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    how does this spoke wrench look to you ? or i should get the park sw7

    please check out this spoke wrench. give me some opinions, its got grip for all the sizes of the nipple. i hope its made of strong material .

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    This is what I use, done so for many years.

    Amazon.com: DT Swiss Spokey Nipple Wrench: Sports & Outdoors

    Grabs all 4 sides of the nipple. I do not remember paying that much however.

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    Do yourself a favor and get a good name-brand spoke wrench. Your nipples will thank you for it
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    from the look of it I think it would be cumbersome and difficult to use.
    get a spokey.
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    Agreed. I find multi size spoke wrenches like that difficult and clumsy to use. A well designed single bit spoke wrench is a much better option. My personal preference is for the Park Tool SW-0 thru SW-3 for building and home use. I also like the DT wrench as well. The SW7 is okay to toss in a seat bag or hydration pack for those on the trail ooops's, but is kind of clunky feeling for regular use.

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    I have a 3 sided park spoke wrench. It has a funny way of always flipping in my hand and ending up on the too-big nipple stripping side. its tossed somewhere in the back of my toolbox now.

    I build everything to high (~130kgf) tension using a park 2 sided spoke wrench, including alu nipples. They dont round out or get damaged. My 4 sided park drives me nuts and I never use it. Its too slow.

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    The Spokey is the best one out there IMO, and cheaper than most...although it seems as if the price has gone up, but it is the best available.

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    OK, im not gonna get it.

    i have 14G spoke and nipples, whats the size to get when ordering the wrench?
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    Quote Originally Posted by akacoke View Post
    whats the size to get when ordering the wrench?
    get a spokey... there is one size. it will fit.
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    There are actually two sizes of the spokey wrench. Red is the most common size for DT etc. spokes but there is also a yellow version which fits some of the pre-built wheels out there. I have both sizes but I do not use the yellow one very often.

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    I have two sizes of Spokey...red for DT, Sapim, Wheelsmith nipples and yellow for cheap Asian stuff.

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    i just looked up the spokey, its expensive . 22 bucks is def a bit much for something i use very very little
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    I have one of those for doing bike work at clinics and bike rodeos for kids. I use the park black wrench for all of my wheels, but with kids bikes they use a variety of nipple sizes and that is a handy tool.

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    Spokeys are good, but I almost exclusively use a t-type spoke wrench like this:



    They're about $2 and I like that you can twist it between thumb and forefinger, but use the bits sticking out for more tension.

    I absolutely hate spoke wrenches with multiple sizes. They're a guaranteed way to round off alu nipples if you mistakenly use the wrong size key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akacoke View Post
    i just looked up the spokey, its expensive . 22 bucks is def a bit much for something i use very very little
    Agreed it is a bit expensive but you might be surprised how much you use it once the wheel building bug sets in. Buy good and buy once.

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    I got one of these free with a set of high end DT wheels, built 5 sets of wheels with it now, pretty good spoke key for free.

    EDIT: Wow, didnt realise the price of this key and its the "spokey" you talk of..... just as well it was free
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    thanks for you guys' help, i think i will go with the T type wrench, since mikeT mentioned it in his wheelbuilding article , it looks pretty solid, any idea on where to get it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Magura View Post
    Great price, get several, you never know when you will misplace one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhat View Post
    Great price, get several, you never know when you will misplace one.
    I keep a 2nd wrench in the apron pocket for if I drop one - then I don't have to let go of the spoke I'm working on. I also keep a piece of electrical tape handy for the same purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squash View Post
    Agreed. I find multi size spoke wrenches like that difficult and clumsy to use. A well designed single bit spoke wrench is a much better option.
    I use the spoke wrench that came with my multi tool, and it's a pain in my fabulous butt to use it. I once used my buddy's single bit spoke, and it was just so much easier.

    However, I haven't bothered to get a new one as I rarely use spoke wrench (I only use it if my wheels can't get me back to the car and I have to attempt to true the wheels on the trail), and the one I have with multi tool works. If I was building my own wheels or true my wheels at home rather than taking it to LBS, I would definitely get a proper spoke wrench.

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    i dont know, its still about 18 dollars shipped.

    what about this one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akacoke View Post
    i dont know, its still about 18 dollars shipped.

    what about this one?

    89491 New spoke wrench 3,25 mm RED | eBay
    Ahh sorry, I keep forgetting that you're on the other side of the pond.

    The one in your link looks like the same as I suggested.

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