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    Fatboy new wheel: New or old spokes?

    I am changing my 2 week old Fatboy over to the Bluto using the Hope hub.
    My LBS really recommends using new spokes. Everyone around here seems to use the old spokes. What do you guys think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aredemann View Post
    I am changing my 2 week old Fatboy over to the Bluto using the Hope hub.
    My LBS really recommends using new spokes. Everyone around here seems to use the old spokes. What do you guys think?
    I'll re use spokes from one of my own wheels because I'll know that they haven't been crashed or overloaded. I would be wary of secondhand spokes otherwise, but a close examination will probably show up any potential problems.

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    If disassembled carefully, keeping head in vs head out spokes, and flange sides separate? Much like Velo said, if it's a known wheel that hasn't seen much use, or been abused, likely fine.

    I pretty much always recommend new spokes though to my customers as well as if I'm doing something for family and friends, just because I'd rather know I can trust them for thousands of miles, than hope I can, for less than a case of craft beer costs....
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    If they're the stock spokes that came on Specialized wheel, they were never tensioned fully anyway, so they'll be fine...
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    If I was changing the rim and the spokes would fit on the new rim I would reuse the spokes. But if the hub is changing that is too much reseating of where the j-bend interfaces with the hub for me.

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    Bugger it, I'm ordering a 150mm fatso hope hub and will one day build another wheel up if I decide to use the carbon fork again.

    So spokes for a 150mm hope hub is my next question?

    What size have people been ordering for a hope 150?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASESPESH View Post
    Bugger it, I'm ordering a 150mm fatso hope hub and will one day build another wheel up if I decide to use the carbon fork again.

    So spokes for a 150mm hope hub is my next question?

    What size have people been ordering for a hope 150?

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    Spoke lengths depend on your hub and your rim. Is this your first time building wheels? If so there are members here that will point you in the direction of good sources of information.
    If not, then go to your LBS with your hub and rim and ask them to build the wheel with whatever double butted spoke they have on hand.
    That's the easiest solution.

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    What are you going to use for a rim? The Specialized rim that came on the bike?
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    Thanks for a speedy reply guys.

    Yeah I intend to use my original specialized rim.

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    I tried finding the ERD on that rim... Can't seem to find it anywhere.
    If no one else gets back on this, I may be able to get spoke length from a friend who built Fatsnos into those rims a little while back.
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    That would be awesome buddy
    Thanks

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    He won't be back to work til Sunday. I don't like to bother him when he's off.
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    Did you have chance to talk to your buddy?

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    You can use the existing spokes if switching from the specialized branded hub to Hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASESPESH View Post
    Did you have chance to talk to your buddy?

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    I just called him this minute. He reminded me that he built Bontrager Jackelopes on Hopes for a Specialized Fatboy. He would have measured the Spesh rims for me but the customer took them with the bike.
    He's going to be on the phone with them tomorrow for something else and said he would ask, but they normally don't have that information as they buy all of their wheels preassembled from Taiwan.
    Next step is I'll try and see if I can locate Flange diameters for the stock hub and compare it to a Hope. I'm currently laid up, so I got nothin' but time.
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    So a 150mm Fatso Hope hub uses the same size spokes as the standard hub?

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    You can use the existing spokes if switching from the specialized branded hub to Hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASESPESH View Post
    So a 150mm Fatso Hope hub uses the same size spokes as the standard hub?

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    Within 1mm, yes. Many people have done it on here including myself.

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    I did exactly what you're doing and used the original spokes. As others have said it is OK

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    I'm using the origin 8 hub. Anyone reuse spokes with that hub?

    EDIT: Went ahead and bought the Hope hub as price wasn't all that better on the Origin8 when you included spokes.
    Last edited by j35u5fr34k; 03-18-2015 at 11:40 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okcorral0 View Post
    Within 1mm, yes. Many people have done it on here including myself.
    Thanks buddy

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    Sorry for the delay. I had surgery. As stated above, Specialized did not know the ERD of the rim but said the original spokes will absolutely work.
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