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20 spoke wheels - 8,000 miles still in tune - 235 pounds

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20 spoke wheels - 8,000 miles still in tune - 235 pounds

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Old 08-05-12, 01:40 PM
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20 spoke wheels - 8,000 miles still in tune - 235 pounds

I thought I might make a preemptive post to answer the repeated question about spoke count / lighter weight wheels and we clydes (not WEE Clydes!)

I purchased Mavic Aksium 20 spoke wheels in August 2009. Those wheels are 800 grams/front and 935 grams/rear and have bladed spokes. I ride a Specialized Roubaix triple and weigh between 215 and 238 pounds depending on time of year and where I am riding. I do a fair amount of climbing and usually get over 15,000' per month so the rear wheels does see some torque. I use Continental Gatorskin 23c tires and am now on my third rear tire and 2nd front tire.

Last week, after over 8,000 miles of riding, I took the wheels back to the LBS where I purchased them for a checkup and tuning. The mechanic put the wheels in the truing stand and found them to be in near perfect shape and hardly needed to make an adjustment.

I ride a lot on rough country roads and have done over 200 miles on gravel and hard packed dirt with those wheels.

I am very pleased with my Aksium 20 spoke wheels!
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I've got a set of Fulcrum Racing 7s, I think they're 20 front and 24 rear. Mine have very worn brake tracks, which means they're survived their low spoke counts, even under a hill-loving Clyde.
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Shush you two!! Don't you know that low spoke count wheels and carbon frames explode when ridden by clydes?
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shush you two!! Don't you know that low spoke count wheels and carbon frames asplode when ridden by clydes?
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