I currently run a stock K1 Devil wheelset, and I find myself breaking spokes/nipples often. I’m a rather heavy rider (195 lbs), but I roll out of all my drops so I don’t think I put an excessive amount of stress on the wheel. Every time I replace a spoke I true the wheel, and re-true it after a few minutes.
I am currently running 13g spokes in my wheel, and my LBS does not stock spokes in that size. I asked why, and was told that 13g spokes are heavier than 14g spokes and weaker. I proceeded to ask how 14g spokes could possibly be stronger than 13g spokes and they said, in a rather dismissive way, that using 14g spokes means that one is using thicker nipples as well.
Does this hold true for unicycling? Could 14g spokes solve my problem? I noticed the only place I can buy 13g spokes online is Renegade. On UDC, they claim KH unicycles use 13g spokes but only seem to sell 14g spokes.
Yes this is true. KHU switched from 13g to 14g in April 2009 for this reason. “True” 13g nipples would be stronger, but the problem is that the spoke holes in a standard mtb rim are sized for 14g nipples, so in practice the available 13g nipples fit by using a thinner sidewall nipple.
Yes this is true. KHU switched from 13g to 14g in April 2009 for this reason. “True” 13g nipples would be stronger, but the problem is that the spoke holes in a standard mtb rim are sized for 14g nipples (e.g. would be too small for 13g nipples), so in practice the compatible 13g nipples are made to fit by using a thinner sidewall.
I use 14g KH spokes since July, and I’ve broken only 2 nipples but not in a “normal” ride, i fall over the uni with all my body,
flips,doubleflips,hicks, trey’s, 540’s, 720 attemps, lost of combos, a bit of trial n street, and no problem
i think they are the best option!!