Wheelbuilding Tips

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Location of Key Spoke

Nextie rims are all left hand drilled. This means when the valve is at the top of the rim, the spoke to the left of the valve hole goes to the drive side.

Spoke holes are drilled at an angle to provide a stable interface between the nipple head and the rim’s spoke bed. It is important that the spokes are laced to the correct holes to match the spoke hole angle.

When building a wheel, the first trailing spoke from the hub (the key spoke) will go to the hole 2 to the right of the valve hole as seen here on my asymmetric 38mm MTB rim:

Key Spoke

For an excellent resource on wheelbuilding which explains the spoke lacing process, seeĀ Sheldon Brown’s website.

Spoke Tension

The recommended spoke tension for the best performance is 120-130kgf. This is measured on:

  • Rear: drive side.
  • Front: for disc brake hubs it is measured on the brake side.

Lower spoke tensions can be used for better comfort. See the FAQ for more details on lower spoke tensions.

Asymmetric Rims

Notes for building a wheelset with asymmetric rims:

  • Rear: The longer side of the rim (distance from rim lip to spokes) goes to the drive side.
  • Front: The longer side of the rim goes to the non-drive side (brake side)
  • Because the rim is reversed for front compared to rear, the logos are applied to each rim differently to take this into account.