Any place stock pair of 24" wheels with 20mm axel holes for tadpole trike?

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I've got a pair of 26" wheels on an elf velomobile right now, but I want to put fatter tires on so I need a pair of smaller 24" rims for better shock, since this trike has no suspension.
the hub is a 20mm axel with 110m length. Looked on USA and Chinese web sites and ebay and can't find a premade wheel this size. I guess 20mm axel's are rare?
I got a quote from a local bike place. and it was close to $700. I'm guessing these had to be laced manually is the reason.

Any leads for cheaper front tadpole wheels that have a 20mm axel and can accommodate some more robust wheels to give me some shock absorbance?
 
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I doubt they exist too. Lacing your own will consume less effort than searching for what you almost certainly won't find.
 
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ok, so I see the 20mmx110mm hubs on ebay are $35 each, recommendations to get rims and spokes online? checked bargainbasementbicycleparts and they do not have the fatter rims
 
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I have done a bit of research. The Sturmy Archer Drum brake front hubs use 6000 2RS bearings. If you replace those with thin ring 26x15x8 bearings, a 15mm shaft can be fitted. Of course, this also means you'll have to replace the bushings and lipseals.
Nothing insurmontable. And not even close to the 20mm axle you want.
 
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thanks for replies. There's got to be a usa seller of bicycle rims. It would probabaly cost $100 just to ship from Germany.Only usa vendor I found JBI is wholesale only and will not sell to me directly.
 
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I ordered and am waiting for a set of 20" rims from China (Ali Express), with 32 holes, since you can't actually find them anywhere else.
 
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