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Old 07-09-13, 01:39 PM
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New bike, new wheel one spoke nipple very hard to turn

I have been going over a new bicycle to make sure everything is mechanically sound before riding it. I have run into one problem- the rear wheel, a WTB SX24 26" disc mountain bike wheel has one spoke nipple on the cassette side that is much harder to turn than the rest. I've already evened up the tension and trued the front wheel with a Park tension meter and was doing the same with the rear until this nipple. I backed off it's tension and lubed it with Boeshield T9 but when I get back near to the tension of the other drive side spokes it becomes extremely hard to turn. I'll remove the cassette and take the spoke and nipple to my LBS if necessary but I'd rather not resort to that. The spokes and rim are black anodized if that matters.
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I don't know what other option you think would be available, but if the tension is the same as others and the nipple is harder to turn even when lubed then there has to be a problem with the nipple or spoke threads and it should be replaced.
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I was hoping it was the anodizing or some other factor I was unaware of. Well, thank you for the advice.
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tried penetrating oil , ? Alloy nips? or brass?
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Brass nipples- I hadn't tried penetrating oil because I backed off the spoke and the Boeshield made it to it's threads. I always use T•9 on nipples in case a bicycle gets winter use to protect the rim's eyelet from street brine.
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Originally Posted by coastRbrake View Post
I have been going over a new bicycle to make sure everything is mechanically sound before riding it. I have run into one problem- the rear wheel, a WTB SX24 26" disc mountain bike wheel has one spoke nipple on the cassette side that is much harder to turn than the rest. I've already evened up the tension and trued the front wheel with a Park tension meter and was doing the same with the rear until this nipple. I backed off it's tension and lubed it with Boeshield T•9 but when I get back near to the tension of the other drive side spokes it becomes extremely hard to turn.
You might be running out of threads on the spoke because it's longer than the rest. I'd pull the rim tape and see where the end is relative to the nipple slot compared to its neighbors.

If length isn't a problem you you might have problems with the spoke or nipple threads. Try swapping that nipple with another.

If that fixes the problem get a new nipple that works with the same sized spoke wrench. If not get a new spoke.
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
You might be running out of threads on the spoke because it's longer than the rest. I'd pull the rim tape and see where the end is relative to the nipple slot compared to its neighbors.

If length isn't a problem you you might have problems with the spoke or nipple threads. Try swapping that nipple with another.

If that fixes the problem get a new nipple that works with the same sized spoke wrench. If not get a new spoke.
What Drew said...

...it's not rare for bulk spokes to have a miss-threaded spoke on occasion. Really irritating when it happens...

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I'm going to remove the tire and tape to get the nipple out (double wall rim) and see if either part's threads are bad or incorrect in length. There's something seriously wrong when you have to apply ten times the torque on one spoke compared to it's neighbors at the same tension. Thanks everyone!
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Well, turn all the others 1/2+ turn loose, take off the tension, then check it, if it's tight for a reason, the reason will show
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