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Old 07-30-08, 12:37 PM   #1
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why tri/quad-spoke front wheel?

Can anyone shed some light on why some fixie riders use a tri/quad-composite-spoke front wheel? HED H3, etc.

Is there a functional reason for this?
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Old 07-30-08, 12:40 PM   #2
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Aesthetics. I assume many fixed freestylers come from a BMX background, so they may be attracted to those sorts of wheels given the superficial resemblance to mags.
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Old 07-30-08, 12:40 PM   #3
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once you go tarck you never go barck
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Old 07-30-08, 12:42 PM   #4
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cool/style points (which is, of course, in the eye of the beholder)

anyone who says differently is lying.

p.s. peabody the progressive checkout lady kind creeps me out
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you sold your pista?
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Old 07-30-08, 01:09 PM   #7
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p.s. peabody the progressive checkout lady kind creeps me out

i pm'ed him the same thing a few days ago, professing my hate for that character. so ****ing annoying!
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Old 07-30-08, 01:18 PM   #8
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HAHA I've been wondering who that lady is for the past couple of weeks... I don't have TV and rarely see it so I had no idea.
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Tri spokes or five spokes (Hed3 Aerospoke) don't go out of true since the spokes are solid and should never need tightening.

Four spokes (Rev-X) - The cool factor of landing a bar spin and having your wheel explode sending slivers of carbon fiber into every bystander within a 30 foot radius. There's also the badass factor of riding a wheel that could unexpectedly disintegrate and send you face first into the pavement. That kind of disregard for personal safety is worth 300 scene points
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aerodynamics, vertical stiffness, lateral compliance
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actually tri spokes/hed3/corima/io do go out of true. its just that when they do you cant re true them.

originally they were meant for aerodynamics. but with all the tarck guys now a days track bikes arent even riden on the track anymore.
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Old 07-30-08, 02:20 PM   #12
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I ride my Tri Spoke on the street and race it on the track. Also, no tricks for me.

Breaking stereotypes one wheel at a time!!!
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ok sweet.. so looks like there is no real reason for a fixie on the street to have one, aside from asthetics.

aerodynamics shouldn't be a concern, if they are.. it's much cheaper (and more effective) to get TT bars. handling is also compromised in windy conditions, having a much larger side profile.. especially without a disc in back. as already mentioned, they do come out of true, and they don't go back into true. i'd hate to slam a nice carbon wheel into a pothole. they also generally weigh more.

now it's a different story if you're riding in a non-drafting track event, against the clock.
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Old 07-30-08, 02:37 PM   #14
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it's fine if you're riding a mass start event too, gotta break away from the pack at some point if you want to win. more aerodynamics when you're already near your max speed and breaking your wind is only going to help you.
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Old 07-30-08, 02:38 PM   #15
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I have it so I use it.
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Road clipless & aero wheel with riser bars huh?


If you had different handle bars on it that were intended for long open road use, then your bike would make comlete sense.

I dont mean to hate though your bike is awesome.



Why road clipless though? I don't get the impression that you leave town with those pedals and those handlebars...



IMO you either need to:
A. Put some street-friendly pedals on there (straps+clips or MTB clipless)
or
B. Put some drops or bullhorns on it if you actually do road rides with it.

MY BAD if you bike is currently inbetween setup A or setup B coincidentially in that pic...
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it's fine if you're riding a mass start event too, gotta break away from the pack at some point if you want to win. more aerodynamics when you're already near your max speed and breaking your wind is only going to help you.
ya.. that makes sense. but I would rather run Zipp 404s or Reynolds something or other deep dish wheels (front and back), and not pay the weight penalty of tri/quad/5 spoke composites.
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Old 07-30-08, 02:58 PM   #18
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I know that if someone tossed an aero wheel my way, I'd rock it with my risers and PowerGrips. Don't matter where or how I ride.
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Old 07-30-08, 03:00 PM   #19
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it's fine if you're riding a mass start event too, gotta break away from the pack at some point if you want to win. more aerodynamics when you're already near your max speed and breaking your wind is only going to help you.
nor can it hurt when you gotta get to the plaid pantry for some tall boys ASAP

hamms demands aerodynamic wheels
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ya.. that makes sense. but I would rather run Zipp 404s or Reynolds something or other deep dish wheels (front and back), and not pay the weight penalty of tri/quad/5 spoke composites.
I don't think there's much of a weight penalty in this case. You're already getting up to a fast pace drafting behind someone's wheel (unless you like to lead the pack from the get go), so by the time you pull out the momentum of the wheel in theory should be helping, not hurting.

Either way, there's always the common advice of "spend some more time training and less time thinking about this", and with that I'm off to the track!
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I know that if someone tossed an aero wheel my way, I'd rock it with my risers and PowerGrips. Don't matter where or how I ride.
My 404 front, on my TT bike, costs more than my fixie + goodies.. would hate to ruin it or get it stolen goofing around town.
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Road clipless & aero wheel with riser bars huh?


If you had different handle bars on it that were intended for long open road use, then your bike would make comlete sense.

I dont mean to hate though your bike is awesome.



Why road clipless though? I don't get the impression that you leave town with those pedals and those handlebars...



IMO you either need to:
A. Put some street-friendly pedals on there (straps+clips or MTB clipless)
or
B. Put some drops or bullhorns on it if you actually do road rides with it.

MY BAD if you bike is currently inbetween setup A or setup B coincidentially in that pic...
wow. seriously? it bothers you that much?
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Old 07-30-08, 03:19 PM   #23
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I know that if someone tossed an aero wheel my way, I'd rock it with my risers and PowerGrips. Don't matter where or how I ride.
same thing. I wouldn't come on here and show the kids on bikeforums my wheel, but I'd ride it around town for free. I love the way they look when someone's riding them. And when it comes down to it, are there really any GIGANTIC differences in wheels you can slap on a road fixed besides looks? Most of us shouldn't have any concern besides weight[deep v's]
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Dude take those risers off the clipless KHS. are you crazy?
someone call the police! jk. who cares?

I've got apehangers and derailers on mine, plus a dually rear wheel to avoid having to flip flop. pics to come as soon as I get up to speed on photoshop.
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My 404 front, on my TT bike, costs more than my fixie + goodies.. would hate to ruin it or get it stolen goofing around town.
*blink, blink*

mikeyp... TT bike... do you work for CDW, by chance?
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