Tubeless ready CX-R1 felt wheel. The spokes are sealed from the inside. How and what tools do I need to replace the spokes?

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    A photo would help here, I can't find any helpful images on Google, but it's almost certainly a threaded nipple. You thread them into the rim and onto the spoke at the same time. – alex Aug 30 '16 at 3:34
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    The only thing I can find is this Easton video. Other manufacturers may have a slightly different procedure. Worth a look though. youtube.com/watch?v=tAdO33oLvn0 – alex Aug 30 '16 at 4:16
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    My fulcrums involve a magnet and a whole lot of fiddling about, but as others have said its manufacturer dependent. – DWGKNZ Aug 30 '16 at 4:40
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    Seems like rim tape is a better option than omitting spoke holes. – Robaggs Aug 30 '16 at 4:41
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    Vote to leave open - the question is pretty clearly "how to replace a spoke on a cx-r1 felt wheel which has no spoke holes? And what tools will be needed" – Criggie Oct 16 '16 at 5:35

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It looks like a pretty standard threaded nipple with aluminum spokes. Is the spoke broken off right at/in the nipple, by the rim, or is there enough of the broken spoke sticking out of the nipple that you can 'grap' it with a pliers/vice-grip type tool? ...

a). If the spoke broke off right at the nipple, leaving nothing to grasp -- or if the nipple itself is somehow damaged -- then you'll need to remove the rim strip/rim tape from the inside of the rim in order to remove the nipple. Spoke nipples aren't threaded into the rim so it should 'back out'/fall out freely. In this case, you will need a spoke wrench to install the new spoke and you will need to install new rim tape after the new spoke and nipple are installed. You may need an sharp knife to carefully cut/lift the old rim tape. Otherwise...

b). If you can grab the broken spoke securely, just use a spoke wrench to turn the nipple and un-thread the broken spoke. You shouldn't need to access the nipple from the 'inside' of the rim. In this case, you will need a spoke wrench (to turn the nipple) and a pliers (to grasp onto the broken spoke).

  • On the Eastons I worked on recently the rim strip was fairly stretchy rubber and could be removed without apparent damage. – Daniel R Hicks Dec 5 '16 at 18:31
  • Thanks but they were the sealed kind. No rim tape or holes on the inside. Magnet was required to guide the nipples. – Robaggs Dec 5 '16 at 20:31

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