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    Bigbarneyc
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    Continuos spoke breaking

    Help,
    Have two wheel sets one for Summer bike and one for winter bike. Last season the spokes on the summer bike started to break rear wheel non drive side i must of broke at least 6 at the end of the season.
    The winter bike rear wheel has now stsrted the same thing .Two weeks ago broke two on the non drive side rear wheel . Now today another one on the same wheel same side. Any suggestions gladly welcomed cant put up with this.
    Barneyc

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    You need a new bike supcom's Avatar
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    Have your wheels rebuilt with all new spokes.

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    your wheels are haunted. get an exorcist, or it will spread its evil to your hubs, chain, nd eventually to the bottom bracket and headset.

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    It may be time for a new wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supcom View Post
    Have your wheels rebuilt with all new spokes.
    That's what I would recommend at this point too.

    You didn't mention where your wheelsets have come from but it sounds to me like they need a little more spoke tension. That's usually the case when non-drive spokes break.

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    Yeah, where did this wheel come from?
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    Uneven spoke tension, sho nuf. Get a tensionmeter on that sucker.

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    Thanks for the replys all.
    Wheels are
    1 Mavic prorace complete with durace hub
    2 Mavic prorace complete with 105 hubs
    Also durace set on Litespeed avior summer bike
    105 set on Specialized winter bike
    Both wheel sets are only 18 months old

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    When you have a repeated pattern of breakage like that, it is a clear sign that the wheel assembly needs to be rebuilt. Those are nice components so don't cheap out on the spokes. Get Wheelsmith or DT Swiss double butted and most certainly get them properly tensioned. Uniform and sufficient tension are the keys to longevity. If these wheels are not very old or have seen less than a few thousand miles, they most likely were not properly tensioned in the first place. Non drive side is usually the first indication since these are the lowest tension spokes on the bike and thus see the most flex at the elbow. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that all 6 broke at the elbow.
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    Continuos spoke breaking

    Hi Blamp 28

    Thanks for the reply

    J

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    Continuos spoke breaking

    Hi Blamp 28

    Thanks for the reply

    Just collected the winter wheel on Saturday got it completely rebuild with Swiss spokes not double butted though. But assured by the builder that these are good spokes.
    He also stated that the original spokes which were double butted where of bad quality.
    Anyway took the winter bike out for a 65 mile run on Sunday plenty of hills so out of the sadle alot and guess what not one broken spoke.
    Have left the summer wheel in for the same treatment and hopefully it will be spoke breaking free cycling this year.
    By the way you were 100 percent correct the spokes broke at the elbow.

    Thanks again
    Barney

    J

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