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Richey Aero Road Rear Wheel Spokes Broke...(7 posts)

Richey Aero Road Rear Wheel Spokes Broke...Bike Bum
Jan 8, 2002 10:00 PM
I just bought a new 2001 Specialized Allez Elite aweek ago last Saturday. This is my first real road bike after Mtn bikin' for the past 14 years. It's a great ride, But last Saturday I took it out for my first big mileage day on my new steed and 30 miles into the ride in the middle of nowhere I popped a spoke. Just "POP"!!! This bike only had 95 miles on it. Anyway I got the spoke replaced, Rode it to at lunch today and "POP", another broke on the opposite side of the wheel. That's at 130 miles...
I had heard Specialized had problems with their rear wheels blowing spokes on this model in 2000, but thought this was a different wheelset and the problem had been addressed. Has anyone else had this same experience? I'm having the bladed spokes replacement with standard spokes....
Combination of "stupid lite" and Specialized QC?cory
Jan 9, 2002 9:11 AM
I have an old Allez--about a '95--that broke spokes from the week I got it until I finally had the wheels rebuilt. A couple of friends have newer ones, one just a few months old, and also have had spoke troubles. There've been several posts here with the same problem. Having the wheels relaced with 14ga. Wheelsmith spokes fixed mine.
re: Richey Aero Road Rear Wheel Spokes Broke...Bro
Jan 9, 2002 10:09 AM
Return your bike to the shop and insist they rebuild your wheels with stronger spokes. I had the same problem on my 2000 specialized. After my second spoke break I was adamant about them rebuilding the wheels and they did.

re: Richey Aero Road Rear Wheel Spokes Broke...hikerryank
Jan 9, 2002 1:06 PM
I had the same thing happen on my Fuji. I had about 150 miles on it when mine went. I was told by the bike shop that it was a common problem with the wheels. I was told by another rider that I was close to the weight limit of them at a hefty 175 lbs. Richey sent me the replacement spoke for free and I haven't had a problem with them since. Good luck with yours.
Well, what about the Front?Bike Bum
Jan 9, 2002 1:31 PM
Should I be concerned with the front Wheel Spokes?....I'm 192lbs....if you had problems at 175, I'm in big trouble!! and I have a multi-day Ride coming up in two Weeks....
Well, what about the Front?hikerryank
Jan 10, 2002 6:18 AM
I'd take geof's advice. I had the bike shop do a once over on the front wheel while they replaced the spoke in the back. Since than I've put about 800 miles on them with no problems. As for the front, it has treated me really well. I hit a retaining wall at about 20 mph (don't ask, lets just call it lesson one of Nightriding 101) and just had to bring it to the shop for a quick check. Along with my miles increasing, winter has caused my weight to increase too. There is about 10 extra pounds on those poor wheels now. Take them to a bike shop that is good with wheels and you should be all set.
spoke tensiongeof
Jan 9, 2002 5:21 PM
Your wheels were not tensioned correctly. It the major reason for spoke breakage. Not the spoke type itself. Usually spokes break becuase they are UNDER tensioned, not over tensioned. The tighter the wheel the better it is. IMO. Unless the wheel crumbles there is no reason not to have high spoke tension.

When spokes get tensioned high they need a bit of special care so that they are not "wound" (twisted). If your hear pings and pangs from your wheelset the spokes are wound, and care was not taken to "stress" the wheel when completed. It's one of the things that separate a really good wheelset from a gee-wiz one...