Tom Ace writes:
>> The large spoke incident angles at some of the spoke ***s often
>> cause failures. Consider this auction as a rim rather than a
> The spoke angles and lengths in this pattern are the same as in a
> conventional 36 spoke 3x wheel. Are you suggesting using 2x
It's the spoke pattern and a large flange that give the angle. I
don't believe the wheel was built while improving the spoke line,
which is useful even with small flange hubs.
> I've been using a front wheel in this pattern (with a large flange
> hub and an MA-2 rim) for the past ten years (I don't have a mile
> count) and it's held up fine.
That can occur, but there is a greater load on the flanges from the
grouping and one-sided spoke exit among the groups.
> Conventional 3x is of course more stable and durable, I use this
> pattern just for the fun of it.
I see no benefit in artsy spoke patterns. This one puts more stress
on the flanges as they emerge, one sided in groups of three. It seems
these are 2.0-1.8 swaged spoke that seem to fir the hub holes closely.
In that way it probably isn't the worst combination, but knowing how
flange failures occur and how badly a wheel warps, I prefer to use
conventional crossed spoking on small flange hubs.