Sorry for reviving an old topic but I would like to clear up one thing with your help...
I've never ridden a low weight titanium spoked or low weight stainless steel spoked wheel so I can't say much on the perceived properties of any of them. (Currently on bitex + kinlin xr200 + dt comp 2.0 20/24h ~ 1320gr. I'm 64kg).
Looking at the tension graphs (Pillar homepage) though I can see that thin ss spokes and more common titanium spokes have a very long range of elasticity or elongation (or what the hell you call it). Some spokes reach their highest tension at 7 mm which by comparison to what we commonly call "reliable" spokes is many times larger. I believe common dt/sapim spokes reach their maximum tension at around 2.5-3mm.
Ok so here comes my question. Looking at the graphs on Pillars homepage both the PST14 standard titanium and the TiAero middle class titanium spoke can't rival the more common steel spokes BUT looking at pillars highest end titanium spoke, the X-Tra Lite Ti (also the lightest), it's graph quite resembles the graph of a good ss spoke. I'm looking at 250plus kgf at around 2.5mm elongation.
What do you think of this and is it fake?
Still the lightest extralite climbing wheels at like 785gr/set still seem to use ss spokes (pillar megalite? - which similarly to X-TraLiteTi also reaches high tension with low elongation, maybe because of the special alloy?)
Why do you think that is? Any input is appreciated!
Cheers and thank you for reading /a