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I broke the unbreakable today........A Ksyrium spoke!!!(8 posts)

I broke the unbreakable today........A Ksyrium spoke!!!James
May 17, 2002 12:34 AM
Out in the middle of nowhere a drive side spoke popped at the hub. I ended up loaning a pair of pliers to true the other spokes enough to limp 35 miles home. I love these wheels and i'm just feeling sad. My cane creeks are great backups, but they are just not my special K's.
re: I broke the unbreakable today........A Ksyrium spoke!!!Peter E
May 17, 2002 2:03 AM
I feel truly sorry for you. Not only because it's very boring to break a spoke and see the wheel going out of true. Also because the Ksyrium Spokes are expensive ones (well, in comparison at least) and you must find special dealers that have them and are authorized and can true the whell so it's good again
re: I broke the unbreakable today........A Ksyrium spoke!!!WrigleyRoadie
May 17, 2002 5:38 AM
If you have trouble, I think totalcycling.com has the zircal replacement spokes. (write them an email too, because it says on their site they've never heard of a Ksyrium spoke breaking. Silly chaps.)
Who makes the unbreakable claim?sprockets2
May 17, 2002 6:31 AM
They are friggin ALUMINUM for heavens sake. Plus there are not that many of them. Plus, the DS flattening is not really addressed in the Ksyrium-I can't understand why they don't offset the rim more. The drive side is much more heavily stressed under drive loads. And didn't I see that the NDS is radial on some of these? Yikes.

I have heard of a couple of failures on well used Ksyrium wheels, but that is what usage a wheel should expect-I rode MA2 for more than a decade until I wore through the braking surfaces, and didn't have a failure. You would think the new wheels could do that too.
Who makes the unbreakable claim? I DO!mixinbeatz
May 17, 2002 6:46 AM
I think he was being just a little sarcastic. We all know that Ksyrium spokes can and do break. These wheels have a great reputation for being bullet proof, and I don't know anyone who rides them that doesn't agree. Are they worth the sticker price, now that is another issue.
Not unusualmuncher
May 17, 2002 7:01 AM
They are Al. As lots of guys in my club are finding out, they have a finite stress life, which seems to be about now for lots of people who got them not too long after they came out.
few spokes = large hassleStmbtDave
May 17, 2002 9:16 AM
I'm suprised you could true the wheel enough to limp home. I broke a DS spoke on my Rolf Vector Pros and the wheel was so far out of true I had to hitch home. I was on a trip out of town and the nearest shop that could do the repair was "only" 60 miles away. I now have a spare spokes for both the front and rear wheels in my tool box.
Far from true, it looked like a Pringle!(nm)James
May 17, 2002 10:16 PM