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Rim Eyelets(5 posts)

Rim Eyeletsdaniel_2001
Feb 16, 2003 2:46 PM
I am looking to build a couple of wheels on the cheap. I saw a closeout on rims that do not have eyelets. This is for a beater bike, so I am not looking to spend a lot on re-building it. (I build my own wheels) Are there any real disadavantages to a rim without eyelets?

re: Rim EyeletsSpoke Wrench
Feb 16, 2003 3:13 PM
As I understand it, the concept behind eyelets is to spread the load from the spoke over a broader area of the rim. Double eyelets are supposed to spread the load to the inner wall of the rim as well as the outer wall.

Eyelets make the wheel easier to build because there is less friction at the nipple/eyelet interface than on a plain aluminum rim. Concsquently, you can tension the wheel more before you start to round out all of the nipples. Double eyelets are even cooler to build because you can't lose the nipple into the rim extrusion.

Lots and lots of OEM bicycles come with uneyeletted rims. While they have a failure rate, it's obviously not high enough to blip on the manufacturer's consumer radar. I'd think that a decent hand built set of uneyeletted wheels would serve you just fine.
re: Rim EyeletsMR_GRUMPY
Feb 16, 2003 4:40 PM
If they are a box type rim without eyelets, I wouldn't use them. If they are a V type, there shouldn't be any problems. The trick for building with rims without eyelets is to make sure that the nipple bed is well greased. If you don't, it will be hard to get the correct tension in your spokes.
re: Rim Eyeletsupandcomer
Feb 17, 2003 8:50 AM
What's the difference for V type rims. I'm planning to build a set of wheels right away with Deep V's and I don't think they'll have eyelets. Will high spoke tension be a problem?
re: Rim Eyeletscurlybike
Feb 17, 2003 8:35 PM
Deep V's are tough. I built a set for a guy that is really tough on wheels and the guy blew up the rear hub but the rim stayed in perfect shape. The hub was literally in pieces. The fusion rims are a good choice also. I have been seeing more trouble with rims that have eyelets(ferrules) than those that have none. Some mavics are really screwing up around the ferrules. Pull out the rim tape and several of the outer ferrule cup are stuck to the tape.