... If you think his experiment gave incorrect results, why don't you try to replicate it?
I don't have much of an opinion of triplet lacing because I have not tried it myself. What little I know from reading and talking to Troy Watson, an experienced wheel builder who built a lot of triplet laced wheels, about it is that it works best with a hub designed for it, one that has a very wide NDS flange spacing. The only aftermarket hub I know that was designed for triplet were the ones designed by Troy a few years back. They're no longer made and I don't remember the maker.
Hi eric, as have I posted earlier, it is the method not the results that I consider incorrect.. The results appear to be correct for a Static test.
As described the method used is a Static test and I believe that the method needs to be a Dynamic test, which of course is quite difficult to setup.
I believe that the spoke tension/detension cycle needs to be included in the test (which results from rim and hub flex due to lateral, radial, and torque forces) which means the testing method needs to be Dynamic..
A spoke tension/detension cycle will not occur during a Static test, especially not as it occurs while riding
The maths I have posted, at least for me, allows me to determine how laterally stiff any wheel build that I do will be ... so for me that is sufficient ( and I have shared it ... )
I prefer to work with some form of maths and SpokeCalc does not provide me with enough information.. The process was still a little too touchy/feely for me ...
I will now have a look at a formula for effective Torsional stiffness (Effective Torque Control) ... this process is still a little too touchy/feely for me ...
Re triplet lacing, I agree completely that it works best with a hub designed specifically for it (such as wide FTF spacing, etc), but that is also the case with traditional 12-12, 14-14,16-16 arrangements, and for any arrangement.. The best hub for a particular arrangement must always be determined (mathematically) and we do not always have the privilege to use the best hub ( or do we ) ... thanks KL