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A completely finished wheel!

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A completely finished wheel!
So, here we have it, ready to fit a tyre and tube. It has correct spoke orientation - tension spokes (the ones where driving and braking forces add tension) face backwards. Tension is correct and consistent - all spokes ring the same pitch when plucked. Rim is laterally and radially perfectly true. Dish is perfectly symmetrical. Irregular stresses have been removed by de-stressing throughout the tensioning process. There is a correct way (and incorrect way!) to do everything when building wheels - so it should never be described as an art. It's a technical skill process that anyone can learn. Let's repeat the entire process for the back wheel.
Posted by davepalk on May 10, 2018 Full Size|

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