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    That is where I am now, the majority of the...

    That is where I am now, the majority of the wheels I build are nearly identical. I have built so many of them I can tell you exactly how many turns on each side after running the nipples in to have...
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    Never thought of using friends as calibrations...

    Never thought of using friends as calibrations weights, not a bad idea! The main reason I have never liked this method was never having that much dead weight around so that is an easy solution to...
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    I have never tried that, I just tend to release...

    I have never tried that, I just tend to release the handle relatively quickly and do it at the same speed for every spoke. I do have the luxury of a higher end tension gauge that is not really...
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    It is difficult to explain how quickly to release...

    It is difficult to explain how quickly to release but when I talked with Park about the proper speed to release the handle they said to release it quick yet controlled, around a second or a little...
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    They do exist, I am not sure if it is more common...

    They do exist, I am not sure if it is more common in countries other than the US or not but the only modern bike I have seen drilled differently was on a German commuter bike where I replaced the...
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    Yes, as long as your body is up to it because it...

    Yes, as long as your body is up to it because it will be a harsh ride if the gravel is not super fine.

    I will say a tire like the Panaracer Gravel King in 28mm rides a lot better than most in...
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    If a wheel I built was breaking spokes after...

    If a wheel I built was breaking spokes after 6,000km and there was not a good reason for it like the chain cutting into spokes or physical damage. A well built, non race specific wheel should easily...
  8. The shape certainly plays a big part but there is...

    The shape certainly plays a big part but there is a difference between tensile strength and ability to withstand fatigue. Rarely is tensile strength in spokes a factor in wheel durability. I think...
  9. I usually avoid those with heavier (usually also...

    I usually avoid those with heavier (usually also powerful) riders as they can make a wheel a bit flexy compared to heavier gauge spokes as a lot of a wheels stiffness comes from the spoke choice but...
  10. That is pretty similar to my go to spokes for...

    That is pretty similar to my go to spokes for most "normal" builds, so I would go with that over the CX Ray unless building race wheels. I personally do not build with Sapim terribly often but they...
  11. I just look at them more as a race spoke than an...

    I just look at them more as a race spoke than an every day spoke, they are very strong but I do not think they handle fatigue after thousands of hard miles as well as something like the DT comp or...
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    One thing that is really nice with disc brakes if...

    One thing that is really nice with disc brakes if you ride in the wet often is you no longer have to worry about rim wear which can save a lot of money and hassle.

    I personally have never been...
  13. I have built a few sets of their road wheels for...

    I have built a few sets of their road wheels for a few of our local pros and after thousands of miles on them they still have not had issues and a couple of these guys are going to be having me build...
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    I think a non suspended fat bike could be ideal...

    I think a non suspended fat bike could be ideal for you, the big tires do a lot to smooth out the ride and rolling resistance is much better than you would expect.

    If you end up with suspension,...
  15. I would simply ask your shop what it would cost...

    I would simply ask your shop what it would cost to make everything work as it should and go from there. It is always hard to put a price on how high is too much. Your personal budget, sentimental...
  16. I should also add, a properly built wheel does...

    I should also add, a properly built wheel does not mean you are at the max spoke tensions allowed by the rim manufacturer, sometimes higher tensions are good, other times less is more and you will...
  17. That is not at all true. If you are risking...

    That is not at all true. If you are risking rounding out nipples, even if aluminum, your tensions are way off the charts or you did not properly lube the spoke threads and nipple seat.
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    I am a little biased as I work for them but I...

    I am a little biased as I work for them but I love my Borealis Echo!

    http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h362/mtnbiker2082/seaotter1_zps880c650b.jpg
  19. It could be worth checking through here to see if...

    It could be worth checking through here to see if something would match up. Hub Parts

    You can also find NOS parts on ebay sometimes as well.
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    There is A LOT of truth here. Building a great...

    There is A LOT of truth here. Building a great wheel is really not difficult if you are patient but what takes a lot of experience and research is not only figuring out what works well together what...
  21. It comes down to what is your budget and what are...

    It comes down to what is your budget and what are your expectations of the bike?

    If you just want something practical some basic maintenance could go a long way in fixing some of your complaints. ...
  22. Anxiously awaiting more snow here...

    Anxiously awaiting more snow here...
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    I personally would consider that pretty good...

    I personally would consider that pretty good mileage for brake wear but if you want better I think you should be looking at a rim like the Velocity NoBS. It does not use a machined brake track so...
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    :thumb: This was not nearly as unpleasant as...

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    This was not nearly as unpleasant as it looks actually. It was that magical temperature where the water on the ground is not frozen but when it gets kicked up and in the wind it cools...
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    I like Phil Wood as well but I slightly prefer...

    I like Phil Wood as well but I slightly prefer anti seize, it seemed to stick around slightly better during my little test. Both paired with spoke prep work amazing compared to any thing else I have...
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