Admittedly I don’t think it does anything and may even detract from the wheels overall strength but it does look pretty cool and not something I’ve seen before !!! Certainly is a novel approach (even though it has a traditional and somewhat forgotten basis) for pairing mismatched spoke count hubs to high spoke rims. Now wish I bought Dubrat’s 24 spoke Suntour hubs and matched them to 36h rims using some worn out cogs drilled to suit.
If you have an excess of spoke holes in your rims compared to your hubs doing this makes the wheel no weaker and can allow more even tensioning of the rim (Jobst Brant probably has something to say on the topic and possibly an FEA model)
I think i remember seeing some easton? wheelsets which had a central flange for MOAR aero with MOAR spokes similar look but central spokes actually attached to hub
The main reason any one should do any thing,
is because you can.
Is rad, is stupid is useless.
Blakey, it would have vertical adjustment of the rim but,
It would be on both sides of the wheel as the anchor poi t of the spoke is not fixed?
So adjusting a spoke at 12:00 would also affect the rim at 6:00?
Hehe … nobody said anything about functionality. In fact the opposite, which is why I titled this with Tie & Solder which is known to actually offer nothing either … but is just for looks/style/wank factor. The same can be said about Hetchins curly stays/forks, Flying Gate frames, split seat tubes … all of these things we now know don’t work but back in the day people use to get into, really believe in and sell as something better than the norm. From a historical perspective I think this is really, really cool and am glad that others are able to remember and share.
The same era bought us fixed wheel time trial bikes too !!!
The frame is an older one built by Kevin Sayles and he’s still knocking them out to this day. Pics starting from here … from Robert Freeman’s flickr.
Was more thinking whether I should cross the 4 centre spokes or whether that would be too sharp and angle/too much overlap with the sprocket and whether too few spokes in the centre would cause twist or be hard to tension evenly … or if radial would be a better option. The latter would make it a lot easier with regard to spoke length.
Funny that I can’t stand odd spoking patterns (crows foot ect) but something silly like this appeals to me.