I am considering a modest upgrade on my highracer recumbent to 26" Mavic Crossride Disc wheels. These have direct pull spokes & hubs, which I have never used. My searches on these forums are not very helpful in this regard.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of direct pull spokes and hubs?
So far the only advantages I am aware of are bladed spokes do not require notching the holes they pass through.
Disadvantages are said to be:
1. Spokes may only be available through Mavic at a high price. Has this changed because WheelSmith lists four direct pull spokes (not blades, however)?
2. If the direct pull spokes have the nipples at the hub, adjustment is akward.
Helpful comments please? Thanks in advance.