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Old 07-30-12, 12:13 PM   #1
jeffy1021
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Mu P8 rear wheel / rim replacement

I was about to replace the rear brake pads on my 5 year old Dahon Mu P8 and noticed that the rim would touch the pad at one spot. Upon further examination, I saw that a spoke had broken at its head? (the part that connects to the hub). The bike probably has a few thousand miles on it and I am a relatively light rider at about 145# / 66kg. Unfortunately, I have no idea how long its been broken or how many miles Ive been riding on it which leads me to my next question:

Should I just have my LBS replace the spoke? How do I know if the wheel is still good?

If I need a new wheel, I see that I can just buy a new Kinetix Comp rear wheel for around $100 and just install my existing cassette on it. Alternatively, should I use the opportunity to get something completely different built for me (different rim, hub, spokes, etc)? Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 07-30-12, 03:55 PM   #2
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Just replace the spoke. If it happens 2 more times (3 total) replace the wheel or rebuild the wheel with new spokes. Roger
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