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Old 09-12-07, 08:05 PM   #1
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2x front wheel for track only- buy new spokes?

Cross posted from Bicycle Mechanics, but you guys have track experience

I'm building some wheels strictly for the velodrome. For the front I have a Miche front hub and a 28h Velocity Fusion rim. The spokes I have were measured to be for a 2 cross wheel, because that's what the shop I bought the parts from reco'd (he's also seen two of the front wheels I've wrecked on the street or in crashes), but I'm not sure he knew these would never see street use, only the track.

Is it worth it to buy some new spokes (from Licktons, $13 for a box of 20) to lace radial or 1x instead, for the weight savings, aero factor (for the radial option) and 'proper'-ness and of cool factor of radial? I weigh about 170. 1x better than radial for the front?
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If your using regular rims and nothing super deep dish most mechanics, racers would recomend building 3x front and rear wheels. On a high flange hub the spokes line up to the closest tangent when laced 3cross. Alot of higher end track wheels are laced radial. In those cases the rim is more of a stiffening factor than a regular one and its just easier to lace it radialy. (Campy Pista/Shamal, Zipp 404)

Lacing a wheel radialy saves so little weight not even a climber would feel it, and a wind tunnel will tell you when its spinning its no more aerodynamic as cross 3 spokes. When using a regular rim and hub and its proven only to be ever so slighly more supple witch might lead to a little less sore hands at the end of a 200km ride.
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