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Am I harsh on my wheels???(5 posts)

Am I harsh on my wheels???R600DuraAce
Sep 30, 2003 7:24 PM
I don't get this. About last year I got a pair of Dura Ace hub/Open Pro and after my first initial ride, I had to true both wheels. It took me a month of maintaince with them to finally get the spoke tension right. I haven't trued the wheelset for months now even with long training ride and racing. I bought the set from Colorado Cyclists. I think they were under tension to begin with. I am always hard on wheels since anything under 5% grade I use the big gear to climb.

Few weeks ago I bought a set of Velomax Tempest. Again, after my first race, I had to true the rear wheel a bit. Ever since then I have to true the rear wheel. The wheel isn't really that out of true but not really true. The front is fine. I only weight 130lb but consider myself a mesher and attacks hills like they are my enemies. The Velomax design has me wondering if the hub end of the spoke would ending up unthreaded. The spoke appears to be twisting when I true the nipple. Hopfully, the rear wheel will get its act together later. :-)
YesHot Carl
Sep 30, 2003 8:40 PM
nm:)
just a thoughtspluti
Oct 1, 2003 6:23 AM
retruing wheels is a fact of cycling life yet your experience seems exceptional. At 130 lbs. I wonder if you are being too particular about the amount of wheel runout. Try leaving them alone for a few more rides/races. Change your emphasis from "dead nuts true" to "all playing the same note". All new wheels will settle in. It's part two of stress relieving. Part one is leveraging each spoke individually. See the following http://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html#seating
Kharmic payback for the unpaid ksyriums? :) n/mbaylor
Oct 1, 2003 6:37 AM
What a moron!!! Haven't crashed with my 9 races!!!!R600DuraAce
Oct 1, 2003 3:27 PM