DT Spoke chart
Welcome to another Cytech Top Tips Blog post! Here we shall show you how to lace a front wheel (in a three cross symettrical pattern)
Calculate the required spoke lengths either on-line or manually.
Count out the ammount of spokes you need. If you are using an already opened box then make sure you measure the spokes with a spoke rule to check for rogue spokes!
Oil the spoke threads using a heavy lube such as Finish Line wet lube.
Decide which way round the hub logo will sit and line the logo up with the rim logo (when viewd through the valve hole) by making ‘train tracks’ with the spokes either side of the hub logo
Ensure the spokes are located in hole 1 and hole 8 of the hub (determined by the hub logo orientation) spoke head to face out on the L/H side and inwards on the R/H side for a Symmetric lace.
Place the rim with the valve hole at 12 o’clock. Insert the L/H spoke into the eyelet immeadiately to the LEFT of the valve hole and the RIGHT spoke into the second eyelet from the valve hole on the RIGHT. Screw the nipples halfway down the thread.
At the hub start from the L/H side and miss one spoke hole before putting the next spoke in with the head facing outwards. Take this spoke and cross it over the spoke to the RIGHT. From the valve hole count three eyelet spaces (include the R/H spoke) and place the spoke into the fourth hole.
Follow this pattern all of the way round the rim (miss one hole at the hub, miss three at the rim) until you return to the valve hole.
Starting with the R/H spoke (the one with the head facing inwards) fill the remaining holes in the hub (heads ace INWARDS remember!) count three holes from the first R/H spoke and place the spoke into the fourth. You will be working anti-clockwise. REMEMBER you must interlace these spokes with the others! (The L/H ones)
To acertain the lead spoke on the other side of the wheel, flip the wheel over (so the pattern you have just made is away from you) and find the spoke that was to the L/H side of the valve hole in STEP 5. Follow this spoke down and place a spoke through the R/H side of this spoke (imagine drawing an imaginary line back from the spoke that the spoke you are placing in cannot cross) The spoke should sit on the ‘free’ bit of metal on the hub between spokes to the right of Step 5′s spoke.
(Tilt your head to the left to view this image! the spoke is on the R/H side…)
Pull this spoke through (it will be on your R/H side) so that the head faces outwards (towards you) and place it in the second eyelet to the RIGHT of the valve hole. Count back to the eigth hole on the hub (anti-clockwise) and place the spoke through so that the head faces inwards.
You will now have in place your ‘control’ spokes. Follow Steps 7 to 9, but make sure that you work to the LEFT with the heads facing outwards first (this will be the opposite way to the first side). after you have filled all of the spoke holes you should have what looks like a wheel!!
Fancy learning more? Then get yourself booked onto a Cytech wheelbuilding course with us here at ATG-training!!