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wheel lacing question(3 posts)

wheel lacing questionBonked
Jan 25, 2004 1:48 PM
saw these on ebay and just couldn't resist asking...is the front pattern really "a crazy pattern that is supposed to be extra strong" as advertised? i'm not bidding on these, but they look like crap to me...
it's called twisted spokingtorquecal
Jan 25, 2004 2:02 PM
it's one of the things both Gerd Schraner and Jobst Brandt agree on in their books on wheelbuilding. Specifically, Schraner writes:

"...is a waste of time for road use. Tests have shown that it results in a very unstable wheel. The lateral stability is about the same as a normally spoked wheel, but, radially, the wheel reacts so sluggishly that encounters with momentary radial overloads (bumps in the road) the highly praised damping effect is delayed."

He goes on to say that about the only place for such a wheel is on a BMX bike.

I have one friend that laced a front this way, but even he admitted that he only did it because he had spokes that were too long to lace conventionally. That wheel got ridden once and it now hangs on his wall under a sign that reads; "Don't do this again."
i know someone with lacing like that on a cruiserbenja15
Jan 25, 2004 8:25 PM
Its looks really cool. I have heard they make the wheels extra stiff, but who knows. Its mostly about the custom look i think.