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d/b or plain gauge spokes

bottreauxbabybottreauxbaby Posts: 2
edited January 2014 in Workshop
I'm building a set of new wheels for my commuter single speed road trainer using Open Pros. The original wheels came with plain gauge spokes, and I'm wondering if I should keep plain gauge for the back wheel as its a single speed and likely to take a hammering, or if d/b 2/1.8mm would be stiff enough
BTW I'm not that heavy at ~70Kg.


  • JayKostaJayKosta Posts: 635
    Either plain or butted would work fine, with the butted being a little less weight.
    The choice is more on appearance and personal preference than on function.

    Jay Kosta
    Endwell NY USA
  • Double butted are better in every respect, they will be stiff enough
  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    If you are putting so much load on a wheel that a 2.0mm diameter spoke is needed then a larger diameter at the elbow is also needed to slow the process of fatigue. You are not heavy so DB it is.

    I do all OP wheels with Sapim Race spokes and they work fine. -wheel building and other stuff.
  • majormantramajormantra Posts: 2,094
    Get Alpina DB spokes from Cyclebasket.

  • alan_shermanalan_sherman Posts: 1,153
    Read about spokes on Shelfdon Brown's website - double butted are better.
  • farrinafarrina Posts: 360
    Read about spokes on Shelfdon Brown's website - double butted are better.
    Interesting his take on spoke numbers as well - he infers best combination is 28/36 which may come as quite a shock to those of your running around with numbers in the teens.

    More here
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