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Old 06-05-10, 05:12 PM   #1
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My Bike feels way Different??!!

I ride a 2010 Giant Suede DX (comfort / pedal forward) on 26 X 2 tires. I just started popping spokes on my rear wheel, and my LBS decided to changed out my stock wheels under warrenty.

Turns out they did both - said the look is too different and wanted my wheels to match - went from the stock 32 spoke wheels to "Sun Rim AT18 with 36 DT14 spokes, and Shimano hubs.

Just rode round the neighborhood for bout 4 miles, and suddenly I can ride with no hands??!! Been trying and failing completely since buying the bike - figured I lost my skilz or something

The bike *feels* like it turns faster as well, and it holds a line if I do a fast sweeper better??

Less 'flex' in the wheels? This is the only change made - same tires, same everything else?

Thoughts? (not complaining)
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Old 06-05-10, 05:16 PM   #2
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Yep, less lateral flex, and I'd bet the rear wheel is better dished as well.
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Old 06-08-10, 07:29 AM   #3
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Also, perhaps you inflated the tires this time? :-)
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Funny~! I always check tire pressure before rolling. Just like on my car, tire pressure is critical to the performance of the vehical, and with tubes, you get more/faster air loss...
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You might be dealing with 2 completely different things here. Could be the difference in machine built (unchecked) wheels, vs, hand built wheels.

Sure, 36 spokes (properly built) will be miles ahead of those OEM 32 spoke (unchecked) wheels.

The biggest difference being properly handbuilt wheels - did the shop build them themselves?
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Yup, but also had worked on the OEM wheels before I picked up the bike...
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