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Old 03-06-07, 01:45 PM   #1
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Velocity Deep V's and bladed spokes

Are there any bladed spokes you can run with the Deep Vs and still get a very durable, strong tandem wheel? The LBS finally convinced my stoker that the Rolfs/Bontrager tandem wheels are not such a good idea at our team heft (370). I'm of the opinion that the bladed spokes + low spoke count are most of the problem on those fancy racing wheels anyway. It may not be a good idea to run bladed on the Deep Vs + high spoke count.

At our level (high expense and slow...ie enthusiast) it's all about aesthetics. Not sure what a rear wheel with 40 bladed spokes would look like. The LBS entertained the idea so I must not be too far out there with the idea. Ok...it's really my Stoker-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed's idea. But I must ask anyway.
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My AC 420's use a DT bladed stainless spoke. It produces a much stronger wheel than with the normal DT comp spoke.
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The bladed part of the spoke is not where it's weak, so bladed vs. round shouldn't be an issue.

I think a 40h Deep-V (well built) is a very, very strong wheel.
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The bladed part of the spoke is not where it's weak, so bladed vs. round shouldn't be an issue.

I think a 40h Deep-V (well built) is a very, very strong wheel.
I wasn't concerned about the blade portion. I'm not sure what makes a good spoke but comparing the DT alpine III to the aero spokes:

DT alpine III:
Spoke bend 2.34 mm
Narrowing 1.8 mm
Nipple 2 mm

DT new aero:
Spoke bend 2 mm
Narrowing -
Nipple 2 mm

DT aero speed:
Spoke bend 1.8 mm
Narrowing -
Nipple 1.8 mm

DT aerolite:
Spoke bend 2 mm
Narrowing -
Nipple 2mm
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The DT Alpine III spokes do not fit most road hubs. I know they fit Shimano XT but I don't think thry fit XTR.
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AC 420 with round spokes 210 lb weight limit

AC 420 with DT bladed spokes 225 lb weight limit.

The spoke ends are the same dia.
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I wasn't concerned about the blade portion. I'm not sure what makes a good spoke but comparing the DT alpine III to the aero spokes:

DT alpine III:
Spoke bend 2.34 mm
Narrowing 1.8 mm
Nipple 2 mm

DT new aero:
Spoke bend 2 mm
Narrowing -
Nipple 2 mm

DT aero speed:
Spoke bend 1.8 mm
Narrowing -
Nipple 1.8 mm

DT aerolite:
Spoke bend 2 mm
Narrowing -
Nipple 2mm
Yep, I see.
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