Thanks to DT Swiss for inviting us to their factory. Ex pro cyclist Simon Richardson is tutored by Marcel Waldmann to learn exactly how to build a wheel.
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Simon is joined by Master Wheel Builder Marcel Waldmann – AKA Masters Downhill World Champion – at DT Swiss to learn how to build his first wheel.
Lace it, pretension it, dish it, destress it, true it and then tension it fully…
Step 1 – What you’ll need
Spokes, nipples, hub and rim make a wheel, with Marcel explaining what you’ll need for your build and the handy DT Swiss tool online to help you.
Step 2 – Lacing
Using the Schraner method, now Simon starts to lace the spokes from hub to rim. Drive side first!
Step 3 – Tensioning
Now laced, we move to the truing stand to tension the spokes. Firstly we pre-tension the wheel to make sure each spoke is threaded into the nipple by the same amount. Thankfully now with a drill, not by hand!
With spokes adjusted to true the wheel, next the spoke tension is checked.
Voila! A downhill wheel, shame Si doesn’t have a DH bike…
Have you ever built a wheel? Let us know in the comments 👇
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