My own worst nightmare
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
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Post mortem thoughts? Equation hub
This is (was) an Equation (Alex) 20-spoke hub laced to an Alex 700c rim. About two miles out, heard a pop, felt the rear brake grab, thought I'd broken a drive-side spoke (again
). Well, I've got a spare spoke in the seatpost, and my hypercracker (cassette lockring tool) in the seat bag, chance to try it out. Pulled over, grabbed what I figured was the broken spoke, and the spoke was intact! WTF?!? Turns out the hub flange (stupid design, there's basically a separate flange for each spoke elbow) broke.
Obviously the hub is toast, and since these reduced-spoke-count wheels seem to bust spokes more frequently, rather than rebuilding I'm just gonna look for a decent 32-spoke conventional 3-cross wheel. I'm just wondering if anyone has any thoughts about what might have caused this, or what, if anything, could have been done. I'm not a big guy; 145-ish lb; I DO put a beam rack on it with (call me Fred) a laptop pannier occasionally, but I've ridden it with the laptop no more than about 40 miles, and besides, with my weight, that's still no more than about 165 lb.
The wheel is about 6 years old, and has probaby 5000 miles on it.
Last edited by madpogue; 09-12-10 at 07:14 PM.