Hi people firstly I would like to say thanks for all the info that I have gleaned from here when first building my bike.
I am about to lay down some coin for a new set of wheels for my fixy. I was wondering why on most fixed geared bikes you see the front wheel typically has a 32h standard spoke pattern build.
Is it that a lower spoke count hub with a radial spoke pattern is not allowed for competition use ?
Is it a looks thing?
Is it a price thing?
edit:just wondering because I personally like the look of a radial front wheel. Looks clean and simple to me.
Radial is weaker so for the street 3x is the way to go. Radial I do agree does look good though. Just built up a bike for my girl with a radial front wheel. Pics to come. Unless your tricking or heavy radial should hold up just fine though.
So I take it you are buying, not building? If you are building a radial is far easier to build IMHO. For a start no crossed spokes makes it dead easy to lace, and the lack of crossed spokes also means you don’t have to worry about de-stressing spokes. As far as aesthetics are concerned I prefer matching lacing patterns, but that’s just my personal taste.
At this stage I was thinking of buying pre built wheels.
I have had a go at rebuilding a 27" wheel that I had cleaned up, first go was a disaster :roll: Abbotsford cycles have the wheels I want already made up for 450 bucks. I cant see myself beating that price just buying all the bits and building up myself. That said I’m not getting too excited and using phil wood hubs though.
Yep good point, I hadn’t thought of that. The heavy Radial spoke pattern does look sweet though.
Thanks P!N20, Sheldon always has good words of advice.
From my experiance when I broke a spoke on my Giant’s front wheel that is radially spoked the wheel became almost instantly unrideable. The extra 50 kays I did on it in that state didn’t do it much good… Maybe I have talked myself out of it :?
I ride radial on the front and radial on the rear off-side on all my bikes.
Onmy flip/flop hub and 3 cross on the drive Ive even flipped ( or flopped…?? ) it around and rode radial on the rear drive side for ages. I’m 100kgs and have never broken a spoke in over 10 yrs of riding / racing. I also ride a radial spoke 16h front wheel and is as strong as anything.
I had a mid 80’s 36H low flange Campy Record go, that I had buit radially into a 18H rim. Back then though, radial wasn’t common - more recently low flange hubs generally seem to have more meat around the spoke hole to accommodate radial lacing.
I replaced the hub with a late 90s low flange Campy Record laced the same, and it has survived the last 10 years fine.