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Old 08-13-13, 12:07 PM   #1
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Snapped my first spoke :(

Like the title says, I snapped my first spoke ever on my ride home last night. Wheel was a 2 week old 32h Alex R450 with a Formula hub, came stock on my first road bike. Interesting part is, I was on the smoothest road of my route, freshly paved with nary a bump. I decided to try sprinting a few times just for fun, and on my second pull one of the rear drive side spokes went right at the hub. I had been hearing a bit of clicking coming from the back on my ride earlier, kinda wondering if that was the spoke starting to go.

I'm well into clyde territory (225 lbs) but I am legitimately surprised that a wheel that new with a good amount of spokes had one break so soon, especially since I've never broken a spoke on my 32h MTB wheels that get beaten on way more than my road wheels have ever been. Replaced the spoke for now, but contemplating picking up a 36h wheelset (http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0052_506872_-1). Any of you bigger fellas care to provide any insight/related experiences? Think it was just a freak accident, or should I really invest in some beefier wheels?
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Old 08-13-13, 12:14 PM   #2
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one, don't get freaked out ... I doubt it was an accident, but I also doubt it's something that's going to require an immediate investment in beefier wheels.

Two week old bike? Is this the Liberty 3 on your profile? If so, usually on a new bike you take it back to the shop for a quick once over after 100 miles or so. With a bikes direct bike you'd obviously have to pay for it, rather than have it included with a new purchase. Anyway, all that to say, you probably should have had it gone over by a mechanic after the first week or so.

In your shoes I'd take both wheels to a LBS, have them checked over and have the broken spoke replaced of course.

Then ride them.

At 225 I can't imagine your size is causing the issue.
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Of course his sze is causing the issue! Hes not some 145# waif. Having said that your wheels should be plenty durable even at 225. Find a good wheel builder near you to replace the spoke and retension the wheels for you (not just replace the spoke) and you should be able to carry on.
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It's a 32H wheel ... he's 225 ... come on. I'm 260-270 and I ride Fulcrum Racing 7s with a 20H rear wheel.

This isn't about the number of spokes, it's about the condition and maintenance of the wheel.
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Not to mention, I'm riding Alex AT450s 32H on my Kona Jake and I've not had a problem with the wheels, and I'm bigger than he is.
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It's a 32H wheel ... he's 225 ... come on. I'm 260-270 and I ride Fulcrum Racing 7s with a 20H rear wheel.

This isn't about the number of spokes, it's about the condition and maintenance of the wheel.
I agree that the wheel was likely poorly built. Something you'd never notice at 145 but the fix is the same in either case.
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Tension was probably off ir you're that light and still snapped a spoke. I'd give my LBS hell.
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one, don't get freaked out ... I doubt it was an accident, but I also doubt it's something that's going to require an immediate investment in beefier wheels.

Two week old bike? Is this the Liberty 3 on your profile? If so, usually on a new bike you take it back to the shop for a quick once over after 100 miles or so. With a bikes direct bike you'd obviously have to pay for it, rather than have it included with a new purchase. Anyway, all that to say, you probably should have had it gone over by a mechanic after the first week or so.

In your shoes I'd take both wheels to a LBS, have them checked over and have the broken spoke replaced of course.

Then ride them.

At 225 I can't imagine your size is causing the issue.
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I agree that the wheel was likely poorly built. Something you'd never notice at 145 but the fix is the same in either case.

It is the Liberty 3 in my profile, which I put together/set up myself. I've been adjusting everything and checking bolt torques as cables stretch and everything settles in. The wheels, however, I did take in to my LBS to get tensioned and trued properly when I first got them, and then brought them back to get them trued again a week later. When I took it to them and they replaced the spoke, they rechecked the tension as well. If they had tensioned the wheels when they were brand new, should this issue have been avoided?

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Tension was probably off ir you're that light and still snapped a spoke. I'd give my LBS hell.
I don't think anyone's ever called me light before
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Could have just been a defective spoke.

That said, I wouldn't worry terribly about one broken spoke. See how things shake out following this.
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That seems to be the best course of action, I just got a little alarmed cause it's never happened to me before, even with pretty hard riding. I'll ride em and see what happens.
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Time for a carbon fiber spoke
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One broken spoke is an accident. Two is a trend.
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Oh lord no, the wheel went way out of true right away.

On that note, I think it's becoming a trend. I had the rear wheel tension checked when I had the spoke replaced, and all was well for a week. Went on a ride with a friend today, and the same exact thing happened. We sprinted to try and catch a draft from a van, and a few seconds into my applying full power, a drive side spoke snapped right at the hub. Again, smooth road and I was still in the saddle. Those 36h wheels are looking like they may be worth a try, especially at 20% off. What to do....

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