Google is a funny place, and in this case at least, offers possible insight into some people’s ability to spell. An image search result for ‘spoke’ turned up more than one photo of this guy.
But I did find what I was looking for in the end and I have returned to you, far-more-educated reader, for some more advice.
But first, here’s what’s up with the build. I’ve now got the brake levers on, plus the chain, the saddle, and have even managed to thread the shifter cables. Only the brake cables left, then some fiddling with torque tensions and groupset adjustments, and I’ll be ready for the road.
‘Highly illogical’, you are saying to yourself. You don’t have a set of wheels yet (the one in the photo above is from the Bianchi). You are right, of course, and that’s why I’m coming back to you. I need help with my spoke count.
If I do get a wheelset before putting the Colnago on the road (I’m still in negotiations with my banker), I will probably go with a custom-built pair of aluminum ‘hoops’ with Chris King R45 hubs. I’ve been in contact with a bunch of people about this and there seem to be two main spoke counts floating about these days: 20/24 and 24/28. Most wheel builders have recommended 24/28 to me based on what I have told them about my riding, but I know riders heavier than me who have 20/24 and have no issues to speak of.
In the end it’s not a big deal. As one builder told me recently, the difference is 36 grams, and in his opinion I’d be getting a stiffer, more durable wheel with the 24/28. I am leaning this way, but I wonder if any of you have any insight that may sway me one way or another?
It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.
–SPOCK, Star Trek: The Original Series, “Errand of Mercy”