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    LOW flange vs. HIGH flange... what da difference for?

    Well, whatizit for?








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    Looks? hip factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughrider504
    Looks? hip factor.
    believe it or not.. track riders dont really care about looks so much.. it has to do with building a stiffer wheel

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloppy robot
    believe it or not.. track riders dont really care about looks so much.. it has to do with building a stiffer wheel
    I knew it had something to do with stiffness. My front wheel [high flange] is considerably stiffer than the rear.

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    tech aside... youre right.. high flange on a track bike just look way cooler.. just the way it is

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    It is true that higher flanges equal higher stiffness, as the expense of reliability of the wheel. Some superhigh flange hubs break spokes alot, I can't remember the name of the hub though, it's not a common one.
    Tying and soldering spokes increases stiffness as well. Mr. Brandt does not approve of that, though.
    not banned anymore

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    shorter spokes are less elastic!

    edit- actually i need to word that differently, i was imprecise. shorter spokes have less toal linear expansion given the same elasticity coefficient compared to a longer spoke. the result is a slightly stiffer wheel.
    Last edited by eurotrash666; 08-31-06 at 03:19 PM.

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    from the great sheldon...

    ""High-flange" or "large-flange" hubs have a larger flange, usually drilled out for lightness. They transmit torsional forces with less stress to the spokes than small-flange hubs do, but this is not a problem in practice with modern equipment. High-flange hubs can make a wheel with slightly greater lateral strength than equivalent small-flange hubs, because the spokes create a wider bracing angle to the rim. This makes them popular with track sprinters, who create greater-than-normal side loads on their wheels."
    before posting, a "noob" should always ask themselves "could this have been answered by first visiting Sheldon Brown

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