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Originally Posted by jgwilliams View Post
Interesting how things have moved on. My first proper bike came with tubular rims and was drilled for 32 spokes on the front and 40 on the rear. Rims back then were not that strong and I remember replacing them a few times in their lifetime. Now you're talking about 36 spokes for a strong wheel, and lightweight wheels will have far less and yet last far longer. I now have Ksyrium Elite wheels with a mere 18 spokes on the front and 20 on the rear. These have done at least 10,000 miles (I think its actually about twice that) and haven't even needed truing, even after a couple of moderate impacts.
I think that there's more to it than just counting spokes. you have to evaluate the wheel as a whole. I think that deeper section rims are the most significant factor in modern bicycle wheel engineering.
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