Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

A wheel is...

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

A wheel is...

Old 01-05-07, 08:23 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Southern Oregon
Posts: 208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A wheel is...

Is a wheel really a wheel? I have toured a fair amount on 700c bikes but never on a 26" mountain bike, but the time has come. I have always used hand build 36h wheels on my bikes but will a 32h wheel be enough for a mountain bike on paved roads? I have a set of 32h wheels with LX hubs and Sun TL-18 rims lace with 14 ga. spokes. I weigh 200# and my gear weighs 35-40 pounds. I use front and back panniers. So what do you think?

Last edited by Supertick; 01-05-07 at 08:30 PM.
Supertick is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 08:43 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 16,771
Mentioned: 125 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1454 Post(s)
Liked 85 Times in 40 Posts
Quality of wheel, spokes, hubs and wheelbuilding expertise being equal, a 32H 26" should be the same as a 36H 700 wheel. Smaller diameter is claimed, wheel for wheel stronger. As pointed out on a thread in the Bicycle Mechanics forum, I have seen recumbent bikes with 20 spokes on their 20" front wheels equipped with disc brakes, and they fly at more than 80km/h downhill.
Rowan is offline  
Old 01-06-07, 06:32 AM
George Krpan
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Westlake Village, California
Posts: 1,708
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I've toured with 32 spoke mountain bike wheels and have had no problems. I more commonly used them for mountain biking. On the trail they take a tremendous thrashing yet I rarely have a problem. True, they don't have the weight on them like they do while touring but the rigors of the trail have got to be greater than the weight on the road. The beauty of it is the weight of the wheel. Mine are built with rims that are commonly used for racing yet nothing seems to faze them. I agree that quality of the wheel components and the quality of the build are factors.
GeoKrpan is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.