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Old 07-31-05, 09:22 PM   #1
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tomorrow I plan to build my first set of 4x wheels. I've built a bunch of 3x wheels in the past. do ya'll have any tips for 4x wheels? is building a 4x wheel much different than a 3x?

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Old 07-31-05, 10:45 PM   #2
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I've only done 3 cross myself. The only difference would be longer spokes to accomodate 4 crosses. Other than that, the technique should be the same.
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Out of curiosity, why are you doing 4x wheels?
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They tend to be marginally stronger than 3x. Chances are he's either a big guy or plans on doing some loaded touring
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More crosses = softer ride, too.
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Out of curiosity, why are you doing 4x wheels?
no real reason at all. mainly I've never built a set of 4x wheels. they'll be going on a lugged track frame and I thought 4x would look cool, a little old school, and I'm not too concerned with weight.
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Make sure the 4x pattern will work on your hubs. There is a better chance that spokes will cover the head of the spoke adjacent to it. This problem makes changing broken spokes very difficult. The problem is more likely on hubs with a large flange diameter.
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with 4x you can choose to bring the leading spoke under the third or fourth cross. third is common in the bmx world. fourth probably makes more sense for a road wheel.
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