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DT Revolutions...worth it?(4 posts)

DT Revolutions...worth it?took
Jan 16, 2004 1:27 PM
I am building up a wheelset w/ IRD cadence rims, 32h front and rear, and was considering using revos on the front, but have a couple reservations.

1) I've heard they are a pain to build up b/c the wind-up so much under tension. Any truth to this? I normally use wheelsmith spoke prep...will this help w/ the wind-up?

2) I'm not a huge rider, but not small either ( 6'2 175 lbs) and I wonder if the revos are too flimsy...I have a cane creek aerohead wheel in the front right now and it flexes quit a bit when i'm out of the saddle. Is a revo-built wheel gonna do the same?

re: DT Revolutions...worth it?carpe_podium
Jan 17, 2004 12:40 PM
I'm about your weight and recently built up a set of wheels with Open Pros and revos up front and on the non-drive side of the rear wheel. I used 3X lacing and I can't detect any flex in either wheel while standing. The front wheel also doesn't rub the brakes during hard cornering either. The revos do want to wind up on you during tensioning. Lube the eyelets before installing any spokes\nipples. Also, do the back off a quarter turn after tightning trick and it will help with the windup. Also proper stress relieving while tensioning will help to alleviate the wind up too.
Yep, 1 drop of oil on nipple eyelet interface. (nm)Al1943
Jan 18, 2004 4:34 PM
Spoke PrepNessism
Jan 17, 2004 10:19 PM
Spoke Prep is basically a thread locking agent. Using it will INCREASE wind up because it makes the spoke nipples difficult to turn. Because of this, I think regular oil is better to use. I don't think you will have loosening problems because the spokes will just flex in the middle.

As far as the spokes go, I like to use 15/16's on the front and non-drive rear. A little extra meat on them and easier to build with.

Good luck.