Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Senior Curmudgeon FarHorizon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Directly above the center of the earth
    My Bikes
    Electra Townie 1
    Posts
    3,512
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Radially spoked MTB wheel?

    At a yard sale the other day, I picked up a MTB front wheel with 28 radial spokes ( ! ). I've never seen such a thing before. Are radially spoked front wheels becoming practical or common for offroad use?

    Alternately, is this somebody's "second wheel set" for when they want to mount slicks on their MTB and embarrass the roadies?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Long Beach, California
    My Bikes
    2005 Specialized hardrock pro... pike426, e.13 drs, fsa gap crank, formula k24's, and some more/2006 Scattante R-660 easton circuit wheels.
    Posts
    594
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    mavic deemax's have 28 spokes
    Trance music is okay...
    Drum & Bass is way better

  3. #3
    Senior Curmudgeon FarHorizon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Directly above the center of the earth
    My Bikes
    Electra Townie 1
    Posts
    3,512
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by FF 6800
    mavic deemax's have 28 spokes
    Are they crossed or radial?

  4. #4
    Svr
    Svr is offline
    Senior Member Svr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    1,223
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    At a yard sale the other day, I picked up a MTB front wheel with 28 radial spokes ( ! ). I've never seen such a thing before. Are radially spoked front wheels becoming practical or common for offroad use?

    Alternately, is this somebody's "second wheel set" for when they want to mount slicks on their MTB and embarrass the roadies?
    Radial laced front MTB wheels were a novelty in the late '80s and early '90s, and terribly trendy in the late '90s. I think around 1996 is when every maker had to have their top end XC bikes equipped with them. They died out around the time when disc brakes became common.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Long Beach, California
    My Bikes
    2005 Specialized hardrock pro... pike426, e.13 drs, fsa gap crank, formula k24's, and some more/2006 Scattante R-660 easton circuit wheels.
    Posts
    594
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    oh...
    haha i just looked at the spoke count
    sorry
    Trance music is okay...
    Drum & Bass is way better

  6. #6
    cptn. x-chains sidekick gmoneyhobbit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    san jose, ca
    My Bikes
    stumpie, xtr, sid, ultimate sd
    Posts
    455
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i think radial lacing might save some weight due to 28 spoke count... might reduce spoke wear and breakage because of the lack of crossing them, and is generally intended for the lighter riders.
    i recycle, i sniff my own farts, dial the wrong number hope the conversation starts.

  7. #7
    DNPAIMFB pinkrobe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Cowtown, AB
    My Bikes
    Titus El Guapo, Misfit diSSent, Cervelo Soloist Carbon, Wabi Lightning, et al.
    Posts
    4,654
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Late 90's was definitely the heyday of radial fronts. I even built up a 2x/radial rear wheel that lasted through more than a season of racing. This was well before disc brakes of course.
    Proud Member of the HHCMF
    '06 Cervelo Soloist Carbon | '09 Titus El Guapo | '09 Misfit diSSent | '09 Wabi Lightning

  8. #8
    nm+
    nm+ is offline
    Ultra-clydesdale
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Sacramento, CA or St Paul, MN
    My Bikes
    Titus Racer-X AL/Trek 520(RIP)/Trek 930
    Posts
    572
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Had em on my Fisher Mt. Tam in 2k (?) Another crappy part on a crappy bike.
    Wheels broke quick. (Then went the frame, twice).
    Granted I'm a cydesdale to the extreme and should have nothing less than 36 hand laced spokes.

  9. #9
    hateful little monkey jim-bob's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    oakland, ca
    Posts
    5,274
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've been using the same radial front mtb wheels for about a decade now. No problems.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •