Discussion in 'General Questions' started by KDC1956, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. KDC1956

    KDC1956 Member

    Is there any reason that I don't see a 144 spoke wheels for a motorbike?I want to use a 144 spoke rim 26"x2.125 so bad here I can see using one if you use a friction drive setup but not sure if it would work on the chain drive setup.:dunce:

  2. If I understand you right, you are speaking of radial spoked wheels. The basic rule of spoked wheels is, more spoke crossings adds axial and torsional (side to side and pedal/motor drive) strength as well as a softer ride. Less crossing and you have a rigid radial (up and down) strength i.e. harder ride and less torsional and axial strength. So the balance is 3 cross laced wheels.
    On radial spoked wheels all the spokes go straight out from the hub allowing the spokes to pivot (the hub can move independent of the rim more easilly). So when you accelerate, all the spokes are being pulled on from the hub; when you brake they are being pulled on from either end depending on the brakes being used. On a cross spoked wheel 1/2 of the spokes are being pushed and 1/2 pulled in either operation. In addition the spokes are angled toward/away from the forces so that the force is directed down/up the length of the spoke rather than at the nipple and butt (the ends).
    I have seen people use them on m/b's. It's possible that the sheer # of spokes adds enough strength, I don't know but radial spoked wheels are designed to look cool not for performance.
  3. KDC1956

    KDC1956 Member


    Well that help out here.Now I have to reorder wheels but thats ok by me.
    Just when you think you know it all it happens you learn again :)
    All I want is a strong wheel so my bike want fold up on me.

    A Big thanks for helping.