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titanium spokes(7 posts)

titanium spokesProboscis
Dec 13, 2001 4:53 PM
Has anybody had any experiences with titanium spokes? I am looking to build a very light wheel set which wont be as subject to cross winds as my current set for the upcomming tri season. It seems to me that though titanium may be light, it would tend to be kind of flexy, which wont be good for an aluminum rim. Thanks for any input.
re: titanium spokesTJeanloz
Dec 13, 2001 5:19 PM
Titanium spokes are to be avoided 99.9% of the time. They are particularly brittle, and frequently break at the elbows. The .1% of the time that it's worth risking? On a race ONLY wheelset, where weight is of critical importance, but they won't see a lot of use.
In other words...Ahimsa
Dec 13, 2001 8:08 PM
fugedaboudit.
strongly disagreefuzzybunnies
Dec 14, 2001 11:22 PM
I have a set of wheels built with ti spokes 3x rear 2x front and haven't had any problems with them. The biggest thing is keeping them at the proper tension which became easier when marwi said there was no problem using ti prep. About half the bmxers on our shop team use them and there hasn't been a single one broken and they race dirt and paved track with lots of high jumps, also ranked 1st in NY 3 years straight and top 10 in the nation. So yes they ride a lot and most of the spokes have been in more than one wheel. Because of the high tension they're under they don't flex any more noticably than any of my other wheels. If you can afford them go for it. -Russ
BMXers use 36 or 48-hole hubsJack S
Dec 15, 2001 5:24 AM
and the rims are alot smaller, so the spokes are shorter and wheels stiffer. I'd say trouble keeping proper tension IS a problem.
BMXers use 36 or 48-hole hubsfuzzybunnies
Dec 15, 2001 6:16 PM
Like I said, spoke prep cured the tension problem and some of them are riding cruisers that have been outfitted with 26" wheels. None use 48 spoke wheels and roughly half use 32 spokes. -Russ
re: titanium spokesJimP
Dec 18, 2001 12:51 PM
I had a set of Phil Wood hubs laced with ti spokes. The front wheel was radial laced and I rode on it for 3 years before I replaced that wheelset. The rear, however, lasted only a month before the spokes and the derailleur touched in a steep climb. The shop that built up the wheels replaced the spokes with DT steel blades. They explained that they felt the ti spokes were too stretchy for rear wheels.