Truing a paired spoke wheel
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    Question Truing a paired spoke wheel

    How difficult is it to true a paired spoke wheel? Is it harder to do than a normal
    (32 spoke mtn.) wheel?

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    Straightforward

    Truing principles are the same as with any other wheel. Paired spoke wheels tend to have some "wow" becase of the longer gap between spoke attachments, but you can't do anything about that.

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    Paired spoking is a joke

    Quote Originally Posted by nc-rider
    How difficult is it to true a paired spoke wheel? Is it harder to do than a normal
    (32 spoke mtn.) wheel?
    Paired spoking is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated upon the cycling world. While it may have some aestetic value ( looks cool, man!), do you really think that having the spokes "paired" will make any substantive difference in performance of the wheel?

    Yes, paired spoke wheels are harder to true. If the rim is out of true in one of the gaps where there is no spoke - and this is usually the case - the process is complicated.

    Worse, a broken spoke presents a more serious problem as the loss of just one spoke could allow the rim to be so far out of true as to force it to rub against one of the chainstays, greatly decreasing the odds of a successful survival ride back home.

    Another weakness of the "paired spoke" wheel is that they are almost always deep, aero rims, which makes inner tube valve length a factor. If you have a series of flats on a long ride, your buddy may have a new tube, but if his valve length is short, it may not work.

    Tradionally spoked wheels (spokes at even intervals) are easier to true than those with "paired spoking" and if you break a spoke, you should be able to ride home.

    -PV

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    The process is the same but you have no control over the large gaps between spokes. My wife's 5200 Trek has a 1/2mm lateral bend between spoke sets on the front wheel. This may call for 2 blocks of wood and a bigger hammer.
    ~Al

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