Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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I assume that the Puggsley and similar fat-tire bikes are aimed at the same market as other mountain bikes, meaning "average" size people. The fat tires are intended for flotation on soft ground or snow, not for heavy loads, and can be run at fairly low pressure. Keep in mind that wider softer tires mean more rolling resistance.
There are conventional-size rims available with higher spoke counts, mainly used on tandems. If the wide rims used on those fat tires are not available in higher spoke counts, you may find stronger wheels available in conventional sizes.
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