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Mavic Open Pro Wheel Question(5 posts)

Mavic Open Pro Wheel Questionbikenbo
Aug 20, 2002 4:54 AM
I have a pair of Mavic Open Pro 32 spoke wheels and the other day I noticed that the spokes bend slightly right where they cross each other. They're not straight from the hub to the rim. Both front and rear. Is this normal or am I in imminent danger of meeting the asphalt, face to face?!!

Thanks, in advance.
CB
No problem, ride on. nmMel Erickson
Aug 20, 2002 5:07 AM
The interference and bend is what makes your wheel strong.Quack
Aug 20, 2002 6:10 AM
The fact that they are interfering with each other actually means that they will support each other in times of extreme load.
re: Mavic Open Pro Wheel QuestionSkidoo
Aug 20, 2002 4:11 PM
I also have OP's (32 spoke CD) and have noticed quite a bit of creaking coming from the front wheel when I sprint. It sounds just like the spokes are de-tensioning, but after a quick inspection, no spokes were noticibly looser than any others, and the wheel is still true. Problem?
Could be several thingsKerry
Aug 20, 2002 4:59 PM
noises can be coming from the nipples rubbing against the ferruls, the spokes rubbing against each other at the "last cross", the famous MAVIC joint noise, some loose metal inside the rim, your hub QRs, or any number of other places on the bike where it just SEEMS like the noise is coming from the front wheel. To make sure it is the front wheel, stick another wheel in there and see if the noise changes/goes away. If it is the wheel, some standard fixes are a drop of lube at each spoke cross and at the base of each nipple where it enters the rim. Tighten your QR. Use a punch to stabilize the joint spacer. In any case, the noise does not represent a mechanical problem, though it will likely drive you nuts after a while.