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Climbing: 3X Wheel vs 3X/Radial(2 posts)

Climbing: 3X Wheel vs 3X/RadialRicky J
May 24, 2001 5:04 PM
I have a pair of rear wheels I'm trying presen- tly, a conventional 3-cross build and one with a 3-cross drive-side and radial non-drive. Both were laced up by the same reputable builder and are identical component-wise but for lacing pa- ttern. The 3-X seems to have more "snap" while climbing than the 3-X/radial; the latter feels a bit mushier to pedal inputs. In all other ar- eas the two wheels work great and I'd be really hard-pressed to tell 'em apart! I'm 215#. Inter- ested in any feedback...
Sounds Consistent...grz mnky
May 24, 2001 6:26 PM
...and the reason why going radial on the non-drive side of the rear wheel is not advised for heavier/stronger riders. The wieght savings are minimal, but the straight pull geometry works against you in terms of stiffness. Of course Mavic turned everything around with the Ksyrium wheel set.....