30 Jan 2017

New nipples noted

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I’ve consolidated the regular brass and aluminum nipples in one product listing because they’re the same design (Polyax). At the same Sapim hex nipples were added to the shop.

About hex nipples

Hexagonal head nipples have an additional wrench surface on the rear. With more contact points and a larger contact surface, higher torque is permitted. Higher torque can help free seized nipples down the road and keeps the finish of the front tool flats pristine when building in the first place. Some wheelbuilders may find the wrench turning direction more intuitive from the rear however hex drive nipples retain regular wrench flats for day-to-day truing as needed.

22 Dec 2016

Year end 2016

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Thanks for your support in 2016 and happy new year.

For the next week I’ll be doing year-end stuff like inventory and accounting. I’m also planning some downtime and will finish out the year with a couple sweet rides. The shop never closes and will happily take your orders but they won’t hit the post office until January 3.

16 Dec 2016

Use the Sapim Force

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I added Sapim Force spokes to the spoke weight calculator.

Sapim Force spokes are triple-butted 2.18/1.8/2.0mm. This is very similar to Sapim Race (identical stiffness) but with more material on the vulnerable elbow section. I like Force for touring, heavier riders, and to reduce risk of elbow breakage. As we can see the weight penalty is very small.

01 Nov 2016

Fancy carbon

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It was a pleasure building these fancy WTB CI31 rims to DT Swiss 350 hubs. Normally I find myself building China-direct carbon rims but the brand name stuff is great too.

06 Oct 2016

Campagnolo factory wheels

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If anyone is interested in Campagnolo factory wheels, please let me give you a quote. The advantage of buying your Campy wheels here is my personal inspection and tuning as needed plus get free shipping anywhere in Canada. Don’t assume spoke tension is perfect, let me check it and supply a graph so you know. Only Campagnolo wheels bought in Canada are eligible for warranty service in Canada.