How To Build A Bicycle Wheel | Maintenance Monday

Published on September 11th 2017


Thanks to DT Swiss for inviting us to their factory. Ex pro cyclist Simon Richardson is tutored by Marcel Waldmann to learn exactly how to build a wheel. Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! Simon is joined by Master Wheel Builder Marcel Waldmann - AKA Masters Downhill World Champion - at DT Swiss to learn how to build his first wheel. Lace it, pretension it, dish it, destress it, true it and then tension it fully... Step 1 - What you'll need Spokes, nipples, hub and rim make a wheel, with Marcel explaining what you'll need for your build and the handy DT Swiss tool online to help you. Step 2 - Lacing Using the Schraner method, now Simon starts to lace the spokes from hub to rim. Drive side first! Step 3 - Tensioning Now laced, we move to the truing stand to tension the spokes. Firstly we pre-tension the wheel to make sure each spoke is threaded into the nipple by the same amount. Thankfully now with a drill, not by hand! With spokes adjusted to true the wheel, next the spoke tension is checked. Voila! A downhill wheel, shame Si doesn't have a DH bike... Have you ever built a wheel? Let us know in the comments 👇 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GCN... How to true a wheel 📹 Retro vs. modern wheels 📹 Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /