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    I need some help finding the correct length spoke

    So I am replacing my spokes on my bike because i wanted them to be black and i need some help figuring out how to pick the correct length for my hub and rim. My hub is a specialized stout (for rear wheel) and i am going to be ordering a Nukeproof Generator AM 2014 rim to use it on. I know it depends on the geometry of the rim and hub combo, but im not sure how to precisely measure that. My LBS also said that silver spokes are typically stronger, is this true and to what extent? I tend to beat my bike up and wanted to know if it was a significant drop in durability to go with a black spoke.
    If anyone has any opinion about the Nukeproof Generator AM 2014 Rim i would also like to hear it since i have not actually purchased it yet.
    Im new to the sport but want to do everything on my own because thats the best way to learn and i enjoy it, so any specific advice would be appreciated since i am not too experienced. Thanks!!

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    I assume you have all the tools needed for this task?
    If so, Google is your friend > Spoke Length Calculator

    Also > Sheldon Brown is also a friend

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    Thanks so much Clicker1!! But how do i find out those dimensinons of my hub? Is there somewhere online ( i looked but came up empty) or would i have to buy a special measuring tool? any other suggestions to my other questions?

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