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Old 03-21-18, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by 63rickert View Post

Broken spokes should not happen on a six speed with 32 or 36 spokes. It is a well braced wheel, fabulously well braced compared to a 130 wheel with 11 cassette sprockets. Wheels just weren't built as well in the 70s as they are now. Tension meters only arrived at the end of the period we are talking about and there was huge resistance to using them. Unless you were lucky enough to have a wheel by Ron or built your own and just had the touch, 70s wheels were pretty bad. It was not the fault of the OLD dimension. Consistently well built wheels are recent. 32 and 36 wheels are massively overbuilt and understressed when done well. As you must know, Ron built a lot of 12 spoke wheels that had decent service life. And 20 spoke rears built with 70s parts. Or in the case of 20 spoke Scheerens, parts that might have been 30s and definitely not newer than '66.
126 and 130 hubs have the same bracing angles and flange locations. That was the point of 130 - to add 2mm on the outside while the cassette allowed the low sprocket to be 2mm closer to the flange than a freewheel could get.
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