08 Dec 2017

Happy holidays

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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

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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.

09 Nov 2017

Updated deflections

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From time to time tensiometer manufacturers update their conversion charts. While changing charts may seem counterintuitive, there can be good reasons to do it.

This week Wheel Fanatyk released a new chart for 2015+ tensiometers and my spoke tension visualizer has been updated in tandem. Download a copy of the latest chart from their official location. (Wheel Fanatyk is the authoritative source but I’ve mirrored the current charts as well: for original model and 2015+ model tools.) This update also includes support for 1.65mm spokes, specifically for Sapim D-Light. D-Light is supported with Wheel Fanatyk 2015+ and Park Tool TM-1 tensiometers.

As of today the conversions in my spoke tension visualizer should be up to date with current manufacturer data for all tensiometers. If you see a discrepancy, please holler.

15 Oct 2017

Bearings on clearance

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I currently have Enduro ABEC-3 bearings listed in the shop. They’re good bearings, found as an OEM component on terrific hubs. That said I’m turning the dial one step towards the premium end of the spectrum, which is a better fit for SpokeService customers. I need to make room — for the rest of the month use coupon code BEARING-BLOWOUT on checkout to save 25% on Enduro ABEC-3.

Hopefully bearing nerds will appreciate the title of this blog. 🙂

26 Sep 2017

Silver mountain style

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When I started mountain biking all spokes were silver. It’s not as common these days but I think we should bring this look back. This is a set I did last month — they look great.