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Spoke length question(3 posts)

Spoke length questionSlip Stream
Nov 11, 2003 12:02 PM
If spoke length calculators list a spoke length that is not available, is it better to go larger, smaller or keep looking for the correct size? The jump goes from 1 mm shorter to 2 mm larger. The rim is aero (deep).

Thanks all!
re: Spoke length question_jim_
Nov 11, 2003 8:42 PM
you can always drop by a shop with a phil wood machine, and have them chop the spokes down a little
I would go 1 mm shorterbimini
Nov 12, 2003 5:36 AM
If you are using a normal length brass nipple. There will still be more than enough threads in the nipple and no risk of a spoke protruting past the head of the nipple (which can be tough on tubes). Also, spokes do stretch a little and set in over time, so you have threads left to tighten the wheel back up.

If you are using short aluminum nipples the length is more critical. Aluminium is softer so you need all the treads. I don't use aluminium nipples anymore. The problems are not worth 30-40 grams of weight savings.