My 2007 Trek Portland has about 2500 miles on it, mostly recreational road riding and some commuting. I weigh 180 lbs. I've always enjoyed the bike but have been highly suspicious of the stock Bontrager wheels. The paired spoke design seemed silly for their intended purpose and the wheels area also rather heavy. During a tune-up tonight my fears where confirmed. One of spokes had pulled through the rim completely. Further inspection revealed several significant cracks at other eyelets. The rim is shot. The front rim does not appear to have major cracks yet, but I am not impressed. Sturdy and dependable wheels are key, especially for commuting. Does anyone know if there is a chance in hell of this being a warranty item? Not worthwhile I suppose if they replace with the same terrible rims! The bike is a few years old but the miles are low and everything else is in good condition so it's worth a new wheelset one way or the other.
The best option I can think of right now is replacing these with a set build on those 130mm novatech hubs. If anyone knows of a better solution please let me know