The wheel is a complex system consisting of several components that require perfect optimization, alignment and assembly to achieve a sustainable whole.
Weight and riding
For example, a heavier rider generally would not use CX-Rays but a stiffer spoke, or would need to have more spokes in the wheel. The spoke’s stiffness is directly proportional to its weight: the heavier it is, the less it will stretch and the stiffer the wheel will be. As a result, the Aerolite and CX-Ray spokes have the same stiffness as Revolution spokes (since they’re the same weight) and not as stiff as the heavier competition, Champion or Single butted spoke.
Also, some riders require more lateral stiffness than others, depending on their riding style.
In other words, the riders weight and riding style have to be considered building a wheel.
Rear wheels have a disparity in
Both conditions contribute to premature spoke breakage.
The tables below give an idea of spoking types for different types of wheels:
|Light Race Wheels|
|Front||Laser, CX-Ray, CNAero 424, Mach1 Air|
|Rear Cassette side||Sapim Race
|Rear Cassette side||Plain Gauge|
|Race or Training Wheels|
|Rear Cassette side||DT Champion, or Mach1 Steel Plus|
||Sapim Race or Mach1 Pro|
|Heavy Duty Touring Wheels|
|Front||Plain Gauge or Double Butted|
|Rear Cassette side||S.B. or DT Alpina III|
||Sapim Race or DT Swiss Competition|
All of these spoke patterns serve the following purposes: using different spokes on each side of the rear wheel allows working with higher spoke tensions on the non-drive side. This makes a more durable and stiffer rear wheel and
After the first ride on my
Unfortunately, many companies are now touting the virtues of speed, and
If you read the fine print in the manuals that come with these wheels they will say they are a lightweight,
Consequently, these wheels hold up better under racing conditions and should not be used for training or everyday use. Get a pair of
handbuilt 32 or 36 spoke count standard wire wheels and you will have far fewer problems. Maintenance is also cheaper on standard spoked wheels.
Weight of the Wheels1
Grams are boring. I’ve been hearing about grams for years, too many years, in fact. And I’m tired of it. The number of grams that a particular wheel weighs is of no interest to me. And if you ride a bike rather than think about bikes and obsess over bikes and bicycle components, you’ll quickly grow weary of grams too. So please, when calling or emailing about wheels, don’t ask me how many grams it will weigh. I don’t know, and I don’t care. A wheel weighs what it has to in order to serve its purpose. The hub weighs what it has to, as do the spokes, and the rims. A racing rim doesn’t need to be as tough as a tandem touring rim, and so it weighs
If you want to buy a wheel from someone who weighs them beforehand, I’m sure you can find someone out there who will make you happy. It’s a big world full of lots of people with loads of time on their hands to obsess over grams. I’m not one of them.
I will discuss how much you weigh, and what purpose your wheels will
And the total difference in mass of various racing wheels is such a small percentage of a rider’s weight as to be meaningless.
You either trust me to build you a suitable wheel for your purpose, or you don’t.
 Peter White Cycles