Wheel rebuilding with bladed spokes

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  1. trijicon

    trijicon New Member

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    I was wondering.... is it possible to rebuild a wheel replacing regular spokes with bladed spokes? I have velomax ciruits as my training wheels and was thinking about rebuilding them with bladed spokes just for added aero. Is this possible? Also, where can I find aftermarket bladed spokes?

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  2. cmoore992002

    cmoore992002 New Member

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    I did it the other way around. My bladed spokes were crap. When I started riding the bike hard they started popping left and right. I ended up getting a new set of wheels and rebuilding the old ones with regular spokes. I now have a spare set hanging in the garage. Someone else will have to tell you if there are any good quality blade spokes out there to use.
     
  3. domaindomain

    domaindomain New Member

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    It can be done but there is some aggro with most hubs..

    You need to file out the hub spoke holes to get some blades through and this is not a good thing.

    Some blade spokes do hook through the other way but I have never tried these and can't comment on how to build the wheels

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  4. daveornee

    daveornee New Member

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    Sapim CX-Ray spokes fit through normal hub holes. They are close to $2 per spoke. You don't need to slot the hubs, but you do need a way to hold them from twisting when tensioning. Sapim makes a small donut shaped tool with slots in it to hold the spoke when tensioning. The spokes are available in even mm lengths; 292, 290 mm, etc.
    Sapim CX-Ray spokes are more durable than any other spoke I have ever used from any manufacturer and of any style.
    I likely can source them for you. dave at ornee dot net
    Take a look at the spokes at URL:
    http://www.sapim.be/index.php?st=products&sub=spokes&category=3959&id=3340&detail=aero
     
  5. artmichalek

    artmichalek New Member

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    A cheaper option would be DT Swiss Aero Lites. Or DT Swiss Aero Speed and Wheelsmith AE15. All three will fit through a hub without slotting it.
     
  6. otherworld

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    You have another problem though..... Your hubs require spokes with threads on both ends. You'll need to source bladed spokes that suit velomax hubs.

    Good Luck Jay.
     
  7. dhk

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    Good point. I've got Velomax Circuits also. Not saying it would be "impossible" to find the correct length of bladed spoke and have the j-bend cut off and threaded, but it would be a lot of work and expensive for virtually nothing.

    I think of the Circuits as a "one-shot" wheel anyway, with the threaded spokes locktighted into the hub. They seem very well-built; mine are holding up great at 7500 miles. But I'm figuring they wouldn't be worth rebuilding when they finally do give up....how many wheelbuilders would want to mess with twin-threaded spokes?
     
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