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Advice on spokes, pleaseMink
Jul 10, 2003 11:33 AM
I'd like to build a set of wheels with Record/Chorus hubs and Mavic Open Pro rims, for daily training use. I'd like them to be as light as possible, but without sacrificing strength. I'm 70kg, a spinner rather than a masher, and I ride mountains and flats on reasonably good roads, covering 200-300km a week in season.

I'd really appreciate input on the best number, gauge and brand of spokes, along with the weight and strength implications. If you think a factory-built wheelset would serve me better, I'd welcome your perspective. Thanks!
re: Advice on spokes, pleaseMR_GRUMPY
Jul 10, 2003 11:42 AM
For training, I'd go with 28 front, 32 back. 15/16 DT's in front, and 14/15 DT's in back. Stick with brass nip's for the long run. If it was a race wheelset, you could go 28 in back also.
Good advice.brider
Jul 10, 2003 1:42 PM
The only thing I'd add is to go with either 2- or 3-cross in the front, and 3-cross in the back. Going fancy will only comromise the longevity.
Sounds about rightNessism
Jul 10, 2003 8:05 PM
I'm in the process of building up a set like this. 28 hole DA hubs front and rear, 15/16 3X front and non-drive rear, 14/15 drive rear, brass nipples all around.

I've used Revolution spokes before but found they are a little flexy, and are more difficult to build with; they tend to twist and are intolerant of over tightening. Been using 32 hole 15/16 spokes for years with no problem so thought I'd give 28 hole a try this time.

Jul 10, 2003 2:45 PM
I don't mean to skank Mink's post but i am in a similar position, maybe about 15 pounds heavier and was wondering specifically about sapim spokes. Any info? thanks.
Use DT Revolution spokesspookyload
Jul 10, 2003 3:12 PM
I just sold my training wheels that were dura ace with open pro rims. They had 32 rear and front, radial front and 2 cross rear. I got about 8000 miles on the wheels in three years and they were true as the day I bought them. I agree with the others about brass nipples though. Not worth the risk of cracked nipples with alloy for daily use. Spoke strength doesn't come from thick spokes in the middle, the strength is at the ends and the revolutions are 15 guage at the ends. I went with radial and two cross for a little extra wheel stiffness. BTW I am a 185lb gear masher and the wheels were rock solid.
I thought Revolutions were 14/17/14 (nm)Kerry Irons
Jul 10, 2003 5:18 PM
Revolutions come in both 2.0/1.5 and 1.8/1.5 (nm)TFerguson
Jul 10, 2003 5:54 PM
re: Advice on spokes, pleasedivve
Jul 11, 2003 9:56 PM
Sapim CX Ray spokes + the standard included Polyax nipples.

CX Ray specs.