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    Spoke recommendation. DB or straight gauge for DH wheels

    Hi,
    I am considering building a set of DH wheels for the new V10.

    1. Light Bicycle 38mm wide, hookless, 500g 27.5 DH rims
    2. DT swiss hubs
    3. 32 spokes, 3x

    190lbs rider, not into jumping (yet).

    Question : should I use straight gauge 2mm spokes, or DB spokes ?

    THanks

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    Double butted, as they are stronger than straight gauge. From DT Swiss:

    Is butting a spoke done only to save weight, or are there other benefits?

    To reiterate, our butting is done by forging which actually increases strength of the spoke. So the end result is a product that is not only lighter but also stronger. Some wheelbuilders would also argue that a butted spoke is also a bit more "elastic." The butted spoke allows for a bit more flex allowing the wheel to deflect and return to shape, whereas a straight-gauge spoke is less yielding. Like the old saying goes, "like a Willow tree in the wind, it bends but never breaks...." Corny, I know.

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    Thanks !

    Been doing a bit more research - I looked at the Minnaar's bike: 2cross double butted spokes. If it's good enough for him.....

    I'll be sticking with 3x though.

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