15 Mar 2018

Tutorial video


Check out this Gerd Schraner wheelbuilding tutorial I found on YouTube:

13 Feb 2018

New nipple washer


There’s a new nipple washer available from Sapim — the Sapim MS washer has a generic V-shape profile compatible with all nipples (compare to Polyax washers with a Polyax-shaped cup). It has a thick, flat bottom for superior weight distribution however needs a flat resting spot 7.7mm in diameter. Where applicable, these stainless washers will impart a lot of strength.

Not much information is searchable for Sapim MS washers so I’m posting the product sheet to give you information from the source. Note carefully: my measurements put the diameter at 7.7mm compared to the nominal 7.4mm. Get MS washers and three other types of nipple washer here.

30 Jan 2018

More things weighed


Up in the utilities menu I have a little tool to compute spoke weight. Today I made a couple tweaks.

First I got a better scale in the shop, which helps because this tool is based on real world weights. At the same time I changed the sample weight from 300mm to 310mm spokes. The original idea was to depart from the norm of specifying weight based on short spokes. But since I sell spokes longer than 300mm, why not choose samples of the longest length? Job done.

Second I added all varieties of nipples sold here to the measurement tool. This update includes brass and aluminum nipples in all varieties. Still to come are spoke washers and nipple washers though they weigh next to nothing and are worth it when they’re needed.

08 Dec 2017

Happy holidays


Happy holidays to all current and future wheelbuilders. 2017 was a good year at SpokeService and I thank you for shopping domestically. Your support has allowed me to assemble a deep selection of wheel parts available to you on short notice without minimums. It has allowed me the privilege of sharing my love of wheels, knowledge and free software with the community.

Shipping and service schedule

The final shipment of 2017 will happen December 22. Shipments will resume January 2, 2018 — any orders placed during the holiday closure will ship then. Wheelbuilding slots are full for 2017 but we can discuss options for builds in the new year. If you want a set of sweet hubs under the tree this year, please get in touch as soon as possible. White Industries, Paul, Phil Wood, Schmidt or i9? 🙂

Update: no shipments will be posted December 23-26 but there will be shipping on December 27. After that we are closed for annual tool service and inventory. Shipping still resumes January 2.

24 Nov 2017

Variations on a theme


I can ride anything but you’ll find Alpha 400 rims in my fleet. These rims push the envelope of weight without concessions in strength — we can go lighter but not without hurting durability. Being deliberate about spoke count and spoke model, the same rims can be tuned for each rider. The first set is built with Sapim Race spokes, 24 front and 28 rear, which makes for a sturdy build.

The second set is built with Sapim D-Light spokes on the front and rear drive side with Sapim Laser rounding out the rear. This set is 20 spokes front and 24 spokes rear, which, as the scales show, makes for a 1453 gram alloy wheelset. Less stiff but a hoot at the same time.