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Replacing spoke - Mavic Flite Rear wheel

Old 04-01-17, 05:18 PM
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Replacing spoke - Mavic Flite Rear wheel

I twisted the spoke on my rear wheel bringing it down from the roof hangers and it seems that it pulled it out from the hub so it was loose, not pulled right out.

How do I fix that?

This wheel is circa 2000 as it was on my Millenial Divinci road bike
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Fix which, the spoke so loose that you don't remember a wheel issue when you hung up the bike or the other thing? Andy (Who's trying to say that this wheel likely has a problem beyond a loose spoke that got snagged.)


The short answer is to loosen the spoke nipple and reset the spoke head into the hub then retighten the nipple. But as I don't memorize specs on non standard stuff any longer my assumption could be wrong. But my assertion of a greater issue is likely spot on.
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Thnks Stewart,
I took the tire/tube/strap off and noticed something was rattling around inside and a couple of pieces fell out. They seem to be part of a cup (with a hole in the base) that the spoke tightener slipped through.

I wonder if it is as simple as replacing this metal cup? or is it more complicated?
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I suspect the "cup" is the internal to the rim spoke nipple reinforcement, or an eyelet by shot hand. It will need to be replaced in the location and orientation it was in before. If it is damaged it will need to be replaced.


One of the issues with this type (what I call a component wheel) of wheel is that it wasn't engineered to be serviceable with the same results as a common wheel is. These wheels work really well until they start to have spoke/rim issues. Then their unique rim/spoke design becomes a hindrance to easy and long term repair.


But then the manufacturers of these wheels really expect you'll be swayed by what's new and the greater promises the new stuff use in their ads. So why make a repair easy when the replacement is the real market goal. Andy
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What rim/wheel exactly is it that you have?
Mavic do have some with a screw-in "eyelet" holding the spoke nipple, which would kinda fit your description, and where cracking is a possibility I'd consider.
But AFAIK none of those need a rim strip, as those rims aren't drilled through.
Then there are rims with riveted eyelets.
A "double eyelet" would also kinda fit your description. But a nipple pulling through an eyelet would is quite rare on a well built wheel.
If caused by what you describe, it'd take a serious yank at the bike.


If indeed the nipple broke, a replacement nipple might be enough to get you on your way.


While Mavic are quite fond of proprietary spokes, the nipples IME can be replaced with generic ones.
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Thanks Andy. You're right in that it is not user friendly to repair. The bike is a 2000 and I've had many miles in much bad weather/salt and I used to drive it for probably 10 years on ice/snow/dirt covered roads in northern Canada where daytime highs of -25 C were normal and probably the coldest I drove it was about -34 C. It would take about 10 seconds to shift in those temps.

Thanks dabac,

The rim has a rim strip as the nipple is inserted into it and the eyelet is what broke. I haven't been able to fish out the eyelet completely yet.

Any thoughts on where would I be able to locate an eyelet like this?
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I just noticed that I hadn't told the end of the story

I got some small washers, ground them down a bit so they would fit into the rim hole where the regular eyelet fit in. Then I put them on the nipple and then screwed a spare spoke in the nipple and slipped it into the hole and then attached the regular spoke. Has worked perfectly but the other eyelets are occassionally breaking. Same repair.

The whell works so well that I am loathe to replace it.
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