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Newbie question on Open Pro lacing(5 posts)

Newbie question on Open Pro lacingErap Estrada
Apr 3, 2001 7:16 PM
I'm 165 pounds. My Open Pros currently have 36 spokes for both front and rear. I'm no too sure, but I think it can be laced with as few as 32 or 16 spokes per wheel. Would this be safe/sturdy enough for someone my weight. Would it hold if the roads here are very bad (patches, deep cracks, potholes)? Any out there who can explain to me the different lacing patterns (2 cross, 3 cross, what are they?)?
Don't go less than 36 for both wheels!Bill J. Pappas
Apr 3, 2001 10:10 PM
If your rim/hubs are drilled for 36 spokes, then use 36 spokes for both front and rear! If you use less you will have gaps in between the eyelets,and the spoke holes along the hubs' flange that could make building/truing quite a hassle. This can result in failure of the rim/hub down the road(pardon the pun!)
I myself also use Open Pros, 32 hole, 3X front/rear, I weigh 170lbs. and have had no durability problems with the wheelset.
With a 36 hole rim, you can get by quite well with 2X for the front, and 3X/2X, or just straight 3X for the rear, DS& NDS respectively.
I'm not well versed in the full technical merits of the benefits of lacing radial,2X,or 3X etc... you can get that info from your LBS, or check out wheelbuilding books by Jobst Brandt, or Gerd Schraner.
OKErap Estrada
Apr 3, 2001 10:59 PM
If I judge correctly, my wheels are laced 2x. Two spokes crossover about 2-3 inches from the hub, then I think each spoke crosse with another one beside it further up (not sure if I remember correctly though). Anyway, since my hubs are drilled for 36 spokes, I will leave it at 36. Thanks for your insight.
No, they're probably 3-crosspmf
Apr 4, 2001 10:00 AM
Almost no one uses a 2-cross spoke pattern. Certianly, if you are new to biking, your factory built wheels that came with the bike are 3-cross.

The spokes cross each other right on the hub first. Although it's barely a cross, it counts. The next two are more visible near the center of the wheel.
I see, guess I was wrong again haha, but.....Erap Estrada
Apr 4, 2001 4:51 PM
....is it better to use a radial pattern for the front wheel? What are the benefits of 3 cross over 2 cross and radial?

Sorry if my questions may sound stupid..hehe.