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    2 Fat 2 Furious contango's Avatar
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    At long last

    I built my new wheel today!

    It was easier than I expected, it probably took me about 3-4 hours from start to finish. It took a little while to read through my texts on wheelbuilding to refresh my memory of which spokes go where and in what order but I got there. Now it's trued, tensioned, prestressed and appears to be true to within 1mm or so in all three ways (lateral true, radial true and dish).

    Going to take it to the bike shop tomorrow for a final sanity check before putting my weight on it but so far it's looking good. I wasn't sure about getting the label on the hub to align with the valve hole, especially given the requirement to turn the hub shell anticlockwise as far as it would go between the second and third sets of spokes, but that also worked out just fine. So it seems to tick all the boxes, even the finnicky cosmetic ones.

    Hopefully the sound of my new Hope hub won't annoy me too much, it was a bit of a punt but I wanted something that didn't freewheel silently.
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    Is it a rear wheel? If so did you run the trailing spokes on the inside of the hub flange? Figuring you used conventional spokes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Is it a rear wheel? If so did you run the trailing spokes on the inside of the hub flange? Figuring you used conventional spokes
    Rear wheel, laced as described in Zinn's book and just like the existing back wheel.

    Just went to have a look at it, the spokes that are on the outside are angled such that as the wheel turns the spoke head passes a point before the threads. I can never remember which ones are called leading and which ones are called trailing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by contango View Post

    Hopefully the sound of my new Hope hub won't annoy me too much, it was a bit of a punt but I wanted something that didn't freewheel silently.
    Nice one! I build all my own wheels (just did replacement rims for my Dahon the other week), and it is very satisfying, isn't it.

    As to the Hope hub, well they are a bit noisy when freewheeling (I used to get pilots of 737s shout at me as I freewheeled past the airport to keep the noise down ), but they do quieten off with (LOTS OF!) miles.
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    Well the wheel survived its maiden voyage. Hopefully it will serve me well for thousands of miles to come
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