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Old 07-23-09, 03:05 PM
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Wheel strength in reference to spoke number is all about the distance between spokes. As the circumference of the wheel increases, more spokes are needed to fill in that area. As you increase the distance between spokes, you have to increase the minimum required spoke tension on each spoke. Hence, more spokes = lower spoke tension = less stress on each spoke = less likelihood of spoke failure due to stress.
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