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21" are virtually always 36 spoke just because of the diameter. Early XRs have 36 rear, later XRs and CRFs have 32. I believe it's because 32 spoke rims are easier to true up since every spoke has another pulling directly opposite instead of more angular with 36. 36 holers stay straight longer and are obviously stronger than 32. 32s don't take shock loads as well since they pull straighter at the hub center. Each spoke has less spring to it and is loaded heavier. I do wheels for a local bike shop. I've replaced many late XR and CRF spoke sets but very few early XRs. 19" CRF wheels self destruct fairly easily.

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You're assuming the diagram is going to accurately show the number of spokes???
I don't assume any such thing. The part number section shows how many of each spoke type (inner/outer) (and for all other multiple parts also). ๐Ÿ‘
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