|Pseudo-Fred wheel question||Elefantino|
Oct 25, 2001 6:22 PM
|Upon closer inspection of my newly repaired and repainted steed, I noticed that one of the Rolf Vector Comp front spokes is cracked at the rim, and the spoke itself is decidedly non-straight. It looks OK from afar, but when you look at it closely it definitely has a couple of twists in it. This is the front wheel that had the nasty bout with the tree branch that resulted in my accident. |
The wheel itself looks OK and spins true (although I did have to tweak a few spokes. And I neither I nor the LBS noticed the crack in the spoke. As I said, it's hard to see). My first reaction is to, well, just replace the spoke, But could I have compromised the wheel with such a violent crash as I had, even if it doesn't appear so?
Maybe I'm just a worry wart or maybe I'm just obsessing because I can't get back on the road until January.
Ideas? FYI, I don't blame the LBS because I stood over them like a nervous parent as they put it together and took it home before they could road test it. I was on heavy Vicodin at the time, so I have an excuse.
|It's toast. Replace it.||Rusty McNasty|
Oct 26, 2001 4:05 AM
|Or maybe you want to experience a wheel failure at speed?? Cheaping out is a risky proposition.|
|The whole wheel, I assume? (nm)||Elefantino|
Oct 26, 2001 3:04 PM
|just a spoke||cyclopathic|
Oct 27, 2001 5:25 AM
|if rim isn't cracked
I've broken spokes on my mtb same way caught a branch
After I trued it spokes would be O'k for a few rides then
eventually break at J-joint.
When that happened nothing extra ordinary would follow, spoke bends and wouldn't have the same effect as branch
Zip tie, paper clip I carry is enough to fix it to get back.
This is conventional 32 spoke wheel. Rolf wheels have fewer spokes, so impact would be larger I suspect. Still hard to believe wheel would fall apart.
just replace the spoke to be on safe side and inspect rim good luck
|The solution ...||Elefantino|
Oct 27, 2001 7:48 PM
|Rim wasn't cracked. Just needed a new spoke. Then one of the wrenches at the LBS asked if I wanted to buy his almost-new Vector Comps for $200. I couldn't resist. |
I am now selling the Vectors, of course.