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Originally Posted by andre nickatina
Hmm... 28/24 is a little slim for a handbuilt track wheelset IMO. Stiffness is more important than weight on the track and the added aerodynamics of less spokes are kind of negligable in this case.
I disagree. Look at higher end stock track wheelsets...they have fewer spokes than 28/24. The benefits of lower spoke counts may be minor, but lighter and more aero is still better than heavier and less aero. If you know how to build wheels correctly, a 24/28 spoke combo, with wisely chosen components, is a very good performance/strength/durability compromise.
Spoke count isn't the only thing that plays into wheel stiffness. Hub flange spacing, flange diameter, lacing pattern, and spoke tension are all relevant factors. FWIW, my 28 spoke Niobium, CXRray, Formula wheel is the stiffest wheel I own...much stiffer than 32 and 36 spoke fg wheelsets that I have built with lower profile rims and different types of spokes and hubs.
My suggestion matches the OP's request for a lightweight road/track wheelset. It would work best for someone wanting a reasonable high performance wheelset suitable for road and track at a reasonable cost and will be able to handle moderate levels of abuse. On the other hand, if extreme durability is more of a a priority (i.e. for tricks, frequent curb jumping, or offroading), definately go with more spokes and heavier components.
Last edited by mihlbach; 08-19-08 at 07:56 PM.