are slightly weaker but i wont be doing any big drops so im just looking for opinion
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Old 12-31-04, 01:05 PM   #2
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What guage and how many per wheel?
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Old 12-31-04, 01:53 PM   #3
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well 14 guage and 32h/wheel. Since its my second wheelset also and im more expirienced than when i first started i might try mixed lacing, then again with disc brakes 3 cross is probably it
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Ive used 15 ga spokes in 3 cross 32h with discs(all I run anymore) on my freeriders. So it should be fine. If the rim is quality and the tension job is good and uniform, then the lighter spokes should be fine.
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thanks, im thinking i might give revolutions a try. Im going to buy a tensiometer for the job too. Has anybody had any expirience with the park tensiometer?
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Always wanted one
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thanks, im thinking i might give revolutions a try. Im going to buy a tensiometer for the job too. Has anybody had any expirience with the park tensiometer?
I haven't tried one, but it's not a bad idea. I have always relied on my near-absolute sense of pitch when setting spoke tension.
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Yea i do the pitch or squeeze but some friends want me to build them wheels (a total of 3 sets) andi can be much more confident that they will last if i can be sure they are proper tension
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I think that using a tensiometer is a good idea especially when using revolution spokes.

It looks to me like revolution spokes have plenty of tensile strength. After all, when's the last time you saw a spoke that broke in the middle? What Revolutions lack is torsional resistance. As you begin to tension the spokes, the 17 gauge section in the middle of the spoke winds up insted of allowing the nipple to thread farther up the spoke. It's easy to think that you are tensioning the spoke when, in fact, all you are doing is twisting the spoke. I would think that using a tensiometer will keep you accurately informed as you tension and true the wheel.
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And don't forget to get some Spoke Prep.
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Well i found even with competition it winds up but a well lubricated nipple pretty much solves that issue.
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I have a Park and WheelSmith tensionmeter. I like the Park better. The Revolutions are butted down to 1.6mm, I think they call it 17g. They make some pretty springy wheels but I don't think you will have any problems. They are a lot more $$ for the little bit of weight savings. Alloy nipples gives you better weight savings and puts it in a better spot.
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Well i found even with competition it winds up but a well lubricated nipple pretty much solves that issue.
yea I find that when I lube my nipples, I always have good results.
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