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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-24-10, 02:06 PM   #1
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A Question or Two

Hi everyone! First post but I've been lurking for a while. I apologize if I'm posting these in the wrong place.

Does Trek's warranty cover broken spokes? The bike is a bit over three months old and this is my second broken spoke. The LBS told me not to worry about it the first time but I don't think it was related to the warranty.

I'm looking at a 2004 trek 2100. More details on the parts can be found at http://lincoln.craigslist.org/bik/1851574678.html . My weight is between 220-230 on any given day. Would this bike hold up under me?

Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 07-24-10, 02:29 PM   #2
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What are you riding? Or more importantly what wheels are you riding on? Spoke count? My experience with popping spokes is once it starts, it a trail of problems. I've been down this road a few times. I could be jumping the gun, but chances are you will be looking at upgrading the wheel in the future. Hand built wheels are the way I go anymore. To answer your first question, everything on the bike should be covered for the first year.
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What are you riding? Or more importantly what wheels are you riding on? Spoke count? My experience with popping spokes is once it starts, it a trail of problems. I've been down this road a few times. I could be jumping the gun, but chances are you will be looking at upgrading the wheel in the future. Hand built wheels are the way I go anymore. To answer your first question, everything on the bike should be covered for the first year.
I'm riding a Trek 7.2 FX http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/bike_path/fx/72fx/ 32 spokes.
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I don't understand your question. Did you buy a new bike? Or the 2004 from craigslist? They probably won't fix broken spokes under warranty on a 6 yr old bike you bought used.
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I don't understand your question. Did you buy a new bike? Or the 2004 from craigslist? They probably won't fix broken spokes under warranty on a 6 yr old bike you bought used.
I currently own a Trek 7.2 FX purchased ~3 months ago. The 2100 came up on CL and I wanted to try and verify I won't break it if I test ride it.
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The Trek 2100 will hold up under you just fine. Trek's weight limit is at least 275-300.
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I had a very similar experience. I bought a Trek 7000. Started having trouble with back wheel. Wheel was repaired a few times. Finally, I bought a Sun CR18 36 spoke replacement wheel (shop said it would be the best option for me). The wheel was crap. Broke spokes one after another. Got fed up & sold bike. Bought a Trek 1000 (used) with 32 spoke Vueletta wheels. After 1 month same thing. Tired of the attitude & lack of satisfaction from the shop I was dealing with, I searched around. Had a shop (now the shop I solely deal with) hand build CXP33 on the stock hub. Never had another issue. They have built me 3 0r 4 wheels since then and I have nothing but praise about their work & demeanor. -By the way, I weigh 230.
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Here's the procedure for anyone our weight and up when we buy an new bicycle. Ride the thing as is for a hundred miles or so then take the bike in to a competent wheel builder and have the wheel retensioned. Then have the tension checked periodically after that. If done properly you should have many thousands of trouble free miles. Once you start breaking spokes it's too late. You've stressed the rest of them and as mentioned above it's just a matter of time before you start breaking more. You might as well have the wheel relaced at that point. If you buy the used bike have the rear wheel gone through by a competent wheel builder and it should be fine if it wasn't abused before you got it.
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OP, I went through a similar circumstance when I returned to riding earlier this year. I bought a Raleigh hybrid, and after a month or so I broke my first spoke two spokes. The LBS replaced them, and re-trued the wheel. On a trip to relatives, I broke another spoke. At this point I went back to the LBS and asked for a wheel replacement under the bike warranty. They replaced the wheel and it's been fine since then.

I'd certainly go back to your shop and ask for a new wheel. They knew your size when they sold you the bike, and if the wheel doesn't support you, then they shouldn't have any issue with replacing it.

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