Thank you all for the info. Definitely helps me make a better decision.
Skyway uses the H spoke design on the 24s instead of the t spoke. This should make the wheel a little stiffer. There is supposed to be a release of the 24 Graphite series wheel this year. They will be much stiffer. They will probably also be expensive.
Well, the newer ones should stiffer than the ooooold ones I had around 20 years ago. New ones have an h cross section to the spokes and the old one had a cross shep. I still would run them.
They are heavy and sluggish compared to spokes. And for some reason I could never get the sidepull brakes to work very wee on mine. I did however run them on a few 20" ers back in the day and liked those. They are also a lot wider in the braking surface and you have to open your brakes up quite a bit compared to alloys.
MAAAAAAAN... I remember when I first posted up about goin back to mags and I got FLAMED! Now it's the shiz. Well, should say it's GOING to be. I see a new generation forthcoming. And everyone's starting to run brakeless everywhere anyway, so no biggie there. I rode flatland on mags, I don't remember bitchin too much. That was also pre-48 spoke wheels, though...so I didn't really know anything better! Where'd all that balance go....
I have put in about 15 good DJ sessions on the Skyways and I think they are an excellent deal for the $100 I paid.
They are a little heavier than spokes, but due to the relatively small size of the wheel, it doesn't slow the bike down much. I only noticed it a little the first time I rode.
The 24s are not too flexy. They will flex if you hit them hard from the side, but they pop right back. As Bryan said, the H spoke design on the 24s seems to have a lot more side to side support than the 20s.
No brake problems. Some old timer told me the trick is to never use new pads. Scrub em on concrete or something to break the surface.
These things are tough. My buddy 360d onto the front wheel super hard and twisted his fork about 10 degrees and the wheel was not affected at all.
I used to rock some 20" Skyways so many years ago, I remember they were heavy, but forgiving on tough landings. Also you used to be able to buy Skyway brand brake pads specially for them which were not too terrible.
Nah, Eater hit it right on the nuggets. Scuff the faces. Hey, just for fun you gotta soak down the brake surface in Coke! It actually worked really well...until the first alley.
ANYONE know what the weight difference will be between the graphites and the composite/plastics? Hell, I don't even know what they are right now..what the hell ARE Tuffs made out of? To be honest..I think I always thought they WERE graphite. I'm confused now...