I quick note for a spoke test: just run your fingers across them like you are strumming a guitar. If you hear any spokes with excessively high or low tones, then you need to "level the load" with their neighboring spokes so that the rim stays true but the tension load is distributed properly. My CrossCurrent had a few poorly adjusted spokes that I needed to redistribute. Now I've been riding it since February without snapping a single one. (snip)
Amen to that! Say, is Juiced specifying stainless steel spokes? Stainless steel spokes cannot be as elastic and fatigue resistant as properly made carbon steel spokes. Being painted, there is no cosmetic difference between the two.
I am a long-time concert piano technician. We cannot use stainless steel for piano wire because it does not afford the requisite tensile strength. Piano wire must be tensioned to nearly its elastic limit. If we used stainless steel the piano wire would suffer indefinite elastic creep and spontaneously break in a few months or years, without the slightest advance warning. We have to use carbon steel for piano wire. This same steel still makes the strongest bike wheel spokes and always has.
Stainless steel is known to be unpredictable and therefore, inferior, when used in especially high-strain applications. Chords, strings if you will, of tensioned metal supporting a bicycle rider (the rider's weight hangs from the uppermost spokes) are constantly strained and re-strained. Fatigue eventually causes breakage if the strains are sufficiently great and sufficiently repeated. And where does that breakage usually occur?
Relatively equalized spoke tension tuned by the note-sound of the plucked spoke, so that all the spokes are fairly well strained but not over-strained, will go a long way to prevent spoke breakage, no matter the metal.
Lastly, it isn't that stainless is bad (it's not), it is just a possibly significant minus if the wheel construct (a hub motor in the rear) is especially stressful to its foreshortened and thus less elastic spokes and breakages are frequently reported.
In summary it may be stated that stainless steel offers a lustrous and corrosion-resistant finish with a trade off of reduced strength, reduced elasticity and reduced fatigue resistance. Horses for courses.