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    Question on strength of wheels

    A question for you mountain bike know-it-alls: I have two pair of wheels, one is a 32 spoke stock Bontrager wheel that came on a 2006 Trek 6500 and the other pair is a Ritchey WCS wheel with only 28 spokes. Which of these wheels is stronger and more resistant to breaking spokes with a heavy load on the rear? or is it a wash. Thanks for your thoughts and experience.

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    Ceteris paribus (other variables kept constant); the 32-spoke wheel would be stronger.

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    Get the spoke tension checked.

    I think the quality of the original build and subsequent retensioning and truing will determine which is the tougher wheel.

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