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building new wheelset...jon_gl
May 22, 2002 8:42 PM
I plan on having a pair of wheels build and I would like to gather ideas about lacing patterns. The hubs will be 105 laced to Sun Venus 32 holes rims; I plan on going radial in the front, and am interested in feedback on the rear patterns such as radial on the non-drive side and some type of cross on the drive side. Is weight the only advantage of having such an arrangement? Should I go cross on both sides? I plan on riding long distances, sprints, maybe some triathlons in the future. Any ideas welcome.
5 or 6 grams per wheel weight difference.Spoke Wrench
May 23, 2002 5:25 AM
Just for fun, I looked up the spoke lengths for radial vs 3 cross and came up with about a 10mm difference. Based upon a weight of 185 grams for 32 14/15 spokes, the weight saving will be about 5 or 6 grams per wheel. In other words, peanuts.

I can see two advantages to radially laced wheels. Many people think they look cooler, and they take less time to lace so the wheelbuilder makes a better profit.
One more plus, and a deltaKerry
May 23, 2002 5:13 PM
PLUS: it makes your spokes easier to clean since you don't have those annoying crosses to catch your cleaning rag.

MINUS: it voids on the warranty on your hubs - they aren't designed to take the direct radial stress.