Touring - airo spokes
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08-03-03, 03:02 PM
are airo spokes ok for touring? would they be as strong as normal spokes?:p
I think this would depend on the wheel, if wheelset like Ksyrium the hubs are specificaly designed for them. On standard hubs they have to be drilled out (atleast on some) which could cause the hub to be weaker at the flanges.
The spokes themselves would be as strong I believe but you will be subject more to side winds and harder to replace if one brakes on the road since not all LBS might stock those spokes.
He is joking, or should be. At a buck a pop for 72 spokes plus the cost of building the wheel; that would be a lot of money for a microscopic gain.
On top of that, they would be going on touring rims that weigh a ton. Like put a spoiler on a dump truck.
08-03-03, 05:49 PM
Yeah, I think this is a question unlikely to apply in real life. Most wheels with aero spokes are pre-built, and they're diefinitely not touring wheels. The fact that they have aero spokes is unimportant next to the fact that they have few spokes, light-duty rims, and probably a spoke pattern that would make them inappropriate for loaded touring. A lot of these sorts of wheels aren't even field-serviceable, which is definitely a no-no on a touring bike.
You could lace a 32- or 36-spoke touring rim with aero spokes, or at least with elliptical spokes, but why on earth would you?
08-05-03, 05:34 PM
i thought it would be easy to change. i thought aero spokes were wround at the tips and flaten out in the middle.
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