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Old 04-11-19, 06:33 AM
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bakerjw
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Originally Posted by Jon T View Post
Ok guys. Thanks for all the input. I'm just gonna' do it to it. Triple-butted it will be. DT's are gonna' be expen$ive. Does any one have first-hand experience with Wheel Smith or Sapim spokes?
Jon
I just built 2 wheels using DTSwiss Alpine III triple butted spokes 13/15/14 for our tandem. PReviously it had 14ga Wheelsmith spokes. They cost $1.55 apiece and I needed 72 of them. DT Swiss recommends them for heavy riders AND tandems. You can't get much more abusive on wheelsets than with a tandem.

The 14gs spokes will likely work but IMHO the extra is worth it due to the fact that the J bend, where most breakage occurs, is 13ga

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