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Old 02-21-10, 01:31 PM   #1
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Rusted Spokes After a Year

I bought a relatively cheap rear wheel for my wife's bike about a year ago ($42 at the LBS), and some of the spokes have started corroding, with one totally covered with brown rust. Should I bother complaining, or is that what I should expect with a wheel at that price?
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Unless it has Stainless Steel spokes specced on the description- You bought a bummer.

But $42!!!!!!!! I would have expected it to explode or fall apart before the spokes went rusty.
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Agreed. $42 is a cheap wheel and you got what you paid for.

Around here, stainless-steel straight-gauge spokes sell for $1 each, double-butted for $1.50. Times 32 spokes, you see there's not much leftover for hub, hoop and labor. So you have cheaper, plain steel spokes, which will rust.

Meanwhile, take a Brillo to the rust, then get a coat of wax on them. Not a cure, but better than nuthin'.
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