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Aero spokes on 32h wheels - overkill or worthwhile?

Old 10-13-13, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by bikepro
What you say is true; however, the same is true of all spokes. The difference is, with a round spoke you can't see the twist. Thus, if you don't stress relieve the spokes before riding, you'll hear a lot of "pinging" as the wheel goes out of true. With bladed/aero spokes, you can use a tool to hold the spoke while turning the nipple. If you keep the spokes aligned, very little, if any, stress relieving is necessary.
Without some sort of marker you can't see the twist but I can usually feel it. However, since I am not perfect, I have taken to marking the outward facing side of my round spokes with a black or silver Sharpie depending on spoke color. This is now my visual twist reference. Others use post-it notes or tape which I tried but found distracting. Either way, it's possible to build a wheel with 1.5mm center section spokes and never have any pinging during stress relieving or first use as windup is 100% preventable.
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Originally Posted by dbg
Simple PVC pipe with hacksaw cut slit.
Dang... Great idea! Thanks for sharing...
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Twisted spokes? I never have any. Before tension gets high enough to twist a spoke I hold each spoke with pliers while turning the nipples.
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Originally Posted by achoo
November Bicycles did wind tunnel testing of a bunch of wheels a while back:


Note that they compared two wheels that were identical except for one having standard spokes and one having Sapim CX-Ray aero spokes. (CX-Rays are much the same as DT Aero spokes...)

I haven't found the results yet, but I remember that the aero spokes saved all of one watt.

1W at 30 MPH although it depends on wind angle.

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