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When lacing a radial front wheel should the spoke heads go in or out? I've always seen them out, but was looking at a new set that are built with the heads in. Is this a huge deal?
 

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I like heads in for a better spoke bracing angle. There can be a clearance problem with Chris King hubs and some forks though.
 

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It's true, laffeaux

Sorry, I just had to use that line ;) .

Remember, you can't use radial lacing for disc wheels. I also perfer heads in for the front unless clearance is a problem. If you are building a radial nondrive rear, it makes sense to build heads out to reduce the dish of the rear wheel.
 

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Bob the Wheelbuilder said:
Sorry, I just had to use that line ;) .

Remember, you can't use radial lacing for disc wheels. I also perfer heads in for the front unless clearance is a problem. If you are building a radial nondrive rear, it makes sense to build heads out to reduce the dish of the rear wheel.
Thanks for the info!

I actually had my question backwards. I currently own one radial laced wheel, and the heads are in. I'm looking at a set where they are out. Assuming the price is good, should it be a reason not to buy them?
 

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Shouldn't stop you.

If the build is good, they should be fine, especially if the space between the flanges is wide.
 
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