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    Quick Question About Wheels/Spokes/Rims

    I'm new to cycling and notice that some rims have 30+ spokes, 14 spokes, or are solid throughout (time trial bikes?) or have 5 or less supporting (wide and solid) spokes.

    Are all these wheels sacrificing levels of comfort and durability for weight?

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    Light, durable, and cheap. Pick two. Those 3 or 5 spoked wheels are heavy and supposedly have less drag.

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    High count spoked wheels (32+ spokes) offer a more comfortable ride. If you're above a "certain weight", a 36 or higher spoke count is usually recommended.
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO carbon

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