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Twisted spokes?(4 posts)

Twisted spokes?speed-chump
May 10, 2002 7:24 AM
Last night on OLN, Greg Herbold was showing off some
new mtb swag, and the rig he was standing in front of
appeared to have a spoke pattern where crossing spokes
were twisted around each other several times where they
crossed. I doubt there would be any reason to do this
other than aesthetics, but it was pretty neat. Anybody
know anything about this?
YeahAhimsa
May 10, 2002 7:40 AM
I've heard it called Snowflake spoking before. There's a pic of a bike in the gallery with that. Ugly as all bloody hell if you ask me.

Better for 80's freestyle BMX bikes, or guys that ride gold plated lowriders with airbrushed pics of mermaids on 'em.

Has no purpose other than trick aesthetics.

Cheers!

A.
Ever hear of tied and soldered spokes?brider
May 10, 2002 8:33 AM
Jobst Brandt's book talks of tied and soldered spokes (and I've seen them myself, though never ridden on them). This is an extreme example of the same philosophy, though it does introduce a lot of stress risers. Not new, and not totally for show.
re: Twisted spokes?Tom C
May 11, 2002 4:47 PM
Tied and soldered spokes were popular on track wheels in the past, effectively shortening the spoke at the ties, stiffening it.