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Old 10-06-19, 12:09 PM
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Broken Spoke

I need to replace a broken spoke on the rear wheel of my Giant Escape 0. Please tell me which one I need to buy - the rim is Giant S-X2.

Also, I will need to remove the cassette first so I need advice on the tools for this.

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Old 10-06-19, 12:17 PM
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I use a Park Tool FR-5 for removing Shimano cassettes. They have a good video on how to use it.
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You will also need a "chain whip" to hold the cogs stationary while you use the lock ring tool (the Park FR-5 as above) and a big wrench to unscrew the lockring.

As to which spoke to buy, take the wheel to a bike shop and have them match the broken one for diameter and length.
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Sometimes the rim labels or the company's spec lists have spoke length info. But also sometimes specs change w/o notice... Best advice is to remove a good spoke from the same side of the wheel and use it to match the replacement. Andy
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Old 10-06-19, 06:29 PM
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And buy a couple of extras while you are at it, they are not costly.
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I don't think Giant has spoke length data for all factory wheels--they do for the wheels they sell aftermarket. The easiest way to measure a spoke without removing it is to measure from the center of the bend to the end of the nipple, then add 12mm. The surest way is to remove a spoke on the same side of the wheel. Either way, if in doubt or if you can't match the spoke length exactly, err on the side of too long.
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Originally Posted by cpach View Post
I don't think Giant has spoke length data for all factory wheels--they do for the wheels they sell aftermarket. The easiest way to measure a spoke without removing it is to measure from the center of the bend to the end of the nipple, then add 12mm. The surest way is to remove a spoke on the same side of the wheel. Either way, if in doubt or if you can't match the spoke length exactly, err on the side of too long.
You know you can call Giant right?
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You know you can call Giant right?
Not here in Ireland - no number attainable.
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I should have mentioned that the spoke kindly snapped at the connection to the hub - see pic. I don't know if I've measured from the correct side of the J.

Also I'm thinking of this set for the removal of the cassette.

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Originally Posted by Gummomarx View Post
I should have mentioned that the spoke kindly snapped at the connection to the hub - see pic. I don't know if I've measured from the correct side of the J.

Also I'm thinking of this set for the removal of the cassette.

No. You measure to the inside of the bend.
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Old 10-07-19, 06:17 AM
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Using highly-sophisticated measuring tools, I'm getting 286mm.

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You know you can call Giant right?
As a mechanic at a Giant shop, I do. I would never waste the time when it's so easy to just measure a spoke. They are a pretty easy company to work with.
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That tool set has a freewheel removal tool, not a cassette removal tool.
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Originally Posted by cpach View Post
That tool set has a freewheel removal tool, not a cassette removal tool.
Here's their claim:

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As pictured they show a freewheel tool in a freewheel. Of course a lot of the Chinese listed auctions have crap descriptions. All the images are of a freewheel tool--I think they just messed up the written description.
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Got a set from Amazon - worked out well although I had to get a muscle man to move the wrench. I managed to true the wheel with some nifty improvisation.

Thanks everyone for your kind attention and knowledge.
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