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28 spoke front wheel (and rear?)(4 posts)

28 spoke front wheel (and rear?)JBF
May 17, 2002 12:55 PM
I am going to build a new set of wheels on record hubs, with open pro or aerohead rims. I weigh 155 lbs and ride about 100 miles a week in season. Is 28 spokes on the front adequate? I read posts on this website regularly about 200+ lb. riders riding on 32 spoke open pros with no problems. It seems like I could get away with fewer spokes on the front, and maybe even the rear.

What about all these expensive prebuilt wheels. I never see them with over 28 spokes, sometimes with 20 or fewer. Any thoughts on this?
re: 28 spoke front wheel (and rear?)feathers mcgraw
May 17, 2002 3:11 PM
My road race wheels and mountain bike wheels are 28 spoke wheels. Both are built with revolution 14/17's except for the drive side, which are 14/15's. Alloy nipples except for the drive side. The road wheels are open pro tubulars. I weigh 162 and haven't had any problems with either.
You will be ok, just to be sure....sprockets2
May 18, 2002 8:19 AM
you might want to use an off-center rim on the rear, which will allow you to spread drive and impact loads a bit more evenly on both sides. (The Campy pre-built wheels are OCR rear rims). The difference in tension between DS and NDS can be substantial-a Campy hubbed wheel I just built had amazingly different tension (yes, it was built right).

Also, don't use less than 14/15 if you want to have that extra bit of security.
No problemKerry
May 19, 2002 6:20 AM
Assuming you "ride light" and don't seem like a pothole magnet, you will have no problems with a well built 28 hole wheel set (front and rear). The factory wheels with the low spoke counts do work (I weigh 180 and have 20K + miles on a rear 24 spoke factory wheel). To get this, they have to use heavier rims to take the extra stress at each spoke, so they get a slight aero advantage, a slight weight penalty, and a huge profit and marketing advantage. A good builder could do just as well assembling these wheels, but the factory profit would be much less and they would run the risk of hack wheel builders giving them a bad reputation. Given that you can get a DA/Aerohead wheel set for $290 and a Record/Aerohead for $310, there is little incentive to go for the boutique wheels, in my opinion.