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How much affect do bladed spokes have over round?(7 posts)

How much affect do bladed spokes have over round?skippy pinfish
Oct 22, 2002 5:27 PM
I'm looking at the american classic 420 with DT Revolutions. This is an areo rim and I'm not sure weather I should go with bladed spokes or the DT's. I ride with a small group 2 days a week and alone 2 days. I'm just looking for a little advise.
Depends on how you look at it.Spoke Wrench
Oct 23, 2002 5:29 AM
I'm sure there is a reduction in drag and somebody has surely measured it. If the measurement comes from a marketing source, I'll bet they say something like 50% reduction in drag rather than 1 gram reduction in drag. Compared with the drag of your torso moving through the air, it's less than pennies on the dollar. You'll never feel the difference.
Actually, you can feel the difference...Eager Beagle
Oct 23, 2002 6:50 AM
as I discovered when I got my thumb caught in the bladed spokes of my Mavics - straight down to the bone no messing.
Boy, you sure can feel bladed spokes in a crosswind, too (nm)TrekFurthur
Oct 23, 2002 9:49 AM
I have Sapim C-Xray bladed spokesPaulCL
Oct 23, 2002 7:27 AM
A couple of things I've noticed:
They sound different in the wind
They are very expensive ($2 per spoke)
They are very, very strong. Much stronger than round spokes

Do they make me go faster?? I have no idea. Its' gotta help some how. But all of the high zoot boutique wheels use them...speeddreams, Kysriums, Cosmics, etc... If you don't mind spending a few extra bucks, go for it. Paul
Ditto on the Sapim X Raysmass_biker
Oct 23, 2002 8:51 AM
Both my wheelsets are built up with them and I use them for training and racing on all the ice-buckled, choppy surfaces that pass for roads here in New England. Wicked strong, and when laced to OPs (one set) and CXP33s (the other set), pretty light too.

Consider the Sapims as a high zoot (but still somewhat easily available) component on an otherwise fairly pedestrian wheelset. Even if you do go with Sapims in a custom build, you should be able to build up a wheel less than "factory made".

Ditto on the Sapim X Raystmac13
Oct 28, 2002 12:53 PM
I also have Sapim CX Rays built up on Velocity Fusion rims (great rims). Not sure if it is the rims or spokes, but these wheels accelerate noticibly faster than my Mavic Cosmos