Re: [CR]Assymetrical lacings

(Example: Framebuilding:Brazing Technique)

Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2005 19:58:58 -0500
From: "John Thompson" <>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
Subject: Re: [CR]Assymetrical lacings
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Neill Currie wrote:
> Well, I guess it may have been, almost, beaten to death recently as to
> whether one can feel the difference in ride quality between 4 cross and
> 3 cross, or low versus high flange lacings. However, there's one
> question I have, and I am not sufficient of a mathematician/physicist to
> answer it for myself.
> To (possibly??) compensate for the difference between spoke tensions on
> rear wheels with (lots/some) dish, some people advocate lacing the drive
> side 4 cross and the non-drive, say, 2 cross. The question is: does this
> really provide a measurable compensation for the spoke tensions
> typically experienced versus the same wheel laced 3 cross each side, and
> if so, by how much does it compensate??

I had a commuter bike I build with a huge drum brake rear hub (now, sadly, stolen) with so large a flange that I had to use 2-cross spoking on both sides. I didn't notice any real difference except I folded more rear rims with that 2-cross pattern than any other wheels I've used.

John (
Appleton WI USA