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Question about low spoke/high tension wheels(4 posts)

Question about low spoke/high tension wheelsrwbadley
Dec 15, 2002 10:58 AM
Does anybody going from regular 32 spoke wheels to low spoke high tension wheelset (like ksyrium etc.) find the ride a bit, uh, harsh? Have you experimented with tire pressure to alleviate this?

I am asking due to I typically run 32 spoke with Conti's at 120psi or so. I recently picked up a ksyrium wheelset and find at 120 the ride a bit harsh, some better at 110.

Anybody else with this experience?

re: Question about low spoke/high tension wheelsJon Billheimer
Dec 15, 2002 1:59 PM
My Rolfs are a bit on the harsh side. I normally run 115 to 120 psi.
ksyriums are a bit harsh...C-40
Dec 15, 2002 2:22 PM
Actually, real low spoke count wheel like Shamals (16 spokes front & rear) ride a bit smoother than Ksyriums. I noticed this immediately when I switched a couple of years ago. I quickly became accustomed to it. I put 120 in my rear Conti 700 x 23 and 100-110 in the front.
not for meDougSloan
Dec 16, 2002 6:54 AM
The relative "harshness" of your ride is about 1,000 times more determined by your tires and pressures, saddle, and frame, than your wheels. All wheels are under relatively high tension, and there is almost zero give to spokes, at least according to nearly everything I've read on the subject. One expert said the give of a 32 spoke wheel is about the equivalent of running over a sheet of typing paper. If you can feel that, you can discern wheel stiffness differences (in the vertical plane).