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    Heads in, heads out on rim lace?

    I just used Sheldon's directions to lace my first wheel.

    WTB i23, Dt 240s hub. 3 cross.

    It all looks good, but when I finished I noticed that the heads of the spokes are on the opposite side of he hub from what it had been previously laced based on marks on the hub. I then looked at a different wheel build by Chain Reaction Cycles, it has the opposite direction of the heads as well.

    If I understood Sheldon's directions correctly, my first trailing Key spoke has the spoke dropped in from the outside, to in. The head faces out, the spoke runs up the inside of the hub flange.

    So, I have a read a ton before I started this, and I gather that in real terms it makes no difference. Some recommend this way, others the other.

    Am I good?

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    You're good.

    If you read Sheldon's comments on the subject, you'll find that he says that many reputable builders can give you opposite advice on the subject. Shimano recommends one way, Chris King recommends the opposite. So far I haven't seen a shred of scientific evidence of one way being better than the other. The spoke crossings move to different directions under load depending on which way you laced the wheel, but as long as you have clearance between the spokes and brake calipers, rear derailleur etc. you're really not going to notice anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saul Lumikko View Post
    You're good.
    Quote Originally Posted by pvd
    Time to stop believing the hype and start doing some science.
    29er Tire Weight Database

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    Cool. thx

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