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Old 05-31-05, 11:15 AM   #1
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Shimano WHR550 wheels

Has anybody out there got these wheels on their bike!! if so are you having trouble with spokes breaking.
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Old 05-31-05, 09:04 PM   #2
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I had a set on my allez elite and broke a rear spoke at about 200 miles, all smooth pavement rides
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Old 05-31-05, 09:23 PM   #3
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Old 05-31-05, 09:58 PM   #4
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i have these on my cdale r700, i've got 220 miles on em and i haven't had a spoke break. i weigh 127 lbs
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Old 06-01-05, 03:37 PM   #5
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I don't have them, but I did consider them before deciding on the Cane Creek Volos SS wheels. I'm relatively rough on my wheels, so having a spoke count of only 16/20 most likely won't do for my weight (usually between 170lbs and 175lbs) and the terrains I ride over (potholes, rail tracks, jumping up/down curbs, light off-roading, etc.) If you're a light rider and stick with relatively smooth terrain, you should be okay with those wheels.
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Old 06-01-05, 04:01 PM   #6
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Have them on my R700 as well, 175km on them so far over mostly smooth road. Have had to go over some rough stuff, but I try to keep that to a minimum and they've held up so far. I'm 5'7" and weigh 135lb
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Old 06-01-05, 07:32 PM   #7
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I haven't had any break [yet], but out of concern that the spokes are Shimano-proprietary and unlikely to be available at area LBSs should one fail while I'm out in the countryside on bike trips, I asked my LBS to order some stock parts (3 sets of 3 sizes of spokes, 2 sizes of nipples). It's been more than 6 months since I first asked--probably partly the sales staff not promptly ordering them, and supposedly Shimano is slow to make parts available for these wheels and sent the wrong color for one blade size for some reason--and I've only received 2 sizes of spokes and 1 size of nipples so far.

Tried a couple Shimano-authorized shops highly recommended in these forums, but they declined to help (perhaps due to small order, but the order will still be expensive).

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