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Old 12-21-04, 06:56 PM   #1
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rims...eyelets or no eyelets?

i'm a bmx'er. i build my own wheels. i try to always use alloy spline drive nipples, and insist on using them for the fixie wheels i am preparing to build. should i use rims with eyelets? this bike will mostly be used on the street.

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Old 12-22-04, 03:13 AM   #2
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Eyeletted rims can be built with tighter spokes = stronger wheels. Never used alloy nipples though. Generally for fullsize wheels its eyelets unless budget is tight.
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you can get good rims that arent eyeletted. some velocity rims dont have eyelets and are very strong, but thats because they are deep section. if you're getting a rim that is not a deep section, definately look for eyeletted rims. some rims have double eyelets which are even stronger, allowing for higher spoke tensions.
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Eyelets prevent the spokes from being pulled through the rim, so you can make a tighter (stronger) wheel with them. Eyelets also prevent water and road grit from getting inside the rim, a consideration if you ride in the rain or off pavement. But if you're just riding a fixie in the street, and don't plan on seeing much wet weather you can choose- you get what you pay for. Alloy spokes don't really make that much difference in weight/performance over standard brass, especially for a fixie that doesnt see real steep hills or racing. But they come in colors, so they can look cool. But easier to strip than brass, and more likely to weld/oxidize themselves to the spokes over time than brass, so they're not as practical for long-term longevity.
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Alloy spokes don't really make that much difference in weight/performance over standard brass, especially for a fixie that doesnt see real steep hills or racing. But they come in colors, so they can look cool. But easier to strip than brass, and more likely to weld/oxidize themselves to the spokes over time than brass, so they're not as practical for long-term longevity.
i use spline drive alloy spoke nipples. they DO NOT round out while tightening. as far as i am concerned, they are one of the best bicycle innovations of the past 10 years, along with the white industries eno freewheel. dare i say it, even better than the threadless headset system.

i guess since i may be attempting stuff like rockwalks on this bike, i'll go with eyelets, 3cross, maybe even on the front wheel. thanks for the info.
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they also weaken a rim because they make a larger hole. a single eyelet hard anodized wheel is a weak wheel prone to cracking. velocity rims are very strong (not just the deep v rims and they have no eyelets.
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