I am about to build a new wheel around my Amped geared hub motor (36 hole). It came on a 700C rim (29er), but I'm converting it to a 26" unit for a different bike.
FIrst off, the existing wheel came with 12 gauge spokes. It appears that 12 gauge spokes are quite rare, as are rims designed to handle them. Does anyone see an issue with going to 14 gauge spokes? 14 gauge is not uncommon on heavy-duty downhill bikes, even with only 32 spokes, so I can't imagine it would be an issue here. If anyone feels otherwise, please chime in.
Spoke length. SInce the motor is considerably larger than most standard hubs, does anyone know how long the spokes should be? I could certainly make a rough measurement, but I'm not exactly sure from what points I should measure.
thanks for your input!