Blog: 2013

14 Sep 2013

Mounting tight tires

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Sometimes it can be difficult to mount a specific tire on a specific rim. It should be simple but feels impossible so you’re not happy at all. Don’t give up hope! Read more →

13 Aug 2013

Mixed spokes visualization

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One thing needed since the beginning was the ability to visualize wheels with different spokes left and right. A rear wheel built with DT Revolutions on one side and DT Competitions on the other can be very balanced — a nice mix of lightness and strength. Until now you had to run the tool twice.

This requires more configuration to specify a wheel, which is always a concern. To help my spoke tension utility now remembers your last usage and uses that information for defaults. It accomplishes this by storing information in a cookie on your computer. If you disable cookies, the software will forget your configuration choices but otherwise works the same. Let me know if you encounter problems with this update or have ideas for future refinements.

Voilà a PowerTap G3 wheelset I built with Pacenti SL23 rims and Sapim CX-Ray spokes. The front hub is the understated Alchemy ELF. PowerTap hub prices have dropped lately, making the acclaimed power system accessible to a lot more folks. This is a nice build that doesn’t break the bank.

This was a job to replace mis-matched and damaged spokes with Sapim CX-Rays and red alloy nipples. Rebuilding rims is more challenging than building with new but it’s nice to get the most out of our gear. Like Bad Religion sings, “it’s never really what you own but what you threw away.”

These Stan’s Crest 29er rims push the envelope on weight. If you imagine a comparable XC wheelset using the same DT Swiss 240S hubs and CX-Ray spokes with ENVE carbon rims, that combination would actually weigh 5 grams more. ENVE rims are stronger and stiffer but in another league pricewise.

09 Jul 2013

Disc wheels with dynamo

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This recent build is one I can get behind. It’s based on Shimano XT disc hubs and burly H Plus Son Archetype rims. The front hub is the new Shimano XT dynamo. It produces enough juice to power bright lights or charge your USB electronics (cycle computer, GPS, smartphone, etc). I loathe batteries so this resonates with me. Great for commuting, brevet riding and cycle touring.