Old 07-30-15, 07:08 AM
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@FBinNY: From reading many of your posts, I'm sure you know exactly what you are talking about. Otherwise, I wouldn't ask that you please elaborate on these two statements:

1. "wheel stiffness depends almost entirely on the total amount of steel, namely the cross section X the no. of spokes."


In Statement 1, you suggest that rim profile counts for little. I was hoping that my deep-V rims at least gave me some strength for their extra weight. (I recently hit a bump in the road and suffered a snake-bite puncture but no deformation of the rim. Could a flexier rim have saved the tube? Just speculating.)

In Statement 2, you suggest that I could loosen the tension on all (or even only some) spokes and it would have no effect on wheel stiffness. If I understand you correctly, this runs counter to everything I've read about wheel building. What am I missing?

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