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Old 04-08-2018, 06:40 PM   #1
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Default Help with RT3 hubs and rims

Hi Guys, been awhile since I posted on my RT3. I started the rebuild and got sidetracked about 100 times. So now I'm back at it and need to get it back on it's wheels. I need to replace the spokes front and rear. I talked to Buchanens and they will make up the spokes for me. I also spoke with a local bike shop that will lace and true them for me. I want to clean up and polish the hubs before re lacing them. The local shop does not want me to take them apart first. They say they need to see how they are assembled so they can re lace them properly. They will dissemble, give me the hubs to refinish and then put them back together. I don't want to go that route because I would be rushed to get the hubs done in a hurry so they can finish their part. Kind of frustrating. How do you Enduro Masters go about this? Can you recommend a company I can just give the finished hubs, rims and spokes to for re assembly?
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Buchanan's used to do the whole thing... probably still do...

Take a lot of pictures before you take apart... specifically check to see if rim is centered in the hub or offset to one side. Couldn't hurt to lay the brake drum on a flat surface and measure the dimension to the rim or ask whoever you use if they need any measurements before you take the wheels apart..

You could also do yourself... not as hard as it seems...
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:23 PM   #3
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Thanks Mark, I'll give them a call
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Old 04-12-2018, 10:18 AM   #4
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Default Mark T is right

Mark has it correct. Before you start you want to lay the wheel down and then lay a flat bar (like a carpenter's level or square) across the hub, and then measure from the straight surface to the edge of the rim, in order to get the offset from that side. I always do both, and they are not necessarily the same offset, left and right. This is probably the most important measurement for you to do.

This is why your local guy(s) want to see the rim assembly before taking it apart. In my experience the rim usually (but I stress the 'usually') winds up just being centered on the hub, and if the re-lacing isn't rushed is typically where the rim winds up, for me at least. My guess is that they want to make this measurement for themselves on a known good rim (yours, before it gets cleaned up) to have as a reference.

There ideally shouldn't be any 'hop' to the wheel after being trued up. If I'm good at the end of a wheel session, I have next to no side-to-side play and very little 'hop'. I just go slow and use a dial indicator, and periodically check the offset (that I measured at the start) with my straight edge.

And he's right, you probably can do it yourself, provided you have a truing stand.
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Old 04-13-2018, 04:42 PM   #5
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Buchanans is great! A bit expensive but they can do everything for you, just send in your hubs and they will drill the rim (they will also lace and true them for extra $).
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