As I am about to build my third set of tubular wheels this year, I got to thinking that radial pattern wheels used to only recommended for track bikes, and I was made to believe that it was literally suicide to use the radial lacing pattern on the road for front wheels back in the 80's. as the hubs could crack for too much road shock
I've inspected some wheels on new bike with radial lacing, and I don't see anything significantly different at the hub (ones that used conventional hubs and spokes) that makes the newest wheels anything significantly different to make them stronger and handle radial pattern lacing.......what's going on??
I did notice that my Nephew takes many trips to my truing stand to touch up his radial pattern wheel though. Aside from that, how come he can ride them on the road for many miles, in all sorts of conditions without real concerns for it breaking up on him on the road?
I also noted that 20 and less spokes is not a problem these days with road wheels. Again, why is this so?
I'm not building any radila patterned wheels anytime soon, but I was surprised that there still seems to be a lot of concern about two cross wheels when I see all these new bikers on wheels that look to be more dangerous at first glance than the last 2 cross pattern wheelset I just finished a few weeks ago.