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Wheelsmith Spoke Prep(4 posts)

Wheelsmith Spoke PrepPatM
Aug 28, 2002 10:46 AM
What is the difference in the colors ? Orange or Blue
What does it do for the wheel ?

Never used it on any of my other wheels that I have built, but though I would look into it for a new set that I am building
Thanks in advance, Pat
Well, orange is orange and blue is blue.Spoke Wrench
Aug 28, 2002 10:51 AM
The reason for two colors is that rear wheels frequently use two different spoke lengths, usually only 1mm apart. Using two different colors makes it easy to identify the different sizes. I always use the red for the right side just so I don't get confused.
Well, orange is orange and blue is blue.PatM
Aug 28, 2002 11:08 AM
Obviously you use it, so what benefit does it give you ? at build time and long term
I think I was confusing it with locktite or something like that
Actually, I think that it is locktite or something like that.Spoke Wrench
Aug 28, 2002 2:12 PM
It's a little bit different though because Wheelsmith says to make sure that it completely dries before assembling the wheel. The threadlocker products I'm familiar with say to immediately assemble after application. There's even a post assembly locktite, but I've never used it.

It's supposed to smoothen and quicken the assembly process and hold the nipples snugly thereafter. I have previously built wheels using bare spokes and spokes prepped with linseed oil. I like the Wheelsmith Spoke Prep better.