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Old 11-07-08, 11:00 AM   #1
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Another broken spoke thread...

Hi all,

Search is down so I'm sorry if this is a repeated thread. I was riding a century recently and broke a spoke on my rear wheel, drive side. The wheel is a Rol Volant - basically a lightweight, 24 spoke wheel with aero spokes. I was able to true the wheel and get to the next rest stop where a mechanic replaced the broken spoke with a new (round) spoke.

I was given spare spokes when I bought the wheels so I now want to install the matching spare. I've read plenty of threads about needing to retension the wheel if you are replacing several spokes. My question is... should I retension the entire wheel? Or just get the new spoke in there and even out the tension? I have all the tools, truing stand, tensiometer, etc. so I can redo the whole wheel if needed. I'm just not certain if that is necessary. Thanks in advance!
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just replace the one spoke and bring it up to tension. it depend on how much changing in tension of your other spokes you did when you re true the wheel after the break . it wouldn't hurt to check the tension on the rest and make what ever adjustment you have to do, since you do have all of the tools than are needed.
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Would also be a good idea to check the actual tension of all the spokes once you've replaced it with an aero one. Low spoke-count wheels typically have the spokes set to a higher-tension to carry the same load as a larger number of spokes. If they're too low, they'll fatigue faster and crack. If you break another spoke soon, best to replace all of them as they'll all eventually break one at a time until you've replaced them all anyway.
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