GTscoob wrote:Want a stiffer wheel? Run a stiffer rim and straight gauge spokes, or more spokes.
Tying and soldering is definitely something that gets you cool points from the bike nerds and looks great on show bikes but you also sacrifice the ability to change a spoke out when one breaks inevitably.
It was originally used on track bikes way-back-when components (like spokes) were crap and prone to breaking. Tying them together kept broken spokes from flopping around. There's no real reason to do it now, manufacturing and materials now allow for well built wheels to last pretty much forever, so long as you don't hit a tree and full speed on run one over at the trailhead or something like that.