Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Breaking spokes:

Breaking a spoke is always problematic! 

Emergency repair of taping the spoke up out of the way and then riding on to a place where you can spend some time to replace the spoke or get to a bicycle shop.  All of my spoke breaks have been on the rear wheel.  The replacement and the gearing cluster makes it hard to replace.  Fortunately, in the past 10 years, and about 40,000 miles,  I have had two spoke break on my Surly Long Haul Trucker.  I did replace the factory wheel set at about 20,000 miles when I needed to replace the worn hubs.

With the Felt SportE, in the 1st 200 miles, of the factory build, I broke a spoke, replaced it myself,  then 300 miles later another spoke broke. I replaced that spoke and started to carry a couple spare spokes taped to the rear rack frame.   I was thinking the E-Bike has more stress on the spokes with addition power and weight...

The rule of thumb:  
If a third spoke breaks, it is time for a wheel rebuild.

At about 1,200 miles, I broke my 4th spoke on the rear wheel.
The LBS indicated what I had expected .... with Factory wheel builds, there is often a spoke break issue. I had my local LBS rebuild the wheel...

new high quality spokes and new high quality spoke nipples. They recommended using the same rim and hub. ...

 so far, 700 miles later, no issues.

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