dt swiss or sapim/ wheelbuilding

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by F.G., May 23, 2006.

  1. F.G.

    F.G. New Member

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    Hi, i was wondering if anyone could tell me which spokes were better, I'm trying to build a set of wheels i was sondering if anyone could give me adviceabout this, which spokes to use or any advice about how to build a wheel?
    any help would be welcome.

    yours, F.G
    thanks
     
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  2. fish156

    fish156 New Member

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    DT, Sapim, and Wheelsmith are all excellent quality spokes and there should be no qualms about using any of these three manufacturers. If you are going to the trouble of building your own wheels, do yourself a favor and use double butted spokes (14/15). They make for a superior wheel and available from all three manufacturers. Use brass nipples until you are used to building. There are weight advantages to using alloy nipples, but they can be problematic. Brass is tried and true.

    Good sources for wheelbuilding:

    "The Bicycle Wheel" by Jobst Brandt (book)
    "The Art of Wheelbuilding" by Gerd Schraner (book)
    http://sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html - a free, on-line guide to wheelbuilding
    Barnett's Manual - the chapters on wheelbuilding and truing

    Sheldon's free stuff is superb and will set you on the path to building great wheels. The others are very common references for the task. Take your time and have fun. Good luck!
     
  3. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    yeah, all good. Just buy which ever brand is easiest to get a hold of, and/or, is cheaper -- that's what I do. My local shop can get DTs in a day or 2, so that's what I buy
     
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