- Straight pull spoke building tips
I have ordered some rims for an old set of Hope Hoops with straight pull spokes so I’m stuck with straight pull. It has just struck me that I have no idea what stops the spoke simply spinning around as you try to build the wheel? Is this a non issue as the fit of the spoke head holds it tight in the hub or am I in for hassle? Advice appreciatedPosted 4 years ago
Advice? Sell and get J bends.
Having built a Hope straight-pull hub and Stan’s Crest rim I vowed never to touch either ever again.Posted 4 years ago
On a different note, I built a 24″ wheel for Minilugz using a crest rim, hope pro2 evo SP hub and DT swiss comp spokes with no great issues.
If anything it was a little easier due to not having to ‘thread’ the spoke as much. (I appreciate that will not be the correct term)Posted 4 years ago
I laced up some DT Aerocomps and used a small piece of wood with a hacksaw cut in. Worked perfectly..Posted 4 years ago
Just hold the spokes still with your fingers for the first couple of turns of the nipple. When the tension has built up a bit they won’t move.Posted 4 years ago
Those little rubber faced glue clamping pincers work well to hold the spoke.Posted 4 years ago
lube the nipples – itll nae be an issue….
ive rebuilt mine a few times after race related issues and being on the upper limits of a 24 spoke rim 😀Posted 4 years ago
You can use a spoke vice, or if you have strong-enough fingers you can apply enough pressure to stop it twisting. You can expect a bit more spoke wind-up during building and therefore stress-relieving is a bit more critical.Posted 4 years ago
This is a total bodge but I put some rubber tape on some pliars and held them that way- worked a charm tbh
(that was a full rebuild replacing all the nipples, rather than a ground up build, but the principle’s the same. I expect doing this for a full build would be more of a pain in the arse, but maybe there’s more you can do to prevent rotation)Posted 4 years ago
OK, fingers crossed it will all go easy otherwise it’s a bit of rubber and pliers (my spokes aren’t bladed) At least there are only 24 spokes per wheel to deal withPosted 4 years ago
I found the build ok and holding spokes with my fingers was fine.
Removing the knackered and corroded alloy nipples I was replacing was more of a problem…Posted 4 years ago
You can expect a bit more spoke wind-up during building
Why should you expect this?Posted 4 years ago
For me less spoke wind is the only advantage to straight pull spokes…as has been mentioned they just spin. If you steady the spoke with fingers or a clamp that’s even less spoke wind surely
Sorry, read it as bladed SP’s.. 😳Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for all the comments, wheel No.1 is underway and is proving no bother. I put tape flags on all the spokes so I can check they aren’t turning and as the tension starts to build they appear to hold pretty firmPosted 4 years ago
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