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Ritchey Wheel Woes(7 posts)

Ritchey Wheel WoesSSA
Jul 30, 2001 9:45 AM
Has anyone else had to send thier wheels back to Ritchey because of the bladed spokes breaking? How long did it take to get them back? According to my LBS, they've been seeing broken Ritchey brand spokes left and right. It's too bad, because other than the spoke breakage I really like the wheels. I'm tired of waiting for them to send me some new wheels however; it's been weeks upon weeks.
Spinergy Spox tooLC
Jul 30, 2001 7:13 PM
That is not the only wheels with unusual spokes to break often, the Spox seem to break too. Actually it's just the nipples, but the effect is the same. I really like my wheels too, but trying to find a replacement nipple is next to impossible, and if you do find one, the cost is really high because you have to buy a whole spoke with the nipple. The real strange thing is that the front breaks more often than the rear.
re: Ritchey Wheel WoesBeaver
Jul 31, 2001 11:54 AM
Oh don't tell me that. I just sent mine back in 2 weeks ago. The mechanic at my LBS was truing my front wheel when 2 spokes snapped. Now that I think about it, I should have gone with his alternative...scrap the bladed spokes and go for regular spokes. I may do that when the front wheel gets back. I too love the wheels, the hubs are fantastic, they roll forever.
re: Ritchey Wheel WoesSteve Braun
Jul 31, 2001 10:04 PM
A friend of mine broke a rear wheel spoke. He contacted Ritchey directly and was told they had a batch of bad spokes that went into their rear wheel production. They sent him a new wheel and let him keep the old one with the condition that he replace all the spokes before it was used again.
re: Ritchey Wheel WoesCrown Jewel
Aug 1, 2001 4:15 AM
Last year I picked up a pair of Ritchey WCS road wheels (thinking that the upgrade from the lower model was worth it). THe wheels were nothing but trouble, they would not hold their tension and would constantly be out of true. I finally had it when two rear spokes broke 1 mile from home. My bicycle was out if service for over four months, since a few times I sent the wheels to Ritchey to be re-trued/rebuilt.

Finally, they sent me a set with 32 spokes, ovalized as opposd to bladed. These lasted about 1 month, before the rear wheel buckled going uphill and I ended up falling down (going up hill). I was sick and severely annoyed at that time. In all fairness, Ritchey refunded me my purchase and I picked up another set of Ultegra/OPen Pro wheels.

THat is all the news that fits.

re: Ritchey Wheel Woesparagon web
Aug 2, 2001 10:46 AM
I had the same trouble from a rear wheel, After 500-600km, 3 spokes in 3 sucessive rides - all in less than 80km. All drive side. I spoke with Ritchey and Schwinn(it's a 2000 Peloton). Each blamed the other for the cheap spec'ing. Ritchey offered the free rebuild using better quality spokes. I just had to get it there. I live in Canada and heard the horror stories of wheels taking weeks and weeks to come back from CA, not to mention the $60++ shipping cost one way. Schwinn via Veltec offered to rebuild the wheel too. The tech I spoke with, Darren(good guy), builds most of the wheels for the Schwinn pros up here. He told me that these Aero Pro low spoke count wheels should have never been designed using bladed spokes. He built it up using DT double butted spokes. I got it back in less than a week and have had no problems since then. Not as slick as the bladed look, but a hell of a lot stronger.
re: Ritchey Wheel Woesparagon web
Aug 13, 2001 6:40 AM
As a follow-up. My front wheel has now started to pop spokes too. I've just spoken with Veltec and I'll be taking it for a rebuild using DT double butted spokes too. Hope this will end any problems finally. Great wheels, Crap spokes!!