16 spoke wheel

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Johnny Sunset aka Tom Sherman

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Don Barcode who? wrote:
> Hey guys I have this idea for a 16 spoke wheel Its just take a normal 32
> spoke wheel, and remove half the spokes. Will it work? Will the empty
> holes be a problem? thanks


This was done on the front wheels of some BikeE models. The wheels
worked fine, since 18 spokes are plenty for an ISO 305-mm wheel, since
there will be about the same length of rim between spokes as on a
36-spoke ISO 622-mm (700C) wheel. The front wheel also carried about 20
to 30% of the total weight.

Your problems will be due to too few spokes, not empty spoke holes, if
you try this on a larger rim. Note that boutique low spoke count wheels
generally have heavy rims to compensate for the lack of spokes.

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Don Barcode

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Hey guys I have this idea for a 16 spoke wheel Its just take a normal 32
spoke wheel, and remove half the spokes. Will it work? Will the empty
holes be a problem? thanks
 
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jim beam

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Don Barcode wrote:
> Hey guys I have this idea for a 16 spoke wheel Its just take a normal 32
> spoke wheel, and remove half the spokes. Will it work? Will the empty
> holes be a problem? thanks


depends on the rim. my shimano r540's come with 16 spokes front and
rear from factory. no problems under my lardy clydesdale ass. if it's
a deep section rim like mavic cxp33, should be fine. do /not/ try this
in a ma2. and do /not/ simply increase the spoke tension because the
spoke count is lower - it's a jobstian misconception that tension =
strength.
 
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Qui si parla Campagnolo

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On Jul 18, 6:26 am, Don Barcode <"@@@[email protected]@."@> wrote:
> Hey guys I have this idea for a 16 spoke wheel Its just take a normal 32
> spoke wheel, and remove half the spokes. Will it work? Will the empty
> holes be a problem? thanks


The holes won't be a problem but the lack of weight/heft of the rim
may make for an unreliable wheel. Don't try it in the rear and not the
front unless you are a fairly light rider. 16 spoke wheels come with
heavier/stronger rims to become more reliable.
 
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Ron Ruff

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On Jul 18, 6:26 am, Don Barcode <"@@@[email protected]@."@> wrote:
> Will the empty
> holes be a problem? thanks


No... you can cut up little pieces of electrical tape to cover the
holes if you like.
 
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DirtRoadie

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On Jul 18, 6:26 am, Don Barcode <"@@@[email protected]@."@> wrote:
> Hey guys I have this idea for a 16 spoke wheel Its just take a normal 32
> spoke wheel, and remove half the spokes. Will it work? Will the empty
> holes be a problem? thanks


Sure no problem. Just remove every other spoke. But if it's a rear
wheel be sure to keep the drive side spokes ;-)