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Spoke LacingRob11966
Jul 23, 2003 4:34 PM
Would someone be able to direct me to a website (or explain) the advantages/disadvantages of different spoke lacing patterns.
re: Spoke Lacingtorquecal
Jul 23, 2003 5:02 PM
Sheldon Brown's site does a pretty good job explaining the patterns. 3 cross seems to be the baseline standard, but then you get 4 cross for seriously strong wheels, 2 cross for lower spoke count wheels, 1 cross for even lower spoke count wheels and then radial for bare bones spoke count wheels.

There's tonnes of pages of text arguing the strength of various patterns. While not weighing in on all of that I think there are a few things most people agree on:

1) fewer spokes with fewer crosses makes an overall lighter wheel (all other things being equal)
2) the more spokes you get and the more crosses you lace makes for a stronger, more 'bulletproof' wheel, all other things being equal
Jul 23, 2003 5:12 PM
I agree with your points, except there are some caveats when it comes to the rear wheel. Balanced tension on the drive side and non-drive side is important. Spokes usually break on the non-drive side since they do not have enough tension (I wont go into the reasons why, but you can read up on it, probably on sheldon brown). Therefore, you want a higher tension non-drive side to make a stronger wheel. To do this, lace the non-drive side radial with thinner spokes. I'd recommend 3x 14-15g butted spokes on the drive side, and radial lace 14-17g non-drive side. This comes closer to balancing out the tension on the drive and non-drive side. Thats how i'd make seriously bulletproof wheels.