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Which wheelset to get?(5 posts)

Which wheelset to get?flyinbowlofmilk
Nov 16, 2003 6:55 PM
I have a 2002 Specialized Allez Elite road bike,with the compact frame and Ritchey's Aero zero wheels. I purchaced it in April 2003. Since I purchase this last year road bike ,I havehad at leat 5 spokes to break in the wheels(that both the front and back). After the 2nd time one of my spokes broke in the back wheel,I took it to the LBS that I brought it from. They told me that the company had a bad set of spokes put on some of the last year road bikes. Well after they sent it to the company to get it a new set of spokes put in the wheel. They told me that it was covered under my 1 year warrenty. Since that time I have had 3 spokes break in the back wheel,and 1 in the front wheel. So my question is. Which wheelset has spokes that will not break under body weight? Should I use the old wheelset for training wheel once they get fixed? Advice need on this problem. I hate breaking 5 spokes in a wheelset(1in the fron't wheel and 4 in the rear wheel).


re: Which wheelset to get?asgelle
Nov 17, 2003 12:56 PM
Any decent wheel should not fail under body weight. This has all the classic symptoms of a poorly made wheel. The spokes are likely under tensioned and/or not properly stress relieved. The problem is not with the wheels or the spokes. Your shop is giving you bad advice. Find a decent shop and have them bring the current wheels up to proper tension or rebuild them with new spokes, if necessary. A better solution is to buy The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt and do it yourself. It's not that hard.
absolutely, I heard the same sh!t about 2001hayaku
Nov 21, 2003 1:13 AM
they are trying to pass off wheels that are not build properly in the first place. I absolutely agree that either you should take the wheel to another bike shop, or even better buy a book and never be dependant on a bike shop again. I have "The art of wheelbuilding"

I know I have better performing, more durable wheels than most of my competition for less than 20% of the price many of them paid. the wheels are even better because the are built for my needs, strengths and ...weaknesses.

also take a look at this link. It may make painful reading if you want to believe marketing managers but it's all true.
Whew. What a read. good points though! nmSpunout
Nov 28, 2003 7:14 AM
re: Which wheelset to get?No_sprint
Nov 17, 2003 1:37 PM
I've never heard of anything like this. Something is definitely wrong here.