Bicycle Mechanics - Specialized spoke problems
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10-25-10, 10:52 PM
I bought a Specialized Roubaix Expert in April. It has Revelo wheels. Since buying the bike, I have ridden 1000 miles and have broken 4 spokes on the rear wheel. The Specialized dealer replaced the first two spokes and when I broke 2 spokes on the next ride, he replaced the wheel. After 2 more rides totalling less than 50 miles, I broke a spoke on the new wheel. I am 62 years old and ride very conservatively. No jumps, no curbs no bumps. Anyone else having problems like this?
Hello jeffwaters, welcome to Bike Forums.
I'm moving this from Introductions to Bicycle Mechanics. Regarding your spoke problems, sounds like a LOT of bad luck, seeing that the wheel was replaced already. Usually a new wheel needs to be checked after a couple of hundred kms, but yours didn't even last long enough for that. I'd take it back to the shop again.
--Juha, a Forum Mod
Spoke breakage, other than the occasional instance of bad luck, is an indicator that something is seriously wrong. Under normal circumstance you should be able to enjoy thousands of miles without breaking a single spoke.
I couldn't find anything about the wheels online, so I don't know enough to comment. It's possible that there was a bad production lot, or that the wheels are underbuilt for your weight (which you didn't mention) or simply that the wheels are poorly built with inadequate or uneven tension.
Have the shop replace the spoke, and completely retension and re-align the wheel. Also check with Specialized to see whether they're aware of a problem. If these wheels are low spoke count competition style wheels, you might try to negotiate a swap for a pair of conventional 32 spoke wheels, built with 14g double butted spokes, which if built well should last you for years without any problems of any kind.
BTW- The post assumes that the wheels themselves are problematic, but that isn't necessarily the case. Other factors like rider weight or riding style are also factors. Other than giving you a few possibilities to consider, I don't think we can solve this on a forum. Visit the shop and have a frank discussion about the problem, and see if they can help you determine the probable cause so it can be addressed.
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