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    Question about 3 cross lacing pattern

    I bought a new pair of wheels (36h mavics) recently that are said to be laced in a 3 cross pattern. A spoke doesn 't necessarily cross 3 spokes on the same side of the wheel, though, right?
    It can cross two on say, the drive side, and one on the nondrive side and be considered 3 cross, right?

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    no, 3 cross crosses 3 spokes on the same flange. Are you not counting where they cross way down near the flange?

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    I'll have to take a closer look in some good light tonight.
    It might be crossing another spoke right at the flange that I'm overlooking.
    I hope not. I don't want to have to send the wheels back.
    I want to ride.

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    Sometimes rears have a different number crossings on the drive side and non-drive side for various reasons (that's another thread). I recently built a wheel with 1x DS and 3x NDS, for instance.

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    You are probably forgetting the cross at the flange.

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    Why would you send them back?

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    It's easy to miss the cross at the flange when counting the crosses.

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    Ah, much better than my lazy-ass answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambo View Post
    I'll have to take a closer look in some good light tonight.
    It might be crossing another spoke right at the flange that I'm overlooking.
    I hope not. I don't want to have to send the wheels back.
    I want to ride.

    Lambo
    If it's a 36h wheel, you WANT it laced 3x.

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    Excellent illustration and much better than any written explanation.

    I agree with the recommendation that any 36H wheel be laced 3X. There is no point to saving a trivial amount of weight or minor aerodynamic improvements with a utilitarian wheel.

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    thanks for the illustration, Scooper.
    It confirms that yes, I do have 3x 36h wheels.
    Which are a good thing because I am big. And commute with a load.
    And don't like having to get wheels trued every couple of weeks.

    So these new wheels will do the trick.

    Thanks all.
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