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Shimano hubs and radial spoking(7 posts)

Shimano hubs and radial spokingupandcomer
Apr 24, 2003 7:51 AM
Has anyone here laced up a Shimano wheel with a radial pattern? I know Shimano voids the warranty, but I was wondering if anyone has actually had any failures from such practice. I recently built a front Ultegra hub with a radial spoking pattern. I tried to keep the tension at around 90kgf according to my Wheelsmith Tensionmeter. Will the hub fail?
re: Shimano hubs and radial spokingc722061
Apr 24, 2003 7:57 AM
I laced my Ultegra front hub radially with the max tension that the rim (CXP21) permits. I have ridden the wheel close to 500 miles, no problem so far.
re: Shimano hubs and radial spokingEug
Apr 24, 2003 8:14 AM
I laced up a mountain wheel on an LX hub that way and it worked fine, but after doing it I quite frankly don't see the point, other than it looks cool.
re: Shimano hubs and radial spokingMR_GRUMPY
Apr 24, 2003 8:18 AM
I've got an old 7400 Dura Ace front wheel that is slotted with 28 bladed radial spokes. Never any trouble, never had to be trued.
re: Shimano hubs and radial spokingrussw19
Apr 24, 2003 8:31 AM
My road wheels for my mountain bike have a radial laced front wheel on an 8sp. XT hub. No problems yet. 4 years old now.

But other than looks, there is really no good reason to do it. The wieght savings over a 2 cross wheel is very minimal, and 2 cross is a much stiffer wheel. But it does look so much better if you ask me.

re: no good reasoncyclopathic
Apr 24, 2003 9:46 AM
except for rear. half radial lacing makes stronger wheel.
and yes front is 11% stiffer if built heads in.
re: Shimano hubs and radial spokingSpoiler
Apr 25, 2003 12:21 PM
In September I had a new 28h Ultegra hub built with Velocity Aerohead rim. The tension has kept up fine. No truing problems. But the wheel doesn't ride well. It seems to be "sensitive". It jumps and skips.
When I hit minor bumps and small rocks, the tire seems to jump off to the side, rather than rolling straight ahead, more than my other cross-laced wheels.