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Wheel Building (spokes and nipples)(5 posts)

Wheel Building (spokes and nipples)bluebike
Apr 10, 2003 11:30 AM
Hi all,

I am putting together a wheelset, but before I begin, I have come to my first question. I have CXP-33 rims/Ultegra hubs with 32 spokes front/rear. I weigh approximately 200 lbs.

Would a DB 14/15/14 work well? What spoke length would I need? I prefer black spokes and blue alloy nipples, I suppose DT brand. Any suggestions on the DT spokes that would work best?

Thanks so much!
re: Wheel Building (spokes and nipples)atpjunkie
Apr 10, 2003 11:44 AM
spoke length will depend on lacing pattern. at 200 lbs you should lace them 3X. 14/15/14 is fine or straight 14's. Personally I've had so-so luck with anodized spokes, I think the process weakens them. If I was making a suggestion to you, I'd go 14/15/14 3x Silver Spokes and brass nipples. They weigh more, but are stronger and tend to take more abuse. It won't look as cool but ya know what looks less cool? walking your bike half a lap or more because you broke a spoke, knocked the wheel out of true and had your brake pad cut through your sidewall. Just my Opinion.
re: Wheel Building (spokes and nipples)bluebike
Apr 10, 2003 11:53 AM
Thanks for the experience! So with your recommendation, "14/15/14 3x," what length spoke would I need? Thanks again!

Spoke length.TWD
Apr 10, 2003 1:03 PM
I'm 200+ and I've always used DT 14/15/14 spokes and brass or aluminum nipples for road, cross and mtb laces 3 cross. It's not the lightest combo out there, but plenty strong.

To determine your spoke length, take a look at Sheldon Brown's wheelbuilding page.

He references a number of different spoke calculators available on line for free. I use the one offered by Damon Rinard, as it seems to have the best database of rims and hubs.

The info on your Mavic rims and Ultegra hubs should be pretty easy to find. All you need to do is input the correct parameters into the spreadsheet (make sure you put in the spoke count, lacing pattern etc..) and always make sure to triple check you input paramaters before ordering your spokes.

Your other option is to go to your LBS and get the spokes through them. They will be able to calculate spoke length for you if you tell them what rim/hub/lacing pattern combo you want to use.
Spoke length.bluebike
Apr 11, 2003 6:32 AM
Thanks, TWD! Very helpful info.