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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:02 pm 
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Well it rained today so it meant one good thing, I could recover from yesterdays hangover :wink:

It also meant one other very good thing….

I bought this front hub at the start of this year but with one thing and another I have never got round to building it

First stumbling block was trying to find anybody who had any idea how to build one, searched everywhere and had a brief email exchange with the son of the guy that designed and engineered them, it never went any further than 2 emails and I never did see the spoke lengths I was hoping for, Oh well, I’ve built plenty of wheels, how hard can it be…

Stumbling block number two, straight pull spokes, I have a good friend who has close relationships with DT Swiss, in fact it turned out he was going to the factory in Switzerland, he must be able to find me some straight pull spokes, guess what, no chance, they have had any for years, so on with the search, not easy when you don’t even know what length you need!

Trawl ebay and as if by magic there’s some guy selling off loads of odd DT swiss spokes and guess what, he’s got some straight pull ones, 264mm, I decide it must be fate and go with the buy it now option, I can always roll a few more threads if need be.

Finally got chance to build it today and to be honest it was a very straight forward build

I had an old Mavic X517 rim kicking round and thought I might as well use that, I will be looking for a yellow X517 to rebuild it on but it gives anybody else a starting point ERD of a X517 is 540.5mm, I used 264mm straight pull spokes and 264mm standard spokes for the outer flange.

Start by building the straight pull spokes first, I tightened these up before fitting the outer flange spokes, this was mainly to check the length was right, I backed them off later to true the whole thing up

Once the central spokes are all in and loosely tightened you finish off with the outer flange spokes, I initially thought these were going to be a radial spoke but in fact they build the same as a standard wheel and pulling spokes

Now it finished it looks great, very different and a very strong build, wouldn’t like to get it full of mud but it looks very trick

If you have a hub and need help building it I have enough straight pull spoke left for one more build but that’s it

Now to find a matching rear hub :)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:28 pm 
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cool gil, thanks for sharing this!
after reading your description it sounds quite easy to do :)
sapim still makes straight spokes btw. (e.g. see http://bike-exclusiv.de/k030u002s001.htm)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:38 pm 
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Yes! I want 32 straight pull spokes please. errr, i mean 16. Thanks for the heads up Gil.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:13 am 
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I've only ever seen front ones ,i'd no idea they made a rear too,its by far one of the best looking hubs ever produced,did they make a range of colours?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:33 am 
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yeah they were available in the usual range of anodized colours, I had a red snowflaked one not so long ago.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:24 pm 
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glad to see you got it going Gil :)

they never finished making the rears, they made the shells, but only one or two were put together for a bike show, the son of the guy who built them (who Gil was talking about) had a load of shells and other bits about a year ago, he wasnt sure how to finish them though...


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:28 pm 
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yes a lot of rear shells on ebay last year .


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:14 am 
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Sorry to drag up an old thread. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to replace the bearings on a clark kent pineapple hub. I think I have about 30,000 kms on my ever since I had it laced up on an Open Pro Rim for my road bike. I'm starting to get play in the hub even with the cones preloading the bearing.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:28 pm 
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Best sell it to me then :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:42 pm 
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theboy wrote:
glad to see you got it going Gil :)

they never finished making the rears, they made the shells, but only one or two were put together for a bike show..


Almost regret selling this now then......


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