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Are Paired Spokes Dangerous?(5 posts)

Are Paired Spokes Dangerous?jjparkusa
Jul 23, 2003 9:15 AM
Read a review on the web on the American Classic 420's where the reviewerd slammed other wheels that paired spokes. Claims that his experience is that if a spoke breaks, the whole wheels tacos and you go flying. Any other opinions or experiences?
Any low spoke wheel can be dangerous...Dave Hickey
Jul 23, 2003 9:22 AM
If a 32H or 38H wheel loses a spoke, you can usually still ride. Any lower spoke count and the wheel generally becomes so far out of true that it's not ridable.
Should have said 36H not 38H. Sorry nmDave Hickey
Jul 23, 2003 9:23 AM
Any low spoke wheel can be dangerous...jjparkusa
Jul 23, 2003 10:08 AM
The reviewers point was that with non paired spokes, you may not be able to ride but the wheel doesn't collapse on you sending you flying.
Not necessarilyKerry Irons
Jul 23, 2003 5:46 PM
The lower the spoke count, the more the wheel will go out of true when one breaks. The lighter the rim, same story. Combine a light rim with low spoke count, and the wheel will really go out of true. However, it is unusual for a wheel to collapse with a single broken spoke. I think your review got a bit hyperbolic. I would challenge the reviewer as to how many times this has actually happened to him, first hand. He might hear lots of great stories, but has he really seen this phenomenon? Many paired spoke wheels are higher weight than the AM 420, so unless this guy has trashed a lot of wheels, I think he's just telling tales.