Correctly preparing a wheel is a job that requires time, calm and precision. A careful check is required along each of the phases, specific for each of the individual components that make up the wheel system.
- Component quality control
The initial phase always consists of thoroughly checking the quality of spokes, hubs, nipples and rims. Having ascertained that the components meet the required parameters, we proceed with the actual assembly, starting with the insertion of the spokes into the hub body.
- Spoke pattern
In this case, with a straight pull hub, the correct positioning of the straight-pull spokes will ensure that each of them never comes into contact with the other. It is a very delicate phase: incorrect assembly could compromise the functioning of the wheel, as well as generate annoying screeching and unpleasant squeaks during use.
- Circle placement
Once the hub spoking is completed, the rim will be positioned. The PMP rims used on our wheel sets are all asymmetrical: you must take into account the orientation of the side of the rim that has the greatest width (therefore the wider side) from the cassette side for the rear hub and from the disc side for the front one. The joining of the rim to the previously prepared spoking takes place via the nipples, as small as they are essential for the correct functioning of the entire system.
The final phases are also the most complicated and delicate ones: it is precisely in the details that you can see the difference between an economic product and a high quality one.
The appropriate checks and fine-tuning are carried out with the help of technical instruments (wheel centering, comparator and tensiometer) to identify the correct orientation of the profile and the correct tension of each spoke, in order to obtain a precise and safe wheel in its use.
This stage takes time and years of practice are needed to achieve a high-level result.
For us it is a true art form, a timeless classic craft.
And you? What do you think? Have you ever tried?