Spoke count and lacing patterns

Explaination of our spoke lacing patterns we use on our wheel builds. We choose the best lacing pattern for the wheelsets we make here.

Disk brake wheels, including Traildog MTB and Map road-disk and Gecko gravel wheels with disk brakes placing more force through the hub cross pattern is necessary so we use 2 or 3 cross lacing depending on the hole count.

Rim brake wheels, the Lark and Mahi-Mahi  -We use radial lacing on most front wheels we build. On the rear we use 2 cross lacing for 24 and 28 hole wheels and 3 cross lacing for higher counts.

As standard all our wheels come with our recommended lacing patterns but as we can build our wheels to order please contact us if you prefer a different pattern.

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Three cross lacing - both sides


Three cross lacing side view


close up - three cross lacing on a 32 hole Miche Primato rear hub

Three cross lacing pattern, for strength and durability on both rim and disk brake wheels with 32 spokes. The spoke crosses three other spokes between the hub and the rim, spokes facing the centre of the hub cross over two spokes before going under the third spoke to the rim.

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Two cross both sides

JRA wheels Map road-disk 24 hole uses 2 cross lacing all-round
JRA wheels Map road-disk 24 hole uses 2 cross lacing all-round

JRA wheels Map road-disk 24 hole uses 2 cross lacing all-round

close-up of the same wheel, 2 cross lacing is used on most of our 24 and 28 hole builds.

Two cross lacing is very similar to 3 cross but we use it on 24 and 28 spoke count wheels. The spoke crosses 2 other spokes between the hub and the rim.

Choosing the right lacing pattern ensures that the spoke enters the rim at the correct angle without stressing the rim or the nipple.

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Radial lacing both sides

JRA Lark Light front wheel using radial lacing
JRA Lark Light front wheel using radial lacing with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and red nipples

JRA Lark Light front wheel using radial lacing
JRA Lark Light front wheel using radial lacing shown from three-quarter view

Radial lacing on both sides is for front rim brake wheels only as it does not transfer any braking or driving force from the hub to the rim. There is a small weight and aerodynamic advantage to be gained from using radial lacing as it has shorter and fewer spokes.