For the first 25 years I built wheels I didnít use a dial indicator. No one did. The Park Truing stand (still the one used by most professional wheel builders) didnít come with them. And to be honest, with the older 32 and 36 spoke wheels you didnít need one. The wheels were so overbuilt that the quality could be poor and it didnít matter.

But with low spoke count wheels that all changed. You have to be a much better builder to build good wheels with 16, 20, and 24 spokes (one of the reasons many custom wheel builders donít build low spoke wheels).

As I said in a previous newsletter, radial run out is the most important factor in achieving equal spoke tension and itís extremely difficult to see and impossible to measure without a dial indicator measurement of it.

If most bike shops simply added a dial indicator for radial run out on their truing stand , both the quality and speed of their wheel building would improve dramatically.

Thanks for reading Ė John Neugent

We do lots of custom wheel building. Itís becoming a major part of our business. All of our alloy tubular and carbon Neuvation wheels are built in out CA warehouse Ė in addition to all of the custom builds. If you think a wheel builder is qualified after building 50 wheels, think about one that builds 50 a week under the supervision of a wheel business thatís been around for over 10 years.

Take an extra 10% off all of our custom wheels. Note that Neuvaton hubs are now coming in red (they should be in the building within the week). The discount is automatically applied at checkout.

The carbon clincher rims are here. (C45 and C55). These are going to go fast only 10 sets left and the next ones are due in the middle of May. Take an extra 10% off through the end of the week. Discount applied at checkout. I have also added photos to the C45 and C55 items so you can get a good look at them. These are also now available with red anodized Neuvation hubs.

The sale on the R28 SLW wheels continues with 10% off any orders. Rims are in stock and the builds are taking a couple of days so order now.