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Installing Ksyrium Spokes???(6 posts)

Installing Ksyrium Spokes???robocomp
Jul 22, 2002 10:47 PM
Any links to sites that give detailed info on replacing front and rear Ksyrium spokes????
too simple...C-40
Jul 23, 2002 8:18 AM
Ksyrium spokes are too simple to require instructions. The spokes have a nipple that screws into the rim. Unscrew it and the end of the spoke comes loose from the rim. The other end just pushes out of the slot in the hub.

As I remember, the threads are left-handed to make the nipple turn in the same direction as a conventional nipple to increase or decrease spoke tension.
Not so simple!!grzy
Jul 23, 2002 2:03 PM
Radial spokes require that your remove the retainer clip at the hub, then reinstall. Tnagential spokes (rear wheel non-drive side only) do not. Simple enough. However, installing the nipple in the rim requires some sort of thread locking compound since the nipple thread pitch is quite coarse and will loosen on it's on in short order. Been there, done that, wasn't fun. I prefer to use BLUE Loctite and let it sit over night once the wheel has been trued before riding it - per the instructions. Make sure that you use the Mavic tools for adjusting the spokes and the nipple wrench can now been had in a cast aluminum vice the standard plastic which tends to strip if not FULLY inserted onto the nipple. They're not left handed.

Hey C-40 how could you mess something up that's so "simple"? ;-)
maybe not for the simple minded!!!C-40
Jul 23, 2002 6:33 PM
Geez, that's real rocket science. Use the nipple wrench and spoke holder that Mavic provides and put some blue loctite on the threads. Pretty damn simple, if you ask me.

The spokes on the new SSC SL models are self-locking according to the Mavic website. No loctite required.

And by the way dumb-ass, checkout those threads, they are left-handed. Hold the nipple next to an ordinary right-hand threaded bolt, then it's obvious. Do you still feel real smart?
Are you saying I would thread the spoke into the nipple inPaul
Jul 24, 2002 4:06 AM
a CCW direction (left handed thread)? Every other spoke I've tighten has been CW. Just curious as i have K's, but have never trued them. This guy uses loctite on everything. He's knowledgeable, but arrogant.
they only go one way...C-40
Jul 24, 2002 6:58 AM
If you turn the nipple the wrong way when installing a new spoke, it won't hurt anything, it just won't thread into the rim. A left hand thread turns CCW to thread the nipple into the rim.

Trueing the wheels is no different than regular spokes. Both turn in the same direction to tighten or loosen, since the Ksyrium nipple (LH) pushes the spoke and a regular nipple (RH)pulls the spoke.