I've read all the lists about cracked rims and that they mean that it needs to be replaced. So, I was curious on about how long, but I think I may have more than a simple crack. Here is a pic of the crack on the rear wheel. It seems I can't get wheels to last longer than 5,000 miles.
The wheel has about 3,500 - 4,500 miles on it. It is used mainly for commuting, some rec riding though. I guess I may ride too many railroad tracks too fast. I did hit a 1 1/2" steel pipe I didn't see. Maybe I need to ride more gingerly on these wheel. I have loved them, and I thought they were bomb proof.
So, I have a few Q's for the experts:
1) What is the likely cause(s), too many potholes, railroad tracks, bumpy roads, etc. too tight spoke, too heavy rider etc.
2) How long would you estimate b/f failure. (When failure occurs, will the wheel just sway back and forth, or will it be more serious that I wouldn't be able to stop.
3) How / if a warranty are normally available for Mavic wheels from Performance bike, (bought 2 yrs ago w/ 3,500 - 5,000 miles) for those that have experienced?
4) I just a bit worried, as I noticed that my stem is cracked as well, so I'm hoping that I don't have a 3rd thing to replace as well.