Are you running 12gauge spokes in front?

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  1. rgvkid

    rgvkid New Member

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    Im building a custom frame with a degoverned 2.5 HF. Im running 24's and im going to run a 12 gauge chinese Heavy duty wheel in the rear with pirate sproket hub adapter. Im gonna run a disc brake up front but trying to save a few bucks. I can find 24" 14gauge freewheel hub wheels with cassettes at the swapmeet for $10. Or spend $50+ on a heavy duty wheel with a freewheel hub to mount the threaded disc adapter.
    Im not sure if I need a 12 gauge wheel up front or not. The bike is going to have suspension forks and fatty up front. Its not gonna be a curb jumper but more of a low pro cafe. Top speed maybe 30-35mph.

    Are you guys running 12 gauge on both wheels?
     
  2. The_Aleman

    The_Aleman New Member

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    I put over 100k miles on pedal bicycles with 14ga spokes. Granted, they weren't motorized, but those bicycles were jumped here and there.

    My first 3 MaBs had 14ga spokes. I never had any problems with them. My current bike has 12ga F and R, definitely overkill :D
     
  3. bairdco

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    i run 11g. just cause they're fat.

    14g should be alright. just watch out out for potholes.
     
  4. mapbike

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    Be sure the spokes are all tight, the wheel is running true/straight, this is the most important part of all spoke sizes but most important I would think on the smaller spoke dia. like the 14gauge.

    I have 14g. wheels front and rear on one of my MB's that has 1500+ miles on it now, it gets rode on several miles of rough dirt roads 90% of the time, never an issue.

    Bearings lubed well, bearings tensioned right, spokes tight, wheel running straight, you should be good to go.

    Peace, map
     
  5. rgvkid

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    Thanks Guys. For sure Im going to run the 12 gauge on the rear. With the money saved on the front wheel being 14gauge I can get the fatty Tires front and back.
     
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    Best wishes on that build rgvkid, hope it all works out great for ya.

    Peace, map
     
  7. 2door

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    If you're a member of "The 20mph Club' don't worry about spoke diameter. If you're prone to pot hole bashing and curb jumping you might want to consider upgrading to a heavier guage spoke. I've accurued thousands of miles with the slimmer spokes a never had one loosen or bend; and that's on Colorado's infamous rough roads. But then, I'm also a slow, methodical rider who seeks out smooth trails.
    Safety is always a good consideration. Do what you're comfortable with and then you can enjoy riding without worries.
    Tom
     
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    wayne z New Member

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    Another thing to consider, is that a 24" dia wheels are stronger that 26's.
     
  9. mapbike

    mapbike Active Member

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    Both wheels being equal this is true.....

    Very good point waynez..!


     
  10. rgvkid

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    I picked up a Taiwan 12spoke 24" HD yesterday with a coaster and wider rim for $4o. I thought the dude would give me a better deal but didn't budge. Im gonna remove the braking pads in the coaster and mount a Disc on the Jack Shaft. I'll be starting a build thread once I get the frame Jig setup.

    Thanks guys.
     

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