NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Unless you are incredibly light and your tires never leavet the ground, forget about radial lacing. Looks good, not very strong. Forget it for the rear wheel.
Three cross is the most reliable, and durable lacing. Four cross puts the spokes at too much of an angel and covers over the adjacent spoke hole causing unusual wear and problems with replacing spokes.
I'd ONLY go 3x, especially for a mtn bike!
The bigger question is straight gauge or double butted spokes.
Then there's the debate of brass nipples vs. aluminum.
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