All Mountain Bike Parts Descriptions
#11) Wheel Spokes
- The wheels web.
Available in wood (at one time), carbon
fiber, titanium, nickel plated steel, but mostly stainless
steel nowadays. These thin little sticks bind the
hub and rim together. The wheel could be built stiff
or flexible depending on the "cross" pattern
of the spokes. More crosses, provide a springier wheel,
better for heavy pack touring. A road bike would use
"radial, one, or two cross spoke patterns. This
makes it a harsher ride but when the wheels are stiff
they also hold turns and climb better.
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