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    Cracked me a wheel....

    Well, my brakes have gotten REALLY BAD lately.....I tried to tighten them, but just couldn't quite get them tight enough and it was getting to point where it was getting dangerous. I had to use my "Fred Flinstone brakes" to keep from going into middle of intersection last few commutes.

    I couldn't wait any longer, so I stopped at the Performance shop on the way home. The guy immediately diagnosed my brake pads were nearly gone (don't know why I didn't think to even look at that). Anyway, they were too busy to get to it for a few days, and I didn't want to wait.

    I coddled it back home and called one of the shops in the area that I like to see how quick they could do a tune up (long overdue anyway) including the brakes. They would only take a day, so I grabbed the bike to get it up there last night.

    The guy puts it up on the stand to give an inspection, and he cleans the rim of the back wheel while he's spinning it because its covered with commuting grime (especially since its been raining on/off a lot lately). As he gets it clean, he says, "do you know that you have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - 7 cracks in your rear wheel?".

    WHAT?!!?! No, I didn't. He showed me.

    So now I'm in for a tune up and a wheel too. I came back here last night...and read up in some of the wheel threads. I decided I'd like a "Mavic T520 silver" wheel and emailed the store's email. I'll have to double check on it this morning to make sure they got the email and we can make it happen.

    Anyway......just thought I'd share my pain. My $20 brake adjustment is now going to run closer to $200.
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    What did you have on there?

    I hear ya, I got one out of commission, another that should be, and another that I have to keep a close eye on. All rear wheels of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    What did you have on there?

    I hear ya, I got one out of commission, another that should be, and another that I have to keep a close eye on. All rear wheels of course.
    It was the stock wheels that came with the Trek 520. According to website they are "Bontrager Maverick rims".
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    Whoa - yeah those T520s should do the trick.

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    I'm pretty happy with the Mavic rim on my commuter (26" XC-717) and I hear a lot of good about all the Mavic rim choices out there for us big guys, so you should be fine with your new T520.

    When I get a new bike, I'm probably ditching the stock lightweight wheels (most bikes I'm looking at seem to stock Ritchey Protocols, which I've heard have problems) and go with a mid-weight strong wheel like the Aksium or Ksyrium Equipe.
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    Looks like the T520 is going to take too long to get and be more expensive than I want to spend right now. I'll probably go back to the stock Trek (bontrager) wheel and maybe consider getting a rocking wheel set in the next year or so.
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    What are you looking to spend? The Velocity Dyad is a heavy duty touring rim highly recommended if you're looking at 48 spokes. Throw that on a Shimano LX hub and you're looking at about 60+40+48+40 for a wheel that should be indestructible.

    Yes, I've been wheel shopping lately (check that De-evolution section in my sig for the threads I posted in the mechanics section if you want to track my research)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    What are you looking to spend? The Velocity Dyad is a heavy duty touring rim highly recommended if you're looking at 48 spokes. Throw that on a Shimano LX hub and you're looking at about 60+40+48+40 for a wheel that should be indestructible.

    Yes, I've been wheel shopping lately (check that De-evolution section in my sig for the threads I posted in the mechanics section if you want to track my research)
    That's about the same as the T520. It was that and the time involved.

    I think I'll get the simple replacement for now (after all it has lasted me 2 years already). Then plan on a full bullet proof wheel set in the future.

    That website you posted is the same one I got from the wheel thread where I found the T520 in the first place.
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    Bet the wheel was out of tru for a while and that wore out your brakes.

    If you do not put on any crazy milage then you can do a few things, I put on over 5000 a year.

    a) Just get a rear wheel for now, they take most of the pain while you ride. Then you have a spare.
    b) Get the old wheel re-built if the hubs are okay, see #1
    c) Always, inspect your bike.
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    If the brakes wear down you could have messed the rims, then you skull.

    Get the bike checked out in Late February, when the shops are slow.
    Clean your bike, it will save your life. Things like cracks also happen on frames.

    Hey, big guys put more stress on the wheels and frame.

    Good wheels will be your best investment, IF TAKEN CARE OF.

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    WOW! Were they cracks visible? I checked mine and they seemed ok. I am closing in on 7,000 on my stock Trek 7200 rims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (51) View Post
    WOW! Were they cracks visible? I checked mine and they seemed ok. I am closing in on 7,000 on my stock Trek 7200 rims.
    Yes...but they weren't big or gaping cracks or anything like that. They looked more like slight lines coming out from some of the spokes.
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    I got a set of Mavic A119 with LX hubs and they have been very good so far. Found them on eBay and the seller (Colorado LBS) was using the best offer option. I picked them up for $125.00, $140 delivered. Have run tires as small as 23's (conti's trainer tire) and as large as 35's. I typically run 28's and have about 600 miles on them so far. The rim has a 19MM width and the wheel was drilled for presta, but since I might run wider tires, I drilled them out to fit a schraeder and will just pop in a sleeve if I want to run smaller tires with presta.
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    Well....it's all over but the fat lady singing.

    LBS guy called back and said Trek was out of stock wheel (built). They only had the rims and he could get the rim and build it up. I thought....not much different than the T520s now.

    I told him I would go ahead and get the T520. He told me to order it and get it myself and he'd build/install.

    I found a set of them online from Rocky Mountain Cyclery (probably same one you got yours at Jaxgtr). I don't know about a "best offer" deal.....I wonder if I could have gotten them cheaper.

    I picked up a set, built with 40h/spokes per wheel for $274 ($304 after shipping).

    Now I have TWO T520 40 spoke wheels coming to put on...it may have cost a few, but now I know I'll be on SOLID wheels that will not break.
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    hey, better 300 bucks now than having to come visit you in the hospital
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    Wait - I'm confoosed. So you bought the set complete and hand built for $274? Or you bought the parts and after the bike shop is done building it'll cost you $274 not including tax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Well....it's all over but the fat lady singing.

    LBS guy called back and said Trek was out of stock wheel (built). They only had the rims and he could get the rim and build it up. I thought....not much different than the T520s now.

    I told him I would go ahead and get the T520. He told me to order it and get it myself and he'd build/install.

    I found a set of them online from Rocky Mountain Cyclery (probably same one you got yours at Jaxgtr). I don't know about a "best offer" deal.....I wonder if I could have gotten them cheaper.

    I picked up a set, built with 40h/spokes per wheel for $274 ($304 after shipping).

    Now I have TWO T520 40 spoke wheels coming to put on...it may have cost a few, but now I know I'll be on SOLID wheels that will not break.
    Yep, that's the guy, Rocky Mountain Cyclery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Wait - I'm confoosed. So you bought the set complete and hand built for $274? Or you bought the parts and after the bike shop is done building it'll cost you $274 not including tax?
    I bought a set, already built, from Rocky Mountain Cyclery for $274 through Ebay.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=200166206297
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    Wow - great deal!

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    OK...got the wheels today and ran them straight to the bike shop so they could get to work. They said I should have my bike back by tomorrow.

    Funny....I took them over still in the shipping box. As I was pulling them out, just before the mechanic came out, one of the bike shop guys was walking behind me and noticed the wheels as I pulled them out. He just immediately glanced and said something "whoa.....those are some serious wheels".
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    I bought a set of wheels from Rocky Mountain last year for my cyclocross bike, so far they have been rock solid.. I only had to true the rear wheel once so far.. Good people do deal with.. I bought the a319 w/ lx hubs..

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    Yea, that's a nice seller. I will probably buy a set of wheels from him for my son's bike. He like to jump stuff and the stock wheels are taking a beating. He has pretty good pricing. My A119 have been solid and just went over 800 miles on them tonight. Will be taking them to be tension checked and check true this week as some schmuck stole my wheel truing tool. Didn't take any of the 5 bikes in the garage, took the friggin' tool.
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    Yeah, so after reading all of these posts I discovered that my Bontrager Race rear wheel has a crack at every eyelet. Not good. I've asked for the opportunity to trade up on the warranty. We'll see how Trek responds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    Yeah, so after reading all of these posts I discovered that my Bontrager Race rear wheel has a crack at every eyelet. Not good. I've asked for the opportunity to trade up on the warranty. We'll see how Trek responds.
    Yep...that's basically how mine was. Not every eyelet though, but 7 of them. Mine was a stock Bontrager wheel too, but out of warranty by now (2 years old).
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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    Yeah, so after reading all of these posts I discovered that my Bontrager Race rear wheel has a crack at every eyelet. Not good. I've asked for the opportunity to trade up on the warranty. We'll see how Trek responds.
    If I am not mistaken, Bonty now offers a 5 year no questions asked kind of warranty. If you do trade up, go with the Race Lite model. They are a little stronger than the X Lites. I had a set of the race lites and they were great.
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    Yea!!! Bike is back up and running!!! I can ride, I can ride!!!
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