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I put 40,000 miles on my Ksyium Elite wheels without ever even needing to true them, much less suffer a broken spoke. OTOH, my second pair of these cracked the rim on the rear wheel around the valve hole with about 7,000 miles. Fortunately this happened two weeks before the warranty expired.
I guess the derailleur hanger or the bit of frame it connects to must be bent. These can be bent back. Of course Sheldon Brown has some advice, but I'd be afraid to do this myself and instead take it to the LBS who will have the tools.
Since this is happening on the drive side, it would leave me to believe the spokes are loose. Check the spoke tensioning and overall wheel dishing; the wheel might be out of true with the spoke tension out of whack. They shouldn't have to rebuild the whole wheel; they should be able to test and inspect the wheel rather easily. Since it keeps happening, one ...
Yes, as the comments pointed out, this is abnormal. I would make the attempt to take the wheel back to the LBS where you bought the bike. The might be able to work with Specialized and get the wheel replaced completely. Once at the LBS, have the mechanic inspect for any external factors (derailleur strikes, etc). If they can't get it replaced, then I would ...
You want definitely want to be able to replace a broken spoke or nipple while on tour, as riding a wheel missing a spoke any significant distance, especially with the bike fully loaded, can stress other spokes and lead to cascading failures. By Murphy's law, any such failure is guaranteed to happen at the maximum possible distance from a bike store. You ...
When I was a student, I used to re-lace and true wheels using the bike upside-down as the truing stand. When touring, I carry a few spare spokes, and true by eye. It's better than riding a loaded bike on a twisted wheel.
It depends on the tour length. It seems worthless to me to take them for three hours of riding in local park/forest (as pretty much anything beside multitool, purse and hydropack), but good idea for whole day length trip trough the desert.
Truing a wheel and lacing spokes is a big deal, but even a novice like me can replace a spoke and get it good enough to ride if a single spoke breaks. Unless you have a really low spoke count (which seems unlikely on a tour), breaking a single spoke shouldn't make the wheel unrideable and replacing the spoke can improve things and prevent them from getting ...
It's pretty easy/light to carry around a couple extra spokes per wheel and a pretty good idea for a long tour. You'll probably need a few different lengths though for the front, rear left, and rear right sides. Another good option is to carry an emergency fiberfix spoke that can be used with most wheels, which will help in an emergency. ...
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