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Old 04-30-07, 10:08 AM   #1
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Wheelbuild / hub question

Before making a foray into wheelbuilding I need to know if: Can you use a 36 hole rear hub to build a wheel with 28 spokes? Road use. Any safety issues or otherwise? Thanks.
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Old 04-30-07, 10:34 AM   #2
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Before making a foray into wheelbuilding I need to know if: Can you use a 36 hole rear hub to build a wheel with 28 spokes? Road use. Any safety issues or otherwise? Thanks.
I'm sure that, with enough knowledge of computers and mathmetics you could figure out the different spoke lengths that will be required to make it work. You can just leave a few spoke holes in the hub empty, but the holes in the rim are going to be evenly spaced so the spoke lengths that are required are going to vary. Probably not a good project for a first wheel build.

On the other hand, other than building up a goofy looking wheel just to show that you can, what's the point?

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I wouldn't. (n hub) = (n rim) = (n spokes) Why make it difficult?
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Before making a foray into wheelbuilding I need to know if: Can you use a 36 hole rear hub to build a wheel with 28 spokes? Road use. Any safety issues or otherwise? Thanks.
It's possible, but tricky.

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Thanks for the responses. Just wanted to know if this was an issue and it seems to be beyond my scope at this point.
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