So this past february I got a new 26 inch wheel for my commuter. I figured I'd get something that can stand up to what I dish out to it and be reasonably priced. So I picked up a mavic at my LBS.
Since then I've put MAYBE 300 miles on that wheel and I've broken 5 spokes, replaced 4 of em (this last one I've not done anything yet since it happened yesterday) and had the wheel professionally re-tensioned and trued.
And still I've broken spokes.
After consulting my mechanic and Lenard Zinn's section in his road bike book on wheel building I've come up with 3 explainations as to why this may be.
1) Bad spokes
2) Machine built wheel not standing up to wear and tear
3) I'm doing too much to the wheel as it is. This theory doesn't bear out because I do just about the same amount of stress to the wheels on my roadie and they hold up.
here's the important info
Most of the spokes have broken on the non-drive side of the rear wheel. And all but one of the spokes that broke where tension (not static) spokes.
If anyone has suggestions of resources where I could learn about WHY this is happening and how to fix the problem. I'd appreciate it.
I figure I either have to replace the wheel or replace all the spokes. I'd prefer option 2 because then I can learn how to build a wheel (something I want to do anyway) and have an excuse to get a dishing tool.