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18 spokes in a 36 hole rim? possible?(6 posts)

18 spokes in a 36 hole rim? possible?milsk88
Jun 16, 2001 3:50 PM
Is it possible to radially lace 18 spokes in a 36 hole rim for a front wheel? How about 14 in a 28 hole? I know that you can buy wheels with 14 spokes such as the Campy Shamal or the 18 spoked hed jet, so it isn't an issue of strength.
sureclub
Jun 16, 2001 5:16 PM
the only issue would be whether the hub in question is warrantied for radial lacing, some aren't. Cross-1 makes a nice tight wheel too.
you can, but I wouldn'tDog
Jun 16, 2001 5:36 PM
There will be twice as much tension/stress on each spoke hole area. If the hub was not designed for it, you could have a catastrophic failure.

Doug
they use stronger rims..cyclopathic
Jun 17, 2001 5:03 PM
still if you're light rider and use strong rim (deep V?) you should be OK, just use 13G or aero spokes and hubs approved for radial lacing
Don't do itpeloton
Jun 17, 2001 10:34 PM
As Doug said, this isn't the way that the rim was designed to function. Even on a stronger rim, the spoke eyelets may not be reinforced enough to handle the additional stress that would be placed on them by the pressure exerted by half as many spokes supporting the rim as the eyelets were designed to use.

Sure, it MIGHT work. It is a question that puts your safety in the balance though. Do you want to find out the experiment was a bust when flying around a corner at 45mph? Stick to using as many spokes as the rim was designed to use.
Use 18 hole rim, 36 hole hub (more)ChrisV
Jun 18, 2001 7:52 AM
My front wheel is a Sachs 36 hole hub, very smooth and light and affordable. It is radially laced to a Velocity 18 hole rim, just skipping every other hole. The wheel is light, has not come out of true after a year of riding and looks great. Now, I am a lighter rider @ 150lbs, so that might have something to do with it... Just my 2 cents...