So, the wheelset that is getting raffled off to one lucky person (pre-order your copy today, the raffle is open until the 12th) is a three-cross, double laced beauty. This simply means each spoke crosses three other spokes as they approach the rim and is more or less woven around its neighbors. You’ll read all about it in issue five.
I’ve built a couple sets of wheels this way, and they’re solid. I’ve built one set thinking I was doing it again, but instead I built it four-cross and triple laced. I was curious as to why this set felt different while I was building them. It was a lot of weaving, but the end result is fantastic I think:
The technique detailed in issue five is not a pain to build at all and the completed set look just as pretty.