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radial lacing shimano hubs(4 posts)

radial lacing shimano hubsPeteyO
Feb 4, 2002 6:57 PM
I have some Shimano hubs that I want to rebuild. I'm considering building the front hub with radial lacing but Shimano says that their hubs aren't made for radial. Wonding if anyone has any experience or knowledge of this. With so many wheels today having radial spokes why can't this be done with Shimano hubs? Is is the lower flange? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
re: radial lacing shimano hubsLen J
Feb 5, 2002 4:24 AM
Shimano won't warrent the hubs if radial laced. They don't believe the flange is sturdy enough. I would think tht they would know.

Len
re: radial lacing shimano hubsfeathers mcgraw
Feb 5, 2002 5:23 AM
I've done it knowing that the warranty would be voided. I haven't had any problems. You shouldn't re-lace a hub in a different pattern, however. The flange is bedded in for one lacing pattern already.
very true! once laced the wheel should be rebuilt the same wayjohan burnt eels
Feb 5, 2002 6:02 AM
the king and soldier of radial lacing himself Sheldon Brown advocates radial lacing on front wheels and ensures no problems as long as the hub is forged (not cnc'ed) and is built this way from new. if it has been built 3x prior the flanges have slightly bedded in from the previous build.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html#radial

i would suggest using spoke prep rather than greasing the nipples as they have a tendency to unwind over time.

shimano would probably void their warranty on parts for use in the summer hemisphere if they thought there would be a problem. your hub will be fine as long as you dont go too low on the spoke count and build with as even tension as possible. oval spokes help to guide if you have any spoke twist when tensioning.