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The difference 4 spokes make?(4 posts)

The difference 4 spokes make?hayaku
Nov 4, 2002 9:46 PM
I have a front 24 hole hub and a rear 28 hole. My team manager/local bike shop owner thinks that 28/28 would be the best for me but that'd mean I would have to buy a new hub(I don't really wanna) In racing terms, how much difference should I expect with 4 more non-aero spokes on light weight rims? And in what areas would these differences be apparent?

I would ask why go with 28 on the front?brider
Nov 5, 2002 8:24 AM
Unless your weight distribution on the bike is totally out of whack, then there's no reason you should be going with more spokes on the front if 28 is okay on the rear. I'd be interested in hearing the logic behind this guys suggestion.
24 hole rims can be hard to findjw25
Nov 5, 2002 1:12 PM
but other than that, I don't see why you can't run a 24 front if a 28 rear is ok.
In racing terms, 4 more spokes up front will add strength to the wheel, but shouldn't affect stiffness noticeably. If these are race-only wheels, there's little difference practically.
As far as rims go, though, I'd recommend something with a bit of depth - CXP-33, maybe Velocity Fusion, Sun Venus or Assault. A V-section rim ends up being a lot stiffer for the weight, which is critical with lower spoke-count wheels.
re: The difference 4 spokes make?SingleThreaded
Nov 25, 2002 11:59 AM
Break a spoke or nipple on a 28 spoke rim and it deflects badly, but not to the point it becomes unrideable. Break the same on a 24 spoke rim and you're stuck on the side of the road. Perhaps, he's suggesting if you want a better chance of finishing the race, 28 spoke is the minimum.