Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
Bikes: 86 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.
For the front-
You could just relace the wheel, using a good quality 14/15 double butted spoke.
The front only carries about 40% of the weight and isn't subject to the pedaling forces trying to "unwind" 1/2 the spokes.
Or even just have the spokes tensioned and it should be good.
For the rear, I'd build a new 36 spoke wheel.
Cheap Shimano hub. Adjust bearings and add more grease.
Get a FREE HUB- Much stronger-
See here why-
If you want to keep the cost down, I'd suggest a Sun Rims CR-18 in 36 holes. It's a good, solid "meat & potatoes" rim.
Peter White uses them for tandems!
NDS 14/15 double butted.
DS either 14 ga. straight of 14/15 DB.
The most important thing is the build quality. have someone build them that will keep the tension at the right amount and EVEN.
Last edited by Bill Kapaun; 08-18-13 at 03:08 PM.