Spoke length selection

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DesWeller
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Spoke length selection

Postby DesWeller » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:29 am

How critical is spoke length really?

When I'm building I usually try to buy particular spokes for the build I'm doing. But I am taking some spare spokes with me on tour, and I reckon I can just go for 289mm long spokes for front and rear, including both sides of the rear wheel.

Which led me to wonder; most rims these days are box section, so a long spoke pokes into an air space. Screws are largely loaded on the first two or three threads, so a short spoke is a little under-engaged but probably still OK. So what sort of tolerance on spoke length can you really get away with in a pinch?

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ugo.santalucia
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Re: Spoke length selection

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:03 pm

Not a lot if you want a good build, a bit more (up to 2-3 mm either way of the ideal) for a botch repair.

Good idea to take some long nipples with you (16 mm ones)


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