d8veh wrote:Don't they use 12g spokes on motorcycles that run much higher stresses and rarely break?
If you run a spoke with double or triple the cross-section, then you need double or triple the tension to still get enough stretch displacement in the spoke system to make a wheel the distributes stress. Bicycle rim's simply pull the nipples clean through them before you can get the tension you require on bigger spokes.
Why do they break? When you don't have properly stretched spokes, load on the wheel is distributed over a very narrow area. You could view it like landing a big jump with your wheel being actually supported by 1-2spokes over a just a few eyelets on the rim. Of course they break frequently, or bulge the rim nipple area, or pull the nipple through, or best case just constantly loosen up and make an unreliable wheel.
A strong wheel is a wheel that distributes load. That means as the rim deforms a bit, it doesn't cause most of the spokes to become loose and carry no load, and cause a few places to carry all the load (which is what a stiff thick spoked low-stretch wheel does when loaded). If you want the strongest wheel, you want a wheel that has the most spokes constructively sharing load at a given moment, that means you need the spokes able to stretch or contract as the rim inevitably deforms but still carry something from each of them.
Likewise, you want your spoke butted, it's an absolute no brainer that a butted spoke is a stronger spoke, and a better performer at keeping a wheel together.
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