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Old 11-07-10, 11:37 AM   #1
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Wheel Building Questions

So I'm going to try to tackle my first wheel build this winter and I've got a few questions for C&V folks who've been down this road before. I've got Campagnolo Nuovo Tip High Flange Hubs (36 hole) and Dolomiti rims, but no spokes to start off.

1. Spokes - those of you who build wheels, where are you buying your spokes? Who has the best pricing?

2. Spoke length - no original spokes for me to reference, so how do I go about figuring the correct length and gauge?

Thanks for any advice. I enjoy the challenge, but need a starting point!
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Old 11-07-10, 11:49 AM   #2
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1. http://www.lickbike.com/

2. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/spocalc.htm
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In my experience with Campy hubs (both Tipo and Record), I've found I needed to use 15 gauge spokes (or 15/17/15 DB) as the thick hub flanges make 14g spokes difficult to use.

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BTW When pricing spokes, be very careful about whether the price includes nipples or not.
Lickton's include them, but many places sell the nipples as a separate item, so what initially looked like a better price may cost more once nipples are added.
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I bought spokes from Cambriabike a couple of years ago and, while it's pretty much the same price as Lick's if you buy them by the 20 when you factor in nipples (0.79 each for 14/15/14G DT Competition + 0.15 each for 14G brass nipples)... the fact you can buy them individually is pretty awesome. Who wants to buy 80 spokes when you're lacing up two 32-spoke wheels?, for instance. It's good to have a few extra but I like that you can customize the order. I would recommend going that path, especially as they also have many varieties of spokes if you decide to go with something other than DT Competition.

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Here is a recent thread re buying spokes: LINK
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