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limited spoke wheels(4 posts)

limited spoke wheelsbeaten leader
Nov 22, 2002 2:44 PM
I have never owned a set of limited spoke wheels. Are they as durable as standard 32 or 24 spokes. I ride in Indiana with some pretty rough roads , and weigh in at 175 to 180. Thanks for any advice.
Clarify limited spokeKerry
Nov 22, 2002 3:35 PM
Most people would call a 24 spoke wheel "low spoke count" but you describe them as standard. Once you get less than 24, you certainly have to have a very strong rim in order to have a strong wheel. Even 24 spoke wheels should have a stronger than average rim to be durable. Note, this also means heavier. A rim designed for 32 spoke may well be too weak (light) to be adequate for 24 construction. If you're thinking an 18, 16, or 12 spoke wheel, you'll need a deep section strong rim.
low spoke count wheels: lighter and more aero... but at a costTig
Nov 22, 2002 4:56 PM
I've had both, and the advantages of a low spoke count wheel can go out the window when a spoke breaks compared to a regular 28, 32, or 36 spoke wheel. Pop a spoke on a 16 or 18 rear and you'll be lucky to rotate the wheel without it rubbing on a chain stay thanks to the high tension required. Bring your cell phone and call home to get picked up. Do the same with a 32 and all you'll have to do is open the brake caliper to get home.

A 32 or 28 spoke wheel set can be build fairly light (lower 1400 grams, which smoke K's in weight and price) with Hugi hubs, Open Pro or the new American Classic 350 rims, double-butted or bladed spokes, and maybe aluminum nipples if you don't weigh too much.
low spoke count wheels: lighter and more aero... but at a costbeaten leader
Nov 23, 2002 3:11 AM
Thanks tig, that was exactly what i was wanting to know. Some of the lower cost road bicycles such as scattante offer these limited spoke wheels where the spoke actually attaches to the side of the rim, all new to me and i am skeptical. I wondered what a broken spoke would do. Think I will just go for a decent conventional wheelset.