On 3-Apr-2003, "Jon Wilson" <[email protected]
> Does anyone have any experience of radial lacing on shimano hubs?
> I've just bought a pair of dura ace hubs, and I'm toying with the idea of radial lacing on the
> front and semi-radial on the rear.
None that's going to be of much use I fear. I know that Shimano advise you not to do this and that
it would invalidate any warranty on the hub. But you probably knew that already. I have also just
bought some Dura Ace hubs and Open Pro rims and did also toy with the idea of radial (or some other
unusual) lacing pattern. But the more I looked into it the more I realised that the 3X pattern
became the norm for a good reason. Radial is fashionable at the moment but 3X will give you a
strong, stiff wheel and thew weight penalty over radial lacing is next to nothing.
I did use black spokes and black rims so can't claim to be totally immune to fashion
ps. For some reason the holes on the drive side of my (rear) Dura Ace hub were smaller than on the
other side. Small enough that getting 2/1.8/2mm DT double butted spokes through was a struggle.
But I checked with a hub at the LBS and that was the same so I guess it is normal and once the
wheel is under tension the spokes seem to seat OK.