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Originally Posted by Nightshade
Yes, you can but will they fit your wheel? The average spoke size is 14 ga or 12ga. !5 ga is really thin spokes. ( the higher the number the thinner the spoke. )
Your wheels are also 32 spoke per wheel which is not terrible but , at your weight, 36 spokes per wheel in a thinner spoke would be lots better.
Normal spoke size is 14 gauge. The most common butted spokes are 14 gauge (2.0mm) on the ends and 15 gauge (1.8mm) in the middle. 17 gauge (1.5mm) in the middle are really thin but plenty strong. 32 spokes should be plenty too for a tandem team or single rider with similar weight.
The big problem here is that the bike company made more money by not paying for hand labor or an expensive Holland Mechanics robot to stress relieve the wheels. Especially if those are straight 15 gauge spokes with less material in the elbows.
Replacing all the spokes and bringing the wheel to uniform high tension would probably work; but hedging your bets and using a deeper + stiffer rim, 14/15 gauge DT Competition spokes, and perhaps 36 hole hub would be more prudent.
Last edited by Drew Eckhardt; 07-25-11 at 05:01 PM.