Suggested Berd Wheelsets
The ultimate chameleon, the TR33 is comfortable no matter the situation. With Berd spokes, it is transformed into an XC wheelset with next level performance. This Legacy wheelset features a 5 year warranty.
- Our mid depth gravel HR35 rims balance weight, aerodynamics and versatility to produce an instant performance upgrade for your road/gravel bike. As Premium wheels they feature a Lifetime warranty.
“I’ve found Berd spokes to be quiet, comfortable, and durable. They are my #1 choice when building the fastest and lightest wheels for my personal bikes.” – Trevor Howard, NOBL Wheels CEO
Berd Spokes / Frequently Asked Questions
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Berd Spoke Maintenance
Does my Berd wheelset need any special maintenance?
Berd spokes are far lighter and just as strong as their traditional steel counterparts but due to the bedding-in process of the fibers, the wheels can lose up to 30% of their initial tension after 3-6 months of riding depending on usage. We recommend checking your spoke tension after 2-3 months and adjusting accordingly.
Adding tension will require a truing stand, a Park Tool TM-1 Tension Meter, the Berd Spoke Holding Tool (to stop spokes from twisting up) and the Berd External Nipple Tool. You can get away with using a traditional double square wrench to add tension to the spokes if you don’t mind removing your tire and any tubeless tape. As a reminder, you can purchase any Berd related small parts at noblwheels.com.
To bring the tension back to the desired 70 KGF (equivalent to 12 on the Park Tool Meter) start by adding 2 full turns to each nipple, then check to make sure your tensions are still even. Next you may have to do some minor truing by turning the nipple on the opposite side of the affected area ⅛ – ¼ turns until the rim comes back to straight.
How do I clean the spokes?
How do I replace a spoke?
You will need Berd specific tools to replace a spoke. A thin External Nipple Wrench or an internal double square nipple wrench, a Berd Spoke Holding Tool, an Awl for opening loops of spokes (you could improvise with another tool if needed), the Spoke Pulling Tool and a Wire Loop for feeding the spoke through the hub. Note that a traditional nipple wrench will not work as the spoke must be held to prevent twisting.
If you have straight pull hubs, you may need a Tangential Straight Pull Insert that goes inside the hub if the original one cannot be recovered. You will also need an Insert Pushing Tool to push inserts on heads of the spoke.
Can I use a steel spoke as a replacement?
What if I drop a chain into the spokes?
How To Lace and Build With Berd Spokes
Do you need to modify the hubs?
Can you build with BERD Spokes on any wheel?
Are the spoke lengths the same as metal spokes?
I’m building my own wheel with Berd spokes, what nipples should I use?
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How do you connect BERD spokes to a rim?
These Double Square Sapim Secure Lock nipples are already our favorite nipple option and used in virtually all of our builds due to their high corrosion resistance, strength, and their secure lock function.
How do you connect BERD spokes to a hub?
The spoke is pulled through the hub with a temporary Wire Loop and a hooked tool (Berd refers to it as their “Pulling Tool”). After the spoke is pulled through, the Wire Loop is removed and a special Berd spoke cut-off is placed in the loop of the spoke. When the spoke is pulled away from the hub, the loop closes on the cut-off, preventing it from coming back through the hole in the hub.
How do BERD spokes attach to hubs?
How do I stop the spokes from twisting while building?
There is a traditional 2mm threaded spoke bonded to the end of every Berd spoke with a wrench flat. Berd makes a Spoke Holding Tool to hold the spoke while building. Using this tool in one hand and a T-handle double square wrench, twist the nipples from inside the rim to add tension. If you need to work on the wheel and do not want to remove the tire/tape, Berd also makes an External Nipple Wrench that plays nicely with their Spoke Holding Tool.
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What is the final tension of BERD Spokes?
The final tension of Berd Spokes is 78kg/f on the high tension side of the wheel. On a correctly calibrated Park Tools TM-1 gauge it should read 12. While tension could safely be between 10 to 14 on this gauge, the more important thing is that it’s consistent between the spokes.
As a general rule, mountain wheels that are broken in should be brought back up to 11-12, and road disc wheels can be a bit lower (10 is okay) because they are generally deeper and stiffer than mountain wheels. Note that the tension tends to drop overnight, so check if additional tension is needed over time.
How to properly measure the tension of BERD Spokes?
Berd Spoke Replacement Tools
The Awl is used to open up the loop at the ends of spokes so that the wire does not fray the spoke. Individual spokes can be replaced without an Awl, but you will want one if you’re building an entire wheel or replacing many spokes at once.
A Pulling Tool is required for all Berd wheel builds or when replacing spokes. Used in conjunction with the Wire Loop to pull the spokes through hubs.
Insert Pushing Tool
The Insert Pushing Tool is required to install Inserts on tangential straight pull hubs. This tool is not required for other hub types (J-bend or radial straight pull hubs).
External Nipple Wrench
The External Nipple Wrench allows for external truing or replacing spokes (no need to remove the tire). Compatible with external nipples only. If you’re using this tool to replace a Berd spoke, be sure that you use the Berd Spoke Holding Tool.
Spoke Holding Tool
Only compatible with Berd spokes, the Spoke Holding Tool is used to prevent the spoke from twisting while building.
The wire loop is used for pulling spokes through hub holes on every Berd wheelset. While only one Wire Loop is generally required, they can break under heavy use so we recommend having a spare or two.
Tangential Straight Pull Insert (Inserts)
These Inserts prevent spoke fraying on tangential straight pull hubs. One piece is required per spoke.
Spoke Rods are available in black or white and are used to stop Berd spokes from pulling through hub holes. One piece is required for every Berd spoke regardless of the hub type.
Replacement Berd Spoke
Colour: Black, White
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