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Built a Clyde proof wheel!

Old 07-15-14, 12:52 PM
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Built a Clyde proof wheel!

I built my first wheel last night and just wanted to share it. I used:

Rim: Velocity Chukker 36h (700c)
Hub: Shimano XT 756 Disc
Spokes: DT Comp (double butted)
Nipples: DT Brass

I also have a 32h Chukker awaiting some parts to build for the front wheel too.

I initially wanted to build up a set of Dyads but I had a hard time finding them in 36h, black, NON-machined for a decent price and had a bad experience with a retailer in the process. I got fed up and just ordered the Chukkers which were easy to find in stock and I knew would be very strong and reliable (albeit heavy). It took me about 5 hours start to finish even though I had to re-lace half of it because I had the valve hole in the wrong position. I brought it by the LBS earlier today for them to do a quick inspection because I was a little worried I had over-tensioned the spokes. They were impressed and said it looked and felt perfect, which made me feel good since I had never even trued a wheel before last night. Overall the job was easier and went a lot smoother than I had planned. I can't wait for the first ride on it after work this evening!

I got a lot of great advice and ideas from both current and old threads on this forum, so thanks to all those who contribute!
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Similar build to a wheel set I bought over the winter, except mine have Deore non-disc hubs and MSW Chukkers.

I ride mostly gravel and crushed stone, and my wheels have held up well so far this year. I did have the LBS retension the wheels when I noticed pinging and found a loose spoke right before a long ride, and all was well with the exception of that one spoke.

The only issue I had with the Chukkers is that Veloplugs were so loose that they were unusable in most of the holes in the rim, although they held firm in a few, which I thought was interesting because my 26" wheels built with Aeroheat rims utilized the Veloplugs perfectly.
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin
The only issue I had with the Chukkers is that Veloplugs were so loose that they were unusable in most of the holes in the rim, although they held firm in a few, which I thought was interesting because my 26" wheels built with Aeroheat rims utilized the Veloplugs perfectly.
Yeah I ran into some issues with the Veloplugs also. The red ones fit just fine in the 36h rear that I just built. However they fall right out of the 32h rim I'm going to use for the front. I contacted Velocity about it and this was the response I got:

"I don’t know what to tell you they should fit, however it could be they were drilled a bit bigger for one reason or another. I checked some rims in the back and the red plugs seemed to fit just fine. I can send you some Velotape at no charge in place of those plugs."

I also ordered a bag of the yellow ones which are slightly larger which I'm hoping will fit. One other work-around that I read somewhere is to just run a single wrap of electrical tape around the rim to hold the Veloplugs in place. Obviously that partially defeats the purpose of using the plugs though.
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Let me know how the yellows work. I assumed that they would be too tight. I probably won't replace the strips I am using now very soon, but I might want to in the future. Seems silly to choose a Chukker rim, and then be concerned with a few grams, but such is the nature of the bicycle addiction I am afflicted with.
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin
Let me know how the yellows work. I assumed that they would be too tight. I probably won't replace the strips I am using now very soon, but I might want to in the future. Seems silly to choose a Chukker rim, and then be concerned with a few grams, but such is the nature of the bicycle addiction I am afflicted with.
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Good job on building the wheel that you wanted. I am sure it will serve you well. Best thing, you can true it yourself and build a new one after 10,000+ miles.
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When I built wheels for my touring bike using Velocity Synergy OC rims, I tried their yellow VeloPlugs. Fit that rim perfectly... and lead to several tubes failing right at the valve stem. I tried using sandpaper to smooth out the valve stem hole, but kept having problems. Lesson learned I threw the VeloPlugs in the trash, went back to Velox cloth rim tape and haven't had a problem since...
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Good job !

Good job gearhead82 !
Those should do the job very nicely, I believe you will have many thousands of trouble free miles on those. For what it's worth these are similar and have been bombproof!
  • Velocity Chukker 40 holes
  • Wheelsmith 14-15 spokes
  • Phil Woods rear
  • SON 28 Genhub front
I have over 12k miles on these now without a single issue. I was over 430lbs of rider/bike/gear when new and still WELL over 325 lbs rolling down the road. Anacortes WA to Norfolk VA to Key West to Phoenix AZ .
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Some awesome builds in this thread. Congrats to OP on the successful wheelbuild -- you should get 1,000s and 1,000s of miles out of those!
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Congrats! It is always a great feeling riding wheels you built yourself and even more special when it is your first set!

Nice selection of parts as well. Despite paying my bills with wheel building I always try to get people to just go for it and built their first set of wheels. It is really not that difficult if you do your homework and have the patience to make sure everything is as it should be.

Enjoy many thousands of miles out of your new wheels!
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Thanks everyone! The first ride went well. The Shimano free hub is very quiet while coasting, which I like. I only heard 2 tiny clicks from the spokes on the first revolution of the wheel, then it was silent for the rest of the ride. Hopefully that means I did a decent job stress relieving as I built it. When the lbs used to true my wheels they would sound like popcorn for the first few revolutions afterward!

I think the hardest part was figuring out which parts to buy and stressing over spoke lengths. I'm fairly mechanically inclined and had watched enough youtube videos and read enough websites (Sheldon Brown, etc) by the time I got the parts I felt pretty confident in the assembly.

I'm glad I went with the Chukkers. I'd like to get a 29er MTB sometime soon and I think they will work very well in that application too. It'll be nice to be able to swap wheels easily between bikes.
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Originally Posted by gearhead82
Thanks everyone! The first ride went well. The Shimano free hub is very quiet while coasting, which I like. I only heard 2 tiny clicks from the spokes on the first revolution of the wheel, then it was silent for the rest of the ride. Hopefully that means I did a decent job stress relieving as I built it. When the lbs used to true my wheels they would sound like popcorn for the first few revolutions afterward!

I think the hardest part was figuring out which parts to buy and stressing over spoke lengths. I'm fairly mechanically inclined and had watched enough youtube videos and read enough websites (Sheldon Brown, etc) by the time I got the parts I felt pretty confident in the assembly.

I'm glad I went with the Chukkers. I'd like to get a 29er MTB sometime soon and I think they will work very well in that application too. It'll be nice to be able to swap wheels easily between bikes.
Sounds like you do better wheel work than your LBS!

Spoke length is not fun to figure out at first but once you find a calculator that you know well it helps a lot. Some always seem high, some always seem low but if you stick with the same one always chances you will figure out its patterns.
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin
Let me know how the yellows work. I assumed that they would be too tight. I probably won't replace the strips I am using now very soon, but I might want to in the future. Seems silly to choose a Chukker rim, and then be concerned with a few grams, but such is the nature of the bicycle addiction I am afflicted with.
LD, I received the yellow veloplugs and they are in fact too large to fit the slightly oversized holes in my Chukker rim. So still no perfect solution for these rims I guess.
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Originally Posted by gearhead82
LD, I received the yellow veloplugs and they are in fact too large to fit the slightly oversized holes in my Chukker rim. So still no perfect solution for these rims I guess.
I was afraid of that... I suspected the 2 different plugs would not be that close in size. Thanks for the info!
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