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    Selecting wheels / spoke #

    What will a higher spoke count do for me?
    36 vs 48?
    Stronger?
    Heavier?

    I'm 6' 200# using my single speed for casual riding / exercise.

    Will I even notice a difference for what I'm using it for?

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    36 is plenty for you and then some. 48 is total overkill and is usually reserved for tandems or really hard tricking.
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    Thanks Tejano.

    I thought that might be the case, but am still a newbie and wanted a knowledgeable opinion.

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    A properly-built/tensioned 32 or 36h wheelset will be perfectly alright and - as TT said - more than enough. I'm around 200 lbs myself and am never concerned with ever needing wheels with more spokes than that.

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    With the right build you can go 24f/28r.
    i won't deny it i'm a straight ridah

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    Quote Originally Posted by tFUnK View Post
    With the right build you can go 24f/28r.
    Or even 20f/24r if you really know what you are doing. Spoke count is less important than getting the wheel built properly.

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    mihlbach loves his low spoke counts!

    48 spokes is a ridiculous amount of spokes. I would go with 32 max if you're just doing casual riding over decent roads.
    // yummygooey

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    +1 to all of the opinions above.

    At 250lbs, I rode 20 spokes front and rear (Mavic Ellipse) through Baltimore just fine.


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