I am concerned about strength of my current wheel set, which is a set of 2008 Mavic Crossride wheels. Each of these wheels are laced to a heavy rim (that has a large cross section) with 24 straight bladed stainless steel spokes. That means 12 drive side spokes in the rear wheel are carrying the majority of my 200 pound weight. My old wheel set had Shimano M756 hubs and Mavic 223 rims laced together with 32 DT Swiss Champion spokes in each wheel. I temporarily retired these wheels because the rear hub’s drive side cone and lock nut constantly worked its way loose and last summer finally pitted the free-hub cup. Replacing the cone, free-hub, the ball bearings and axle for $50.00 is not the issues that is preventing me from using these wheels--it is the narrow rims and the hassle of constantly retightening the cone and lock-nut on the rear M756 hub. Up until this year I have been riding on 26 x 2.0 tires, which fit in the 223 rims, however this year I bought 26 x 2.2 tires and really like the extra cushion and traction they provide over the 2.0 tires. 2.2 tires are too wide for the 223 rims so that is why I am riding on my Crossride wheels because the rims are wide enough to accommodate 2.3 wide tires. How much stronger are the 223 wheels with 32 spokes (16 effective spokes supporting the rear dished wheel) than the Crossrides with 24 spokes in each wheel?