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Velomax T3 Spokes(5 posts)

Velomax T3 SpokesOver-the-Hill
May 17, 2002 9:14 AM
What's the deal with twin-threaded spoke technology? Is this marketing hype or are these spokes really less likely to break? What about replacing a broken spoke -- is it a royal pain and do most local wrenches have expertise in working with Velomax wheels?

Comments from owners of Velomax wheels are especially welcome.
Bad experienceDMoore
May 17, 2002 10:13 AM
I've averaged close to 5K miles per year for the last 5 or 6 years. In that time I've only broken two spokes. One was on a very old pair of wheels when I hit a huge pothole. The other was on a brand new Velomax Orion rear wheel, while coasting downhill on a smooth road. Velomax rebuilt the wheel, but in less than 1000 miles the same wheel developed cracks at every drive side spoke hole. Needless to say, I'd recommend you stay away from them.
Surprisinglycurlybike
May 17, 2002 3:30 PM
I know dozens of people that have abused their Velomaxes terribly and have had no trouble. I have seen them survive hits that destroyed several regular wheels at the same place same paceline. Your results may vary.
The Velomax trickKerry
May 18, 2002 5:27 AM
I was skeptical about the double threaded spoke issue, but have been advised that "any good shop" has a spoke threader, for when they need to make special length spokes that they don't have in stock. To make a Velomax spoke, you simply cut a longer spoke and thread the cut end. I've not put this to the test since I don't ride these wheels, but assuming it is true, then it makes these wheels much more serviceable that the typical boutique wheel, which needs to go back to the service center for any spoke problem.
The Velomax trickJuanmoretime
May 19, 2002 3:56 AM
I own a set of Velomax Curcuit Comps. I love the heck out of these wheels. I don't have yet quite a thousand miles on them but to date, no broken spokes and they are still as true as the day I bought them. Do I like them and recommend them, yes. I don't care what wheel you purchase, some where some how someone will have had a bad experience with them. Anything that is mechanical will break down, it just a matter of when. A friend of mine bought a new 700 series BMW and the engine blew in less than 500 miles. It dropped a valve. Does this happen all the time, no. Does it happen, yes. Read the reviews and look at the ratings. You have to go with the averages and not the exeptions.