Lacing your Rims

Whether you are changing the design of your wheels or you want to give it a decent clean, I can’t go wrong with taking everything apart and doing it right. It is the best way to see what items need to be replaced or what could become an issue in the future.

Luckily, half of the job is easy, which is stripping the wheel and betting everything apart. Of course, you will need to remove the tire, tube and the protective skin on the inside of the rim, loosen all the spokes and carefully take them out. Remember, when taking out the spikes, be sure to relax all of them equally, which would avoid bending the spokes and even the rim.

It is essential to pay attention to the disassembly you’ll find some spokes are longer than others. Of course, once you’ve seen them up, you can measure them and see the different lengths.

Reassembly and Lacing

The first step is to provide your spokes according to the length. Most wheels only include two measurements that will be laced through the inside and outside. Some wheels will have three spoke designs, so be sure to pay attention to each spoke, the bend of it and how long they are.

Next, place the room with the model numbers downwards and set the hub with the brake disk side down in the centre. Don’t worry about lining them up correctly as you’ll need to move it around a little while lacing and we’ll tell you how to balance it perfectly when tightening.

Start with the longer spokes that will go into the inner holes (closest to the centre of the hub). You will see each spoke has a bend at the top, which leads the spoke to the nipple it needs to attach to on the rim. The holes in the hub will guide you to as where they need to go. Next, take the shorter spokes and lace them through the outer holes and place them over the inner spokes.

On the rim itself, some holes point up and others that point down. The side you’ve just laced will line up with the holes pointing up as the others will be used for the other side of the hub.

To line up the spokes with the right holes, ensure the inner and outer cross. When you lift them, you’ll see they naturally line up with holes with a downfacing gap between them. Apply some anti-seize and begin to attach the nipple to the spoke.

Once all the spokes are done, do the same on the other side, but don’t tighten any of them. Once all is lined up, begin to tighten them evenly, but again not too tight. Then start going around the rim and give each spoke half a turn, then torque the spokes and check if they are balanced by spinning the wheel.

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