Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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No, if the wheel was properly built with good quality spokes, they should outlast the rim.
Except for a mid-80's bike with low-quality spokes (which lasted 8000+ miles anyway), I've never had a DT or Wheelsmith spoke break before the rim wore out from brake track abraison.