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Broken spoke after 100km. Now what?

Old 01-21-12, 08:14 AM
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Broken spoke after 100km. Now what?

I'm currently living in Spain for 6 months and bought a Pinarello while I'm here that I'll be shipping back when I go home. I wanted to upgrade the Campagnolo Khamsin wheels that came on it, and one of the wrenches at the LBS had a pair of Mavic Ksyrium Elites for sale. When he sold them to me, he said that they had about 1500km on them already.

I'll be returning later today to see if they'll replace the spoke for me and retension everything, but I was wondering if I should just try to get my money back and go with a different wheelset. What do you guys think?

For reference, I'm 215 pounds at 5'10", so not a featherweight, but I should be fine on many wheelsets.
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I can't answer your question. So I'll just welcome you back.
 
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Thanks Neil. I started checking the forums again about 4 months ago, but haven't had much to add. Even without posting, this place offers so much motivation to just go out and ride.
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It doesn't seem to me that a Ksyrium Elite should be having problems so soon, even if the rider does weigh 215lbs. I would wonder what happened to the wheel in the (supposed) 1500km before you bought it... If it were me, I'd want my money back. A more reasonable approach would be to let the shop fix the spoke and re-tension the entire wheel, with the understanding that if there are any further troubles you're going to come back extremely unhappy.
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Broken spokes happen. The wheels has miles on it, so you don't know it's history. Maybe it had a problem before, and the previous owner 'fixed' it, but didn't properly tension the spokes.

I'd take it back, have the shop replace the spoke, and retension both wheels. Personally, I'd be willing to pay for the service, but would be hoping (and might ask) if they'd be willing to give me a discount since I bought them from them and had problems so soon afterwards.
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Make sure you ask for their tension to be checked, and not just put back into true.
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I brought the bike in and they were nice enough to replace the spoke for free and retension the wheel. The person at the front said that if I had another problem in a few weeks that I could bring the wheels back in and return them. So, crisis averted pretty much. I <3 this shop.
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