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Originally Posted by Tapeworm21
Obviously, the more spokes you have, the stronger the wheel will be... assuming the spoke tension is correct. If you're overweight or just a heavy dude, I'd recommend 36 spokes. The "typical" bike has 32 in the back at least. A radial laced wheel will typically have 28.
Every one assumes that a 32 spoke wheel or less if you have them , will be lighter. It will be but how much does a spoke weigh? The difference between a 32 and a 36 spoke wheel is negligible. When you start going to less spokes then you Have thicker spokes, so weight loss for less spokes is minimal again.
Exception comes about when you start looking at quality wheels and they are made with less spokes but lighter rims and lighter hubs contibute to the weight loss aswell. You do also have a problem in that although that quality wheel will be strong- break one spoke out of the 16 fitted and you have an unridable wheel till it is fixed. Lose one spoke on a 36 and although it may go out of true- you can still get home on the thing.
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