Old 07-30-15, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by KJK View Post
I understand and agree with this totally.

I was just trying to break it down to the simplest form but I may have gone just a little too far. My main point was that spokes don't (for all practical purposes) support a load in compression.
They don't AT ALL for the simple reason that there's no mechanism for the rim to transfer in inward radial force to the spoke. Spokes can only contribute to the wheel's structure while in tension. Once the tension zeros out, any further deflection would simply push the nipple back into the rim.

Once you realize that the rim can't push the nipple, it helps redirect the mind to more real possibilities.
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