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What do I do with this wheel now?

Old 09-28-10, 04:58 PM
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What do I do with this wheel now?

So I had my wife take my bontrager select wheelset into the shop on her way to work to be trued. They have about 4,700 miles on them and the rear wheel was pretty bad. Before she took it in I didn't notice any cracking in the rear wheel but when she got back the shop owner told her that the rear wheel had a crack around one of the nipples. I don't think it was there before but whatever.

My question is, what do I do with this wheel now? Try to sell the hub or just junk the whole thing? I have no interest in keeping it and it wasn't an expensive wheel.
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buy a cheap rim and relace it.
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keep the hub for a DIY wheel project?
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Buy a fluid trainer to go with it!!
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If it's less than 5 years old, Bontrager should replace it under warranty. Take it to the shop where it was purchased, or another Bontrager dealer. You may need the receipt. They replaced one of my wheels after a crash, no questions asked.
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I had purchased the wheel on ebay last year for a budget build so getting it replaced under warranty won't happen unfortunately.

I considered getting a new rim and relacing it as suggested.

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Another vote for trainer duty.
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How bad is the crack? A small one doesn't cause immediate catastrophic explosion. You can ride on it for a while, perhaps quite a while. And when it fails, if the crack's at a spoke hole, it's likely that the affected spoke(s) will just detension and the wheel will come out of true.

If it's not worth rebuilding the wheel with new rim and spokes, you can keep it as a backup, use on the trainer, or put in the wheel truck/pits at races.
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Originally Posted by ericm979
How bad is the crack? A small one doesn't cause immediate catastrophic explosion. You can ride on it for a while, perhaps quite a while. And when it fails, if the crack's at a spoke hole, it's likely that the affected spoke(s) will just detension and the wheel will come out of true.

If it's not worth rebuilding the wheel with new rim and spokes, you can keep it as a backup, use on the trainer, or put in the wheel truck/pits at races.
The crack is pretty bad, it is all the way through the rim. It wouldn't be long before the spoke completely comes through. I am going to buy a new rim, it looks like the kinlin 300 is a strong rim and should do the job. I just bought a set of Soul 4.0's so these wheels will be my backup wheels anyways.
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The crack is pretty bad, it is all the way through the rim. It wouldn't be long before the spoke completely comes through. I am going to buy a new rim, it looks like the kinlin 300 is a strong rim and should do the job. I just bought a set of Soul 4.0's so these wheels will be my backup wheels anyways.
How about some pics of the soul 4.0s. I really like the Soul's 4s and 5s.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
How about some pics of the soul 4.0s. I really like the Soul's 4s and 5s.
The soul's are on there way now. According to the tracking info they are in customs now so I am hoping to have them within a week. I will definitely post pics as soon as I get them!
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Originally Posted by jks84
The soul's are on there way now. According to the tracking info they are in customs now so I am hoping to have them within a week. I will definitely post pics as soon as I get them!
this will help tide you over:
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Heavier rider and I had to squeeze 2000 out of mine, not even worth the effort of repair or warranty IMO. I knew the day I bought the bike I'd replace it very soon. Had a new wheel built before the wheel went sucky sucky.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist
this will help tide you over:
thanks.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist
this will help tide you over:
That should help! Beautiful bike by the way.
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