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Old 07-26-05, 09:28 PM   #1
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Wheel problems

So I'm having wheel problems. I've broken four spokes on my rear wheel and warped my front wheel. the front seems to have an excuse though. I wrecked the hardest I have yet and the front didn't break a spoke just warped. I had to beat it into submission but it's quasi-ok now, but no spoke broke. On the back wheel however, I seem to be braking a spoke a ride recently. the first one was drive side, so I thought maybe it was weak where the chain gouged it from that whole derailler shredding incident, but the other three have been on the non-drive side, and three of them have been sheared at the nipple. I don't remember if the drive side one that broke was one of the three that sheared at the nipple or not, but still, it's getting a bit intolerable. I had rim brakes for three of the 4 broken spokes and just recently went to the bb7 disc's(paired up with the speed dial 7 levers, and the straight jackets, oh great scott they are buttery, I love them). So do you guys think I got some bunk wheels, or do I need to work on my skills. I do ride a hardtail and I've noticed that I miss a lot of stuff with my front wheel but just catch it with my back but I don't know if I do that any more than anyone else.
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Old 07-26-05, 09:43 PM   #2
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If you're only killing your rear wheel get a deemax in the rear. It's probably not your skills but just the things that you're doing. I know that my front wheel never takes a beating meanwhile my rear gets thrashed. You could also try and even out your wheels before you hit the ground.
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Not much help to ya, but I am having the same issue. They (at the LBS) suggested I upgrade to some Sun Rhyno Lites. I have an 05 Specialized Enduro 130 with some OEM Sun rim. I taco'd the front rim a couple of weeks ago, and when I went in to see what they could do for me they suggested the upgrade. They wanted me to go with some Mavic Crossland's, but those were only 28 spoke wheels. I didn't feel comfortable with that since I am 6'4", 230lbs (ding), and didn't think they would be beefy enough. Plus, I couldn't afford a full set of wheels at the time. I wish they would have suggested the upgrade route when I bought the bike.

I am currently running the stock wheel on the rear, with one missing spoke (broke, and didnt have my cassette tool with me so I could put in a new one), and the new Rhyno Lite on the front, both with stock hubs. I want to see how this rim does on the front, then will decide on the rear.
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Well I've already ordered some new wheels, so I was really hoping it wasn't my skill. Oh how I would love a deemax but I'm at no point in my life where I can invest that kind of cash in that kind of item. I got some mavic rims laced to xt hubs ordered. Also, I am doing strictly cross country with this bike and avoiding jumps. It's an 05 Tass, stock (of course). I am 6'2" 205 lb...

:edit: it was also suggested to me that I effectively rebuild my wheels, loosen all the spokes and then re-tension them so I know they are all evenly tensioned. This seems like a bad idea because I don't want to mess up a brand new set of wheels and I think dishing them for the disc brake will be difficult. Do you guys think it's worth doing?
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Old 07-27-05, 02:14 AM   #5
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I didn't feel comfortable with that since I am 6'4", 230lbs (ding), and didn't think they would be beefy enough. Plus, I couldn't afford a full set of wheels at the time. I wish they would have suggested the upgrade route when I bought the bike.

I am currently running the stock wheel on the rear, with one missing spoke (broke, and didnt have my cassette tool with me so I could put in a new one), and the new Rhyno Lite on the front, both with stock hubs. I want to see how this rim does on the front, then will decide on the rear.
I'm a bit heavier than you and I swear by my Rhynolites
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/120...-Lite-Rims.htm
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Rhyno lites definantly. And get good spoke tension during the build, you will be fine. There is no need to spend 500 dollars on Deemax wheels, as nice as they are
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Old 07-27-05, 09:05 PM   #7
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yeah, right now I plan on checking out what I already have ordered. If I don't like what I see though I will definitely get those rhynolites cause that's a great deal.
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Well i dont know which mavic rims you ordered but the XT hubs are great hubs, not prestigious and the next chris king, but reliable and well priced.
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Well i dont know which mavic rims you ordered but the XT hubs are great hubs, not prestigious and the next chris king, but reliable and well priced.
They have the prestige of the XT moniker which is decent. They are certainly reliable and well worth the cash. I'd still kill for a set of Kings though. <grumbles about roofing costs>
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http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/130...c-717-Rims.htm

these are basically what I got. My only hesitation to say these are exactly what I have is that mine are disc brake only while the picture here looks like it can do rim brakes too. They are SO much lighter than what I had (deore and wtb something or anothers) And they held up well today. Plus, they just look damn good.
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at 205 pounds I would reconsider riding on those rims. the 717's are great rims no doubt, but they are a light weight XC rim. Personally I would have gone with the link Raiyn gave you
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well like I said I already had them ordered...and now I've also already ridden on them, but now you got me worrried. I guess I need to start thinking lighter...

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well like I said I already had them ordered...and now I've also already ridden on them, but now you got me worrried. I guess I need to start thinking lighter...
I wouldn't worry about it. I can't even imagine what one could do to start shearing off spokes from just trail riding. I think there must have been something wrong with that wheel. The set you just bought is a pretty good set and if you plan to anything but freeride or jumping they should be great. I'm 200lbs and actually jump on my no name disk hubs and wtb rims with no problems, and I'm not a skilled jumper. BUt then again I'm upgrading them either way so if I bust one, no biggie.
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Nice wheelset you got there. I went with a set of those (XT/717 disc converted to tubeless though) as back up / mud riding / training wheels. For the price they are hard to beat.
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I'm 6'5" 220 lbs and I ride the XT/717. This has been a great wheelset for me so far (knock on wood), and I've been riding them for about 5 months. Obviously, they are machine built, so you should check the spoke tension pretty regularly for a while...they tend to loosen up when they've got my big tail riding around on them. I think you will be quite pleased with your new purchase.
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Excellent news. that is all very reassuring. I will definitely keep an eye on the tension.
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