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Wheelbuilding: 32H Alfine or 36?

Old 11-23-08, 07:35 PM
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Wheelbuilding: 32H Alfine or 36?

So I've decided that I'm going to try my hand at wheelbuilding as I put together my project bicycle (the plan is an everyday/around town bike). I've noticed that the Alfine hub comes in 32 and 36 hole. Would a properly done 32 spoke build be enough for the rear, considering I weigh about 170 pounds? I'm not set on a rim yet but it will definitely be at least 17c. From what I have read, wheels built with internally geared hubs tend to be strong due to the large size of the hub itself (shorter spokes and bigger flange?).
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Old 11-23-08, 07:49 PM
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I suggest going 36H due to additional strength, stiffness, and reliability.
The very small downsides to 36H are cost and weight of four additional spokes & nipples.
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Old 11-23-08, 07:54 PM
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If it's a round-town bike that will be mostly traveling on paved roads, and you don't weigh 300 pounds, then a 32H build will be fine. But I'd go with 36H as conditions may change. Roads may get overgrown. And the nation's infrastructure might crash. So if you can (and the wheel could end up on a different bike), I'd suggest going with the stronger build that is 36H. As the previous poster said, it's just 4 more spokes. But it does increase the strength exponentially.
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Old 11-23-08, 08:18 PM
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Well it is more about sourcing an Alfine hub (for a good price), than weight. I'm all for 36 spokes - just wondering how much I will need the added strength.
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