Black tape on spoke identifies the 'key spoke'
The finished wheel.. just needs a frame
It took a while finding the right hub as I wanted a bmx hub that was disc compatible and they’re bit of a rarity. Finally I found that Chris King and Profile Racing each make one. The CK one is bloody expensive where as the Profile one was just expensive. I went for the Profile hub with a 14mm bolted axel to provide a really solid connection that should stop the sliding dropouts slipping and help stiffen the swing arm laterally. Luckily when I ordered the hub the exchange rate was pretty favorable.. still got done on the import duty though.. damn!
A mate donated a rim to the cause.. cheers Tony. It was used but still true. The local bike shop worked out the spoke length required for the 26in rim / 110mm hub combo.
If you’re thinking on building your own wheels and haven't done so before check out Sheldon Browns guide:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html , its really informative and takes you through not just how the wheel is built, but the why too.
As I didn't have a wheel building jig and I couldn't use the frame to check alignment I knocked one up out of flat sheet of mdf and some bolts. The bolts allow the rim to be lifted to the centre line of the hub and by flipping the wheel over you can double check alignment.
It took a little longer than the instructions suggested but by following them I was able to build my first wheel with out too many troubles. Its just a case of take your time, don't rush ahead and start tensioning spokes too quickly like I did, and if things start to go wrong go take a timeout.