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Anyone Ever Drill a Hub fof DT Alpine IIIs?

Old 11-03-07, 09:49 AM
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Anyone Ever Drill a Hub fof DT Alpine IIIs?

I was thinking that I would learn from others mistakes before I go hogging out precious cold forged Alloy.
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Old 11-03-07, 03:53 PM
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Unless the hub was specifically made for bladed spokes, drilling the spoke holes to elongate them will void your warranty faster than anything. BTW, there are specific tools made to do just this but hub manufacturers universally recommend against it.
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Old 11-03-07, 06:10 PM
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Why do you need to drill?

I built a wheel a couple years ago with Alpine III. I wish they still made those babies, they are hard to find, and work great - best spokes I ever used, before and since.
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I have done it several times. I used an x/y jig mounted in my drill press to get bit lined up right. After that I used a larger bit in a hand held fixture to chamfer the holes.

Some hubs will take an Alpine spoke and some will not. Check before you drill. Just insert one of the spokes and make sure that it will fit smoothly into the hub. If not you need to drill it out.

You can get Alpines from any one that deals with Quality. I think Hawley also carries them.
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Originally Posted by Rev.Chuck View Post

You can get Alpines from any one that deals with Quality. I think Hawley also carries them.
hawleyusa.com

They don't sell to people. Just resellers (no "add to cart")
They don't have Alpine III. Honestly, I think those are out of production.

EDIT: But JensonUSA has them! Yipee!!!!!
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They are not out of production. I am a reseller. Hawley could direct sell, but they would have to double their prices to cover the cost of answering questions.
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About Jenson. They sell them for about the same price an LBS will(around a buck a spoke), but with Jenson you have to buy a box(72) plus the shipping, with an LBS you can buy they number you need. Also of interest is their comment about tandem spokes, they only offer spokes up to 262. I work for the biggest tandem dealer on the east coast. Most tandems have 700c wheels, requiring a spoke in the 290+ range. For that matter most tandems do not come with Alpine spoked wheels(we sell Santana, Comotion, Calfee, and KHS)
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Originally Posted by Rev.Chuck View Post
Hawley could direct sell, but they would have to double their prices to cover the cost of answering questions.
I went to their web page and they don't have the Alpine III.

Thank you for the info re. Alpine III still in production! Good news, really!

Regarding Jenson selling at about LBS price - good point, I guess I'll check with my LBS first.

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FINLAND! EVERYTHING is more expensive here than in USA, even much more expensive.



EDIT: all the tandems I saw and rode here, had 26" wheels. That's the kind of people you have, here, what can I do.
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