Ok, so, it was almost 80 degrees F when I left the office yesterday afternoon. I was looking forward to a ride just for fun on an evening when I didn't have to protect my ears, hands, or other body parts from the cold - but my bike was such a mess what with the accumulated sludge picked up from riding through recent snow and road salt, that I decided I should at least rinse the thing off before I go riding.
To my horror, during the rinse process, I discovered one area on the rear wheel where the aluminum around a spoke hole had cracked on the inner portion of the rim in both directions leading away from the spoke hole (cracks run with the circumference of the wheel). Additionally, on outer side of the rim is a half moon shaped breech that looks as though that entire area is about to literally separate from the rest of the wheel.
I canceled my plan for a fun ride and rode instead directly to my LBS.
He explained that such failures are not uncommon, that the wheel would be ok to ride until we figure out replacement options.
I am very disappointed in this wheel. It is from Mavick, OEM equipment on my Cannondale Cyclocross Disc purchased new in June of '05. I have ridden many a mile, but have not had any collisions that involved this wheel - wheel was still true, regularly tensioned. Why should I be experiencing this failure?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
I was ready to spring for a really expensive set of wheels (still am), but my disc brake setup imposes restrictions that make swapping out wheels more than a little complicated - this per my LBS. Bummer, they were really light, neat looking wheels.
Riding on a bum wheel for the moment.