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    Preference for 15g spokes?

    Is it inviting trouble to use 15g spokes? I'm a light rider, probably between 150 and 160 pounds and I've never broken a spoke with the 14 gauge I've been using. Anyone here opt for 15g? I figure I could save a bit of weight, at least on the Brompton front wheel given that it has a higher spoke count than Dahon opt for. Or perhaps it's inviting trouble?

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    The Brompton superlight front wheel uses butted spokes, so there is little weight advantage in using 15G spokes there. You can use 15G spokes on the rear but I would use spoke washers to partially compensate for the oversize spokeholes in the hub that allow for 13G spokes.

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    You could get custom rolled thread .. use a 14/15 14 spoke , DT wheel smith, etc..
    shortening it will lose the original thread butt, and so it will be a single butt 14/15 spoke..
    when you are done.
    DT Alpine, is a 13-15-14, so cutting those short, rolling new threads in ,
    gives you a 13-15 spoke..
    FWIW , Brompton Rear are 12 gage.. they still break if not kept tensioned..

    Bike Friday Tikit builds around a 24 hole hub, same sort of 74mm width, 349 rim

    So you could buy one of those wheels..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 08-28-11 at 09:28 AM.

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    How much weight would you really save? Not worth the loss in strength IMHO. Then again I have never been too concerned about weight- most of my rides are vintage steel topping out at 45-50lbs. Even my folder is 30+ lbs and I tip the scales at 225lbs - jeez, my bikes and I need to go on a diet!
    1955 Green 3 Speed Schwinn Tiger
    1962 Red 3 Speed Schwinn Corvette
    1969 Red 5 Speed Schwinn Stingray Fastback
    1972 Campus Green 5 Speed Schwinn Suburban
    1976 Lime Green 10 Speed Schwinn Custom Varsity
    1979 Red Schwinn Spitfire 5
    1979 Brushed Steel Schwinn Suburban Fixie
    1994 Iron Horse Grey 21 Speed
    1997 Gary Fisher Red 24 Speed HKEK
    2010 Downtube 9 Silver
    2011 Citizen Blue Tokyo 6 Speed Folder

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