I'm having a wheel set built and I asked for a 3 cross pattern, but then the builder said he'd do a "4 cross pattern since the wheels will be used for loaded touring." The wheel set is being built with Shimano 105 hubs, Alex Adventurer rims, and double butted spoke. The wheels are 700c and 36 spokes.
From searching the forums I gather that the 4 cross pattern is better for disc brakes because of the high torque they create. But what about for rim (cantilever) brakes, that I will be using?
Are there any advantages or disadvantages to the 4 cross pattern? Which one should I go with?
Some people in the forums seem to thing that the 4 cross pattern can create problems. What do you think?
The wheels will be put on a vintage Nishiki Riviera frame.