Canuk wrote:All in all I think it demystifies and simplifies what is essentially quite a straightforward process.
We disagree. The video does not explain so much as present a series of steps that will arrive at one kind of wheel.
Brandt’s book explains from first principles, taking nothing for granted, how a wire-spoked wheel works, the nature of its pre-tensioned structure, that all materials in the wheel are elastic and the implications of that, etc. To the careful reader it’s practically an engineering course. Brandt worked on it for a decade and it’s written with masterful economy and precision of language. You’re left with not only the knowledge to build a wheel but what makes a good one and why.
The value of pictures was mentioned. There are about 70 pictures in Brandt’s book. They’re not photos or videos but line drawings for better clarity.
fausto99 wrote:Nothing wrong with the lacing instructions
Perhaps “wrong” is an exaggeration, but page 9 of this PDF document shows Shimano’s lacing pattern for disc-brake hubs. The video does not follow this pattern. No explanation is given for that. I bet that’s because the builder doesn’t understand why Shimano specifies that lacing pattern, not because he has a good reason. Which isn’t to say there may not be a good reason. I’d like to hear suggestions.
I wouldn’t mark this video so harshly if it wasn’t held up as comprehensive, best, etc.