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Originally Posted by brooklyn
I am 5'10 and weight about 185lbs. Will there be a big difference between 32 spoked wheel to a 36 spoked wheel. will the weight of the wheel be noticable? is there a big difference in durability?
Four spokes, or the lack of, won't win or lose you a race but those four spokes are one-eighth or one-ninth of the spokes that have to absorb the stresses and strains of the wheel.
Those spokes weigh about 4.5 grams each (4.5 paperclips) so the total for four is 18 grams. Take 18 paperclips in your hand (or 36) and ask yourself if this is the difference between 1st and 2nd place.
I'll take the potential wheel longevity over a couple of millimetres anyday. I might feel differently if I was a potential world champion.