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    My first wheel build

    I finally got all the parts in and finished my first build. This is intended as a budget wheelset for my wife's hardtail which will really benefit from running a wider wheel and tire. Total for parts came to 170, tires were another 60.

    Hubs: Novatec D791/2SB
    Rims: RaceFace Arc27 28H
    Spokes: Pillar 1423

    My first wheel build-img_20191029_213533.jpg

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    Looks good. I like your tire choice.

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    Well done!

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    what did you use to get the dish setup correctly? Looking for an alternative to the $150 dish tools out there.

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    Good stuff, @Desertride! Is very rewarding to ride stuff we put together by ourselves.

    @jvbutter, I usually use the bike itself with zip-ties.

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    Thanks for all the encouraging comments (and +1 for the gomas!).

    In terms of dishing my approach was to get a $30 truing stand and a decent $30 dishing gauge and the two together get you there without the need for an expensive truing stand that properly centers the rim. Its a bit less convenient but for the very occasional use it works well. The gauge I got was the venzo one from Amazon.

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    yes very true, for those of us doing 1 or 2 wheel builds we don't need the bigger expensive tools I use to use years ago when i grew up in a bike shop. Not unless you and a bunch of buddies needs some wheels built up. Save the cash for the next bike mod.

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    I should add that if you can deal with long shipping times there are really decent parts and tools you can order direct from china.

    Very good spoke key and bladed spoke holder for $7 https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33007959334.html?

    Other stuff I used was a $20 tension gauge (for relative tension, accuracy is very questionable), and tubeless valves for a few dollars.

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    I have a Feedback sports stand that I use to check wheel dish. I just flip the wheel over until the indicator touches the rim on both sides. For bladed spokes I use a 6" adjustable wrench. I do use a Park TS2 for the initial wheel build though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jvbutter View Post
    what did you use to get the dish setup correctly? Looking for an alternative to the $150 dish tools out there.
    Here is my dirt cheap dishing tool...
    https://forums.mtbr.com/wheels-tires...=#post13480434

    Cheers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desertride View Post
    Very good spoke key and bladed spoke holder for $7 https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33007959334.html?
    thanks for the link, just picked up a brake hose tool for a major overhaul I'm working on. any import duty tax on your purchases?

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