How To Build A Bicycle Wheel | Maintenance Monday

Published on September 11th 2017

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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: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Register your interest in the GCN Club: http://gcn.eu/nK Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! http://gcn.eu/nJ 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 👍 http://gcn.eu/nI Watch more on GCN... How to true a wheel 📹 http://gcn.eu/1gbcKLi Retro vs. modern wheels 📹 http://gcn.eu/1I1w4HF Photos: © Bettiniphoto / http://www.bettiniphoto.net/ & ©Tim De Waele / http://www.tdwsport.com