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Crossmax XL, round or bladed Spokes?

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Crossmax XL, round or bladed Spokes, is there any differences, why is there two types...the bladed spokes looks way cool...
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XL's are round

From what I know, Crossmax XL's are round/thick spokes (made out of zircial (aluminum) or something like that). The SL's have the bladed spokes. The XL's are supposedly more heavy duty for trail riding, while the SL's are geared more to true XC.
jrobertson said:
Crossmax XL, round or bladed Spokes, is there any differences, why is there two types...the bladed spokes looks way cool...
Early XLs were flat blade; later are round. I think the change was made for 2003. I have a brand new 2002 (flat) XL front w/Mavic skewer available.
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