Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Southern Florida
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I can only find one reference to broken spokes in relation to an AT450 rim, and not a single complaint in regards to the Trek 1.2 ever suffering such an issue.
Are you sure (and don't let your emotions get in the way of your answer - think it out calmly and rationally) that the cause of the accident (and the broken front spokes) might have been as a result of your son jamming the front brake on? How long has your son been riding bikes equipped with dual-pivot brakes or V-brakes?
Were there any branch or tube/pipe/object that might have jammed between the spokes and front fork nearby?
For that matter, you said you heard a loud sound, but did not specify what the sound was from, or when it happened. May I inquire as to whether the front tire remained inflated or was it deflated after the accident?
I find it most unusual that a whole series of spokes broke at once. One broken spoke alone would have bent out of the way and scratched the fork. It would take at the least, two or three spokes in strategic locations to jam up that front wheel. Seems to me that there is more here then meets the eye.
P.S.: I'm still leaning towards the idea that he slammed on the front brake too hard. It would be human nature for a 10 year old not to admit his fault in doing so for fear of being reprimanded (and for that matter, it is a rare person that will admit fault as opposed to blame a happening on someone else).
P.S. #2: The bike shop is not the place for you to vent your complaint about the product. Concern about it and warranty replacement components, yes, but if you have a beef with the product itself (remember, the bike shop does not manufacture those spokes or the wheel), your venue is www.trekbikes.com
Last edited by cudak888; 05-27-08 at 08:49 PM.