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    Spokes.. Only Half Of Them

    Hey, I just got a bike as a gift.. its the 2003 model and its reduced from 700-800 to 400 because of a lack of disc brakes lol.. Anyway, to the point of my post, the guy in the shop pointed out that the wheels only had like 1/2 the amount of spokes a normal wheel would have and that there was a reason for this (Aero Blade Spokes? Thats what theyre called lol). Please, enlighten me - why (except for looking good) is there only 1/2 the number of spokes and will this not make the wheel weaker? I remember buckling a wheel with all the spokes

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    As you can tell im not into biking, this is just a curiosity question.. thanks

    Andrew

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    Yes it will make your bike weaker. The reason for it is weight and really a lot of riders do not need 32 spokes. As long as you aren't doing anything too aggressive I assume they will last a while. I would hope.

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    Depends on what you do on it. For XC it's a sweet way to setup a wheel in my opinion.
    My money pits:

    Cannondale Jekyll 500 with Avid Mechs and Sun DS2 rims with XT disc hubs.

    Cannondale F900 with SRAM XO shifters/derailler, Mavic X3.1 tubeless wheels, Avid Mechs, Race Face Next LP cranks, Time ATAC pedals, SRAM levers.

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    Ok thanks for replies

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