Although wheel building looks a little complicate and often scares riders, it is in actual fact much easier than it looks, I actually find it quite therapeutic.
In this article you will learn how I lace 32 spoke 3 cross pattern wheels.
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Step 1: Tools, Parts and Step 1
- Small flat head screwdriver (for turning nipples)
- Spoke key
This tuition will tell you how to lace a 32 spoke wheel using a 3 cross pattern.
First thing to do is to choose your rims and hubs. Im using Sun Singletrack rims in camo) and Novatec hubs (however some pictures will show different hubs and rims). This set up will not only look slick but also last a hell of a long time with minimal maintenance.
Once you have chosen your rims and hubs you need to calculate the length of spoke you need. There are plenty of spoke calculators on the Internet. The manufacturer of your rims or hubs might even have one. If you are really lucky the owner of the shop you bought your parts will know the size you need.
Usually the lengths of spokes needed for a front wheel are the same on each side, USUALLY. Spokes for your rear wheel will be of different lengths, USUALLY. The drive side of the wheel will use shorter spokes than the nondrive side, this is due to the rear wheel being dished (flatter on the cassette side).
Ok, We have rims, spokes and hubs (and nipples try to avoid alloy nipples) lets start lacing up that wheel.
This is how I build my wheels, Im not saying its the best way but it works for me and I have never suffered a broken spoke or pringled wheel.
Look at your rim you should see that the holes are positioned a certain way. One to the left one to the right, one to the left one to the right and so on.
If you are lacing a disc hub start on the disc side, it will make life a lot easier.
1. Pop your first spoke in from the outside of the hub and lace it through the appropriate hole (left/right) nearest the valve hole.
Step 2: Step 2
Step 3: Step 3 and 4
4. Great, continue doing that and you should get this.
Step 4: Step 5
Step 5: Step 6
Here it is crossing the first 2 spokes.
Step 6: Step 7
It fastens to the rim at the middle hole of the first 2 previous spokes.
Step 7: Step 8
Looking like a wheel.
As you can see the 2 spokes nearest the valve hole are running at almost 90 degree from the rim. We want this for 2 reasons. We dont want the spokes to cross near the valve as it may make it difficult to attach a pump and 2 I think it looks nicer.
Step 8: Step 9 and 10
9.Offer up a spoke running from the correct spoke hole near the valve hole going to the hub. The non threaded end should meet up with the the hole on the hub opposite the big triangle (Big triangle with 2 smaller ones at the base)
10.From the disc side push a spoke through the big triangle (like an odd looking A) and into the hole near the valve hole.
Step 9: Step 11
Again lace up the spokes as you did on the disc side. You should end up with your spokes looking like this near the valve hole. If not or your spokes seem to be to short you did step 8 wrong.
From the drive side push in the spoke and aim it above the second spoke intersection on the opposite side.
Step 10: Step 12 a Newly Laced Wheel
Yeah, your laced up wheel.
The last and most time-consuming step is to tension and true the wheels (get the spokes tight and the wheel running with no wobbles)
This I will show you next time.