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Old 07-11-23, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by tcs
How "robust" we talkin' about? There are custom wheel shops that will build 48 triple-butted spoke wheels suitable for self-contained tandem touring. Definitively robust, kinda heavy, probably overkill.
A friend of mine built up exactly that kind of wheel, but I don't think it had the extra thick spokes at the spoke head. Someone donated a rear tandem hub to a bike charity, he found it in the used hubs bin. Removed some spacers off the axle and cut the axle shorter to fit into his 135mm frame. I do not recall what the rim is, but any rim that is available in 48 spoke holes should be really strong.

He did not need that strong a wheel, but he had bought the frame and was looking for parts to build up a touring bike, so when he saw something interesting, he used it.
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