I have a set of late 80's or early 90's Mavic 501 hubs laced to Open 4 CD's with Titanium spokes (maker unknown) in prime condition. I inherited these as part of a recent deal - these suckers are light.
Problem is, both the front and rear are 28H and for the first time in my life, I'm breaking spokes on the rear. I'm 6', 160 lbs and the rear is laced 3X.
I'm wondering if this is caused by the titanium spokes themselves being so old or is it just a matter of not enough spokes for my body...or both. I usually go with 32.
I like these wheels and I'm wondering if they are worthy of a rebuild with a different spoke - maybe a Sapim? Or should I pawn them off onto a 125 pound flyweight?