Re: [CR]Wheel Building advice sought

(Example: Framebuilding)

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 18:36:51 -0700
From: "Steve Maas" <>
To: jerrymoos <>,
Subject: Re: [CR]Wheel Building advice sought
References: <a0501040cbb1d39f6d01a@[]> <076901c339e3$b686c1b0$efddfea9@mooshome>

I strongly recommend measuring the wheel rims and hubs and calculating the spoke lengths. The published data for hub dimensions and rim ERD often are inaccurate. There are a number of spoke-length calculators on the web. I use the one by Damon Rinard, an Excel spreadsheet, which I can send you if you wish. It includes a database of hub and rim dimensions. I don't recommend using them, but they can serve as a "sanity check" for your measurements.

Lickton's is the cheapest I've found for spokes. "Cheap spokes" is something of an oxymoron, I'm afraid.

Sounds like you'll have some nice wheels, though.

Steve Maas Long Beach, California

jerrymoos wrote:
> OK, all you expert wheel builders, I'm planning to build two sets of wheels,
> one for a Caygill, one for a new Bates. Using Phil Wood hubs (126 rear,
> 48mm flanges) in both cases. Rims will be 36 hole Mavic MA-2 or maybe one
> set Ambrosio Gentleman. Sutherlands says the proper spoke length is about
> 303mm for 4X or 295mm for 3X on the MA-2. They don't list the Ambrosio
> Gentleman, but it seems pretty similar. Anyone have different advise? I'm
> partial to 4X, but would anyone recommend against this for this hub/rim
> combination? Finally, anyone know of a really cheap source for DT 14/15
> butted spokes? The best I've found so far is Lickton's at $11 per package
> of 20.
> Regards,
> Jerry Moos
> Houston, TX
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