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Wheelbuilding/Loctite Question...(7 posts)

Wheelbuilding/Loctite Question...asphalt assault
Feb 23, 2003 6:24 AM
A shop is going to build my wheels for me but they have me worried. They say they use Tri'flo as a lube and then after the build is done the use a small drop of Loc-Tite 290 (light duty green stuff) on the lower tension, non drive side rear to keep them from vibrating loose.

The shop is "Licktons" in Oak Park IL and is a reputable mail order supplier. They'v been in business for years but this Loc-Tite issue really bothers me. I tried it, per their suggestion, with an MTB wheelset a few years ago (using alloy nipples though) and I had nothing but problems when I had to true them up.

Your Thoughts?
I would not do itthe bull
Feb 23, 2003 6:53 AM
You could use any oil when building up the wheel.
tri-flow will work.I use Honda ATF cause its free for me.
But..I would not stick any kind of loctite in the nipple.
If you a going to be truing the wheels once and a while then they should not be vibrating loose right?
Also I hate alloy nipples they wil give you nothing but problems anyway.Use silver brass nipples.
re: Wheelbuilding/Loctite Question...curlybike
Feb 23, 2003 7:39 AM
Loctite 290 is not a light duty product, I use 242 with no ill effects. I do use a tool called Twist Resist when making adjustments though. It does make the wheel more durable over the long haul. DT sells a loctite product called spoke freeze and it is very good also and very mild or light duty.
Linseed Oil. The world's best spoke prep! (nm)bludoggy
Feb 23, 2003 8:01 AM
Low-strength Thread-locker(purple) works great...Quack
Feb 23, 2003 10:03 AM
I've used low-strength locker with alloy nipples on at least 10 wheels over the last couple years and have had no issues with loose spokes. Truing is a little more tricky due to the added twist that the resistance causes, but it is not bad enough to cause rounding of the alloy.
re: Wheelbuilding/Loctite Question...Mike Tea
Feb 24, 2003 6:09 PM
No wheel with sufficient tension needs gluing together. I use the finest lube possible for the threads - Anti Seize compound - and have never had a (homebuilt) wheel slacken off since Lance was a kid.

Build them yourself and do them right!
re: Wheelbuilding/Loctite Question...Hardtail
Feb 25, 2003 11:48 AM
After building hundreds of wheels and using just some kind of lube (tri-flow, grease, pedros syn-lube etc) Ive never had a loosening problem. As long as the tension is correct loctite is just a big pain in the butt if you do have to true them up.