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Broken spoke on a Ksyrium(9 posts)

Broken spoke on a KsyriumPaul
Mar 28, 2002 4:38 AM
My friend who weights about 200 lbs broke a spoke on a Ksyrium rear wheel on the drive side. The spoke broke at the nipple, and the wheel was so out of round, he couldn't ride it. The wheels had only 1,200 miles on them, and so are still under warranty. He's the only person i know who has broken a spoke on a ksyrium. I've had a set for 2 years with no problems.

This hi technology scares me at times, I can repair a 32 spoke wheel while riding, but if one of these low spoke count, hi tech wheels go, well......

Last week, he broke a Dura Ace left shifter. He was shifting up to tthe large chain ring, and the shifter wouldn't return.

He also broke a Merlin Extra Light at the BB after 35,000 miles. He got a new frame from them at no cost.

This guy just amazes me.
Don't know what's so amazing about itColnagoFE
Mar 28, 2002 7:11 AM
He sounds like a large powerful rider riding lightweight stuff. No wonder he breaks it.
Totally disagree,g-money
Mar 28, 2002 11:25 PM
I'm a "big" powerful rider and don't break anything. I think it's all in the technique, and feel on the bike. I know skinny little guys who break chains because of lame shifting, cross-chaining etc. I think the issue is a complete lack of finesse and skill, not neccessarily size...

My $0.02....
I'ts okay to call small guys skinny butJS
Mar 29, 2002 10:36 AM
fat asses don't like to be called fat, it's "powerful". Unless you are over 6'2" you should not weigh over 200lbs. "skinny is normal in 90% of the world, only in heart attack America is it looked down on.
The Other Viewgrzy
Mar 29, 2002 11:46 AM
Well that's part of it, but there is a segment of the population skinny or not who seem to be able to destroy all sorts of things. I count myslef in this group - I'm actually pretty skilled and coordinated, but I push things to the limit and with my engineering backgroound I'm pretty good at lining up all the forces and saving my body. To be sure the failures I experince are less of the fatigue type and more along the lines of "hit tree", "smacked pothole at 47 mph", and "jumped by deer 50 yds from driveway". I secretly laugh as I pass all the people who hold back and baby everything (hey, it's just equipment), but they usually get the last laugh as I'm crawling out of the ditch. Cooridnation is one thing, but attitude has a lot to do with it also. I've got a buddy who is a lot stronger than me and shares my attitude - he breaks absolutely everything. If you're not at the edge of the envelope you're less likely to exceed the limits. If you're big and powerful and you DON't break things then I'd counter that you're not trying hard enough, but self preservation plays a role.

I'm not making excuses for the people that break things due to being inept.
I know some guys like thatRideLots
Mar 28, 2002 7:23 AM
Some guys wreak havoc on equipment, no matter what it is. They break stems, chains, frames, forks, you name it. I think some of it is weight and power, and some is carelessness and lack of maintenance, from what I've observed.
exactly! (nm)merckx56
Mar 28, 2002 9:22 AM
...I'd guess that no one'll lend a bike ...[nm]jagiger
Mar 28, 2002 7:52 AM
Mar 28, 2002 8:22 AM
If this guy amazes you, you should try breaking your own equipment. It's not as much fun! :)