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Old 05-21-06, 08:13 PM
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Twist my nipples...

I don't do any drops bigger than 2-3ft. I'm having serious wheel issues.

I got a set of XT Rhyno Lites for X-mas that were probably machine-built. I got a set of XT x317disc from eBay that were as new and probably machine built. Both sets have DT straight guage spokes.

I rode them both for a while and the spokes loosened up on them both, so I had my LBS retension and true them back up. Since then, I have had the XT Rhyno Lites retensioned and they're loose again. The XT 317's are ready for another retension. There are even a few spokes that have absolutely zero tension on them. They just wiggle.

If I have my LBS detension them and put linseed oil on them and retension them, is that going to cure my problem?

Or should I just have them retensioned, sell them to someone who does pure XC, and buy some Mavic Crossrides or Crosslands?
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Locktite the nipples.

Get a spoke wrench and learn to tighten the spokes on your own.
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I have a wrench, I twist my nipples.

I am just tired of having to do it all the time. I take 'em to the shop b/c I don't have a truing stand and I don't want to mess with them too much w/o a stand.

It seems like I have to get this done every other month or sooner. I know that's not right. I used to have a set of XT517's and the only time I needed to hit them with a wrench was when I did a really good size drop and knocked them out of true a smidge. There wasn't any of this "multiple loose spoke" crap that I'm dealing with right now.

As far as locktite goes, I'm not completely adverse to it...I want a professional job. Is this what professional wheel builders do? Do they use the "semi-locktite" so they can true them in the future?
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I was just joking about the locktite.

I think it's normal to have to tighten them once a month. I've had to tighten my new rear wheel 3 times since I got it.
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Originally Posted by Jason222
I was just joking about the locktite.

I think it's normal to have to tighten them once a month. I've had to tighten my new rear wheel 3 times since I got it.
I'd say it's not normal.

And yes, you can use blue loctite or linseed oil.
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Originally Posted by Jason222
I think it's normal to have to tighten them once a month. I've had to tighten my new rear wheel 3 times since I got it.
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yeah i agree, i dont think it is very normal to have to tighten them once per month , when you got the wheels where they used, you might need new nipples from stretch
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Originally Posted by chelboed
I have a wrench, I twist my nipples.

I am just tired of having to do it all the time. I take 'em to the shop b/c I don't have a truing stand and I don't want to mess with them too much w/o a stand.

It seems like I have to get this done every other month or sooner. I know that's not right. I used to have a set of XT517's and the only time I needed to hit them with a wrench was when I did a really good size drop and knocked them out of true a smidge. There wasn't any of this "multiple loose spoke" crap that I'm dealing with right now.

As far as locktite goes, I'm not completely adverse to it...I want a professional job. Is this what professional wheel builders do? Do they use the "semi-locktite" so they can true them in the future?
With a xc rim as you have, they require regular maintenance. Heck all wheels do. Suck it up and get used to "doing it all the time" ...

Ghetto truing stand, Get a chop stick, cut in half, mark where the rim is when perfect but ziptying to frame in current "good" position. When wheel untrue, put chop sticks with zip tie back and retrue. You soooooo don't need a truing stand.

Likely the way I ride (hack) and my weight (big) but unless I am riding high end fr or dh rims I retrue almost consantly.
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