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wheel build(6 posts)

wheel buildebs
Dec 22, 2001 8:17 AM
I will be building my 1st wheelset shortly, (under excellent tutelage). It will be built with chris king hubs and mavic open pro cd rims. My question is spoke count and spoke size (I know the teacher will have his opinion also).It never hurts to get other opinions. I weight 145lbs if this helps any and this will be my training wheelset. Thanks in advance. EBS
Dec 22, 2001 8:39 AM
At your weight you don't need more than 28H. Revolution (14/17) gage are fine for the front and left rear. Stick with 14/15 gage for the right rear. The revolutions can be a bit tougher to true-up. They are so thin in the middle that they twist and wind up easily. 14/15's would make the job easier.
Dec 22, 2001 12:13 PM
Yes that's right, I weigh 67kg which is about 145 pounds. My wheels are 28 spokes laced radially with the drive side on the rear crossed. They roll a treat, one of the benefits of being a lighter rider is that we can ride lighter wheels.

Good luck with the wheel building, sounds like fun with an end purpose.
What about a 195lb guy?B2
Dec 22, 2001 5:56 PM
Was thinking 32h 3x DT Rev 14/17 front and left rear and DT DB 14/15 right rear (Hugi 240 hubs and open pros).

What's the verdict - will they hold up?

Thanks - Bryan
Should be fine if built well (nm)Kerry Irons
Dec 23, 2001 8:36 AM
What about a 195lb guy?sprockets
Dec 23, 2001 11:26 AM
Talked to a couple of wheel guys when I was ordering spokes for a new build and they thought that the Revolution spokes were a pain in the ass to build, maintain, and that they seemed to have higher problem rates; and that this would be especially pronounced on the rear. Maybe for a light guy they would work, although they would still be a pain to build. They seemed unanimous on 14/15, or the stronger of the 3-butted spokes from Colorado Cyclist. I decided to play it safe and used the 14/15 and put alloy nips on all but the drive side to help with the weight concern.