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Old 06-28-11, 07:38 PM   #1
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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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Old 06-28-11, 07:46 PM   #2
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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.
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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.
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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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