Since fashion has determined I need a CX bike with ‘hipster rims’, I want to switch the xc23’s over to H+SON Archetypes, which should theoretically work out cheaper than buying a wheelset new.
In order to facilitate a worthwhile saving, I want to see if I can reuse the spokes, and sorry if this is an incredibly stupid question… buuut:
Will the previous spokes work on a theoretically very similar rim? I don’t know how spoke length works in any great depth (I know calculators exist) but was wondering if someone could give insight in laymans terms.
If the ERD is the same, and the lacing pattern is the same it will work ok. Check spokes / nipples for damage obv.
Alex XC23 ERD: 592
Archetype ERD: 595
Difference is 3mm for the diameter, so your spokes will be on the short side by 1.5mm.
If the current ones protrude out of the top of the nipple (i.e. fractionally too long) you might get away with it. Given the labour involved, I’d just get the right length spokes to begin with. If you’re not doing the build yourself you may find that the builder won’t reuse the spokes anyway.
Plus, if these are cheap factory wheels, they probably have cheap plain gauge spokes and machine build friendly nipples.
You could buy the JLNAPPROVED wheelset and skip all your troubles, and sell your old wheels to recoup some of the cost.
A whole lot of time and money to appeal to cognoscenti. The HplsSon’s are nice rims but the Alex xc23 isn’t that bad imo, already 23mm wide and few would notice much difference when riding. Selling the wheels on won’t get you much $'s and the All City rear hub is already spaced for your 130mm rear and correct chainline. If you throw some $'s at nicer tyres it’ll get you a lot further for the $'s than either a rims swap or complete wheel change. Promise™.
Save the $‘s (ain’t broke, don’t need fixin’) - put it towards a Roadie
Plus, I’ll even make a special “touched by Spirito” sticker so you can replace the Alex stickers and all the hipsters will go “ooh-ahh Cantona”. I was fashion before they were even born !!