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    What spokes for Chinese carbon rims?

    Hi
    I am aware of the massive Chinese carbon rim thread. But scanning through the 4700 odd posts I could not really find the answer to this question.
    I recently bought some of these rims. What spokes did you use for your build? I have stock of both Competition and Revolution spokes in the correct lengths.
    Would you use a DT Swiss 240s or a DT 350 hub?
    I would like them to be light in weight, but I dislike noodles like Crests. Some guys mentioned that these rims are more harsh than alloy rims. Is that true? Would a Revolution spoke be a better option then? These wheels are going to be used on a carbon hard tail bike with a 100mm travel fork.
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    I have the 30mm LB rims and used Sapim Laser from Sapim Laser Black Spoke at Danscomp built 2-cross with a ZTR 3.30 rear hub. Rear wheel weight with 12x142 is about 800 grams.

    My ERD was 602 and 601.5 for the set, claimed is 603 I believe.

    DT350 rear hub has better flange than the 240 and costs hundreds less while weighing about 45 grams more.

    I run my LB wheels on a carbon hardtail and 100mm fork. I'm 165 and came off Crests. Night and day difference all around. My new FS has the same rims and spokes but being an FS it's doubtful the difference in lateral stiffness will be as obvious.

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    So you went with the lighter spoke?
    I was just scared I would end up with something like the Crests.

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    Yep. Light stiff tough build. Crest doesn't even compare, at least not for me on my trails on the 29 carbon HT.

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    Thanks

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    Lazers are 2.0mm/1.5mm/2.0mm
    SuperComps are 2.0mm/1.7mm/1.8mm at the rim. 292mm is just under 6g each.

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    I used sapim Cx-Ray spokes and the wheel is so stiff I'm still stoping at random times during my rides to see if I have a flat tire. The feed back is so harsh when you hit a small sharp bump(nothing you'd every worry about) it feels like your tire was flat and you struck the rim. Aside from the harsh feedback which is nothing bad just different I love my custom wheelset. The main reason I went with Cx-Ray spokes was I want quality blades to show off the color.
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    I ended up using the Revolutions. But I ran into trouble with the nipples.
    The usual nipple I use is a standard 12mm brass nipple. This time I used Sapim Polyax nipples. At around 88kgf the nipples started biting into the carbon and became difficult to turn. It was also difficult to relieve the stress on the wheel. It seems as if the modified shape of the nipple head dug into the nipple hole.
    I exchanged them for standard nipples. Problem solved. I could easily get the spoke tension up to 110kgf.

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    So, using Sapim Polyax is a bad idea, what nipples did you use instead ? (define normal nipples)
    Belgian beer and Scotch whisky.

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    Standard nipples. I did not say 'normal' nipples.
    DT Swiss Standard Brass Nipple - Wheelbuilder.com
    Neither did I say Polyax nipples is a bad idea. They just did not like my carbon rims. They might be ok with other Chinese rims. I got mine from Xmiplay.

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