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Old 06-30-10, 03:13 PM
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Quick question: spoke width

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Just about to buy some spokes - I want triple butted but the base is 2.34mm will my Shimano M525 hub be able to take that or should I stick with 2.0mm double butted spokes?

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They'll be a snug fit but they'll work.

The holes in the hub flange have to be big enough to handle the thickest part of the spoke. In most cases, that turns out to be the threaded end. That's because rolling the spoke threads actually increases the diameter. Triple butted spokes take advantage of that fact by making the elbow the same diameter as the rolled threads.
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Thanks, what about elliptical spokes - are they any good? I can get them very cheaply but I am building a 36 spoke 3 cross rear wheel, so I want it to be strong. If there isn't too much strength difference I'll go for them.

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Go for the double butted 14 or 15 gauge spokes. With proper tension they will last through a few rims replacements. No real advantage to the triple butted or the bladed spokes.
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Oh well, too late! The elliptical ones are apparently "double butted" according to sheldon brown. They were also cheaper! For my new fixed gear bike I'll probably get double butted.

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