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Wheel Building W/Alpine Spokes or Any 2.3 spoke
Through the years I've built many wheels for myself and a couple for (still) friends. I'm used to straight or normal 14/15/14 type spokes.
This time,I'm going to use some Alpine spokes(single butted) for some new wheels.Looking at the elbow,now that it is in my hot little hand,I'm not sure my thumb is big enough to lay the bend down against the hub....
Will the elbows straighten out on these if I don't try and lay them down? Maybe give them a few love taps with a plastic mallet without mangling the flange?
Lenghtwise,the elbow is fine,no washer needed,but they have a bit bigger radius than I'm used too.
So,try to lay them down some or leave them alone? I would like to lay them down some but their almost thick as the hubs (Shimano Alfine 501 dyno and XT rear disk) and made of steel....
I'm all ears.....
Last edited by Booger1; 11-21-12 at 12:34 PM.