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    No Cross, One Cross, Two Cross, Three Cross

    I'm sure opinions will vary widely and that's what I want. I want to build up a King ISO wheelset with Mavic XM 819 (New X3.1 Disc). I want to keep weight and maintenance to a minimum. I weigh around 180lbs and ride technical single track. I can't jump for crap so no hucking here.

    Question: What spoke cross patter would you recommend for front and rear wheel?

    Example: Front: one cross, Rear: two cross non-drive side, three cross drive side.

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    with discs you've got to have tangential spoking, the closer to 90 degree departure angle from the hub the better. i'd say go three cross all around, and use brass nipples.

    i run rim brakes on all my bikes, and i still build up all my wheels three cross. they may weigh a few grams more per wheeleset than if i used some funky lacing permutation, but they are bulletproof and ride great. far more important in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    I'm sure opinions will vary widely and that's what I want. I want to build up a King ISO wheelset with Mavic XM 819 (New X3.1 Disc). I want to keep weight and maintenance to a minimum. I weigh around 180lbs and ride technical single track. I can't jump for crap so no hucking here.

    Question: What spoke cross patter would you recommend for front and rear wheel?

    Example: Front: one cross, Rear: two cross non-drive side, three cross drive side.
    Disc brakes require crossed lacing to transmit the torque load. With 32 spokes use 3 cross. Alloy nipples work fine. If you really want to keep the weight down while maintaining strength use Sapim XC-Ray spokes. I have been using them on my disc wheels (with alloy nips) for 2 years without any issues.
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