How may on here build your own wheels?
I've built a few as I had some hubs on rims that weren't right for what I wanted, the cost of getting them built on new rims was high. Gota nipple wrench, turned my bike upside down as a jig and refered to a certain webpage. It's good that I can now build/maintain my whole bike, I have ended up fixing a few peoples wheels though but its all good practice and I get the odd bottle of wine out of it.Posted 7 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
Just wondering how many folk on here bother to built their own wheels and why?
I've probably made 4 or 5 wheels so far and to me it was the last step in being able to fully maintain / build my bike for me and I was sick of dinging rims and then having to tweak to remove wobbles etc.
The wheels I have now (only 1 set shared for 2 bikes) were built about 2 years ago and have been all over the UK on my hardtail and DHing for 4 days in the Alps, and 4 days singletracking in the Alps on the Enduro. I've only had to twist a few nipples to take a ding out once.
I love the fact that I've built my wheels. They were built to be tough
CK rear hub (my 40th birthday prezzie) , ACI stainless DB spokes Mavic 729 rimPosted 7 years ago
Superstar 20mm front hub, ACI stainless DB spokes Mavic 729 rim.coatesyMember
Learnt to true mine because I couldn't rely on local shops' standard of work,full builds were the next step. Now actually working in a bike shop full time, probably been building professionally for the last 15yrs.Don't see the point in buying a fully built wheel if all I need to replace is a rim or hub.Posted 7 years agocookeaaSubscriber
I've built a few now. Works out at twelve wheels over the last ten years, so I couldn't call myself a frequent builder. I've probably bought more wheels in the same period. Is still good fun if you hav a spare wet afternoon, but sadly I don't get many of those now. Oh for spokd lengths look up 'spocalc.xls' on google, handy tool.Posted 7 years agomatthew_hMember
A year ago I'd never built one but now I've probably built 700+ but then it was my job.
Now working elsewhere and still building wheels there but nowhere near as many a week now.
It was something I wanted to learn as it was about the only task on bike that I had not done so think I've succeeded therePosted 7 years agoRusty MacSubscriber
Sorry to hijack you thred a little but i am looking at getting into building my own wheels (winter project), i have got the guide from the wheelpro website and am going to be shortly looking into building the truing stand in his guide. I to have not been terribly impressed with my local shops wheel building skills and with the price i just paid for what i got i feel it is time I taught myself. Have you guys got any hints, tips, tricks or advice you can pass on to a newbie?
RustyPosted 7 years agomildredMember
I've built loads over the years – as mentioned above, I found that the wheels I'd bought went slack and wobbly after the first few rides, so I was forever tweaking.
I now don't bother with a truing stand or dishing tool and can do it by eye, with the final tweak whilst they're mounted in the frame/forks. Most important thing I found was using the correct length spokes, and that UST rims are a bastard.Posted 7 years agodavidtaylforthMember
I have built the wheelset that is currently on my hardtail. Some old Hope bulbs with a 721 rear/719 front combo.
The rear has lasted two downhilling trips to the Alps (on a hardtail) and loads of general xc/dh/jump stuff in the uk. Ive barely had to tweak it since building. I probably wouldnt bother letting anyone else build wheels for me, if you take your time and follow a good guide then you'll probably end up with a better wheel than what you could buy from a shop.Posted 7 years agoMSPSubscriber
sv – Member
Me too, built a few sets now using the Wheelpro book/stand. Also bought a set of Hope Hoops (Pro2/Flows) and was shocked at the low tension!
Yep, the first set I built was flow rims on hope pro II hubs, before they built them as a factory set, when I needed a new set of wheels the price of the hoops was cheaper than the component parts, so I bought them, then a couple of months later I needed to rebuild them with new spokes (used new spokes because I don't trust spokes that have been ridden on badly tensioned wheels).Posted 7 years agolovewookieMember
built a few, mostly as I like the ability to switch rims when I knacker them.
Blingest were a set of AC hubs, DTrevs with gold alu nipples and Stans Olympics. Stupid light.
Mostly I like to be able to spec up alternate coloured nipples and funny lacing patterns without being chastised by some mechanic. 😉Posted 7 years ago
barrykellett – have a look at the link below – ACI DB spokes @ 26p each.Posted 7 years agoAlasdairMcMember
I've done a couple, just two rear wheels using those £7.50 Deore hubs. I reasoned a new hub plus spokes was cheaper than a freehub body and bearings, and think they went quite well actually.
My second build was using old spokes and alloy nipples though, so I reckon I'll re-do it when I get the chance.Posted 7 years ago
clubber – Member
barrykellett – have a look at the link below – ACI DB spokes @ 26p each.
Cheers manPosted 7 years ago
Are the ACI spokes as good as their DT Swiss comparable?
I know Merlin use ACI on their builds unless you specify DT swiss as an upgrade so they must be ok?D0NKSubscriber
I built one recently, didn't put enough tension in it, quick test ride was fine but it loosened right up on the first proper ride, proper waggly. Got LBS to sort it as I'd lost all confidence in my build. Gonna have another go soon as I got one that needs a new rim. No way would I build a brand new one tho, cheaper to buy ready built.Posted 7 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
I built a wheel truing jig and dishing stick for my GCSE technology project in the early 90s and been building my own ever since. It costs more than a factory built wheel and it takes me much much longer than a pro builder but the end result is a much more evenly balanced wheel than I've even seen come out of a shop. I only build for me and close freinds due to the time element. It is however, very satisfying.Posted 7 years agoElfinsafetyMember
Done a few sets over the yers. Started off because I'd been knocked off by a hit and run driver who kindly destroyed my rear wheel. As an unemployed 16-year old, I had no spare cash to get them built after laying out for new rim, spokes and hub. So I used the front one as guide, and built it up. Just used the frame and brakes as a jig.
I've built all my wheels this way, and never used a proper jig except for when I worked in a bike shop for a while. I've never had a single failure or even a snapped spoke. Hardly ever have to true them either.
I'm not quick, but I enjoy it. I'd trust a set I built myself over any others.Posted 7 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
"Mainly becasue I wanted to learn how to do it, "
Ditto – I had some dismantled wheel which I used to work through the procedure but binned this practice wheel. The second one used a new hub and spokes on a good old rim and went fairly well so now I keep it as a backup wheel.
I'd build more but it's cheaper to buy factory built and then tweak them.Posted 7 years ago
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