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What is the proper lacing pattern for an Ultegra Front Hub?(6 posts)

What is the proper lacing pattern for an Ultegra Front Hub?niteschaos
Dec 15, 2002 4:57 PM
I am building another wheelset. I was originally going to do a 3-cross, but I wanted to see if I could loose any wieght doing a radial pattern. Is there a particular patern suggested for the 2003 Ultegra front hub?

(I always use 3-cross on both sides on the rear hub, and haven't seen any need or reason to change that.)
Radial lacing will likely void warrantyKerry
Dec 15, 2002 6:40 PM
And it won't save any noticeable weight (10 grams?)
re: What is the proper lacing pattern for an Ultegra Front Hub?MR_GRUMPY
Dec 15, 2002 6:59 PM
Front wheels seem to last forever. You won't gain anything, but it will look cool if you build it 28 hole w/ 2X .
Embrace the 3x Lacing PatternUncle Tim
Dec 16, 2002 7:27 AM
The Shimano Ultegra hubset isn't the lightest in the world so, as Kerry said, it's kinda silly to try to save weight by decreasing spoke length.

I would think that, by it's very nature, and Ultegra hubset is a workhorse hub that is designed for a strong practical wheel. 3X lacing plays into that. If you build it right, you will end up with a very strong, dependable wheel.

I know you've seen 95% of bikes with 3x wheels. The fancy schmancy guys have come out with radial spoking, paired spoking, hidden nipple spoking, etc. and 3x is starting to look boring to you.

Take a long stare at some 3x lacing. I'm talking 45 minutes or more. Don't move, don't talk. Just think and consider.

Contemplate the pattern. In your mind's eye, imagine the turning of the wheel and envision the forces, making every effort to make sense of it all. Two leading spokes. Two trailing spokes. That long cross UNDER that lends the wheel its strength and its beauty. It works. My god, it works.

You can build it extra stiff, or you made it tend towards the compliant. Just remember that the wheel works for you. You are the boss. You are in charge. The 3x lacing is the key.
Embrace the 3x Lacing Patternroad
Dec 16, 2002 4:18 PM
Want to get fancy?brider
Dec 16, 2002 9:39 AM
Try a crow's feet pattern. Or, to spice up a 3x, tie and solder.