Questions tagged [spokes]

Refers to the thin rods connecting the wheel rim to the hub.

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I am always having a broken spoke once in every 500Km

I have a Giant Escape hybrid bike, which I bought as a secondhand bicycle. After I had bought it, once in every 500km, according to Strava records, I am always having a broken spoke in rear wheel. ...
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Why forward-facing spokes should be “heads in”, except on the drive side of the rear wheel?

Shimano service instructions for hubs show that out of the four sides, three should be "forward-facing spokes are heads-in", and one, the drive side on the rear wheel, the other way around: What is ...
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Spoke wrench conversion master guide

I have a universal spoke wrench. It used to work on any spokes I've owned, until now. I have a bike with 2mm spokes. The nipples are between a 13 and 14 on the universal spoke wrench's sizes. I have ...
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Will a front wheel with 24 spokes be strong enough for a total load of ~100kg?

I want to build a wheelset for my Adventure/Gravel Bike based on the DT Swiss GR 531. I want to use my SON Delux Dynamo Hub. Since it is for 24 Spokes I am thinking of mount the rear wheel with 28 ...
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Average lifetime for 26inch spokes

I've been riding my bike for about a year and a half now and the back spokes are starting to snap, 2 now. I want to know when was this bike bought from the original owner since the spokes are stock ...
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What are the spokes of the Kona Rove ST [duplicate]

I have a Kona Rove ST 2019. The specs only say "Spokes: Stainless Black 14g". How do I know the precise reference so I can buy some spare ones online?
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32H 2x rear wheel for velodrome - is it ok?

I'm building new wheelset for my track bike which I am going to use on velodrome only. I have H+SON SL42 rims and Miche Primato hubs, 32H. I've ordered some cheep spokes and suddenly realized that I ...
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Can I attach a 40 spoke hub to a 36 spoke rim?

I just discovered a crack in the back rim of my mother's bike and I'd like to replace it. The trouble is that the hub is 40 spoke and I cannot find a 40 hole rim that would fit the bike and would be ...
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Does anyone make a clamping spoke wrench?

I'd like to find some sort of "spoke wrench" which actually clamps onto the nipple (not the spoke proper), so that nipples that are slightly rounded-over (or, like aluminum ones, have a propensity to ...
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Bladed spokes on drive side, regular on other side

Yesterday, I checked out a Cannondale Synapse with Mavic Aksium wheels. One strange detail caught my eye - the rear wheel had bladed spokes on the drive side, and regular, cylindrical spokes on the ...
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Bent spoke design wheels — feasible?

The restaurant I ate at had these wheels with decorative bent spokes. Understanding that this wheel is decorative and wouldn’t work, could any wheel with bent spokes work? For this question, I’d ...
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Replacing multiple spokes (9/36): more like replacing spokes or rebuilding a wheel?

I've never built a wheel and while I'd like to learn one day I'm not going to learn on this one. On Saturday my rear wheel ate my derailleur (and bent the steel hanger in the process)*. No spokes ...
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Can I use a spoke tension meter to fix my uneven pre-tensioning prior to truing?

I've managed to lace up the wheel I’m building, however I think I've managed to unevenly tension the non drive side as a few spokes aren't as tight as others. If I get a tension meter, I can go ...
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Which spokes go on the non drive side and which go drive side?

I just wanted to make sure I understood the guy at the shop. The spoke calculator gives you left side and right side spokes lengths Left side go on the non drive side i.e. the side where the rotor ...
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Is new Hozan spoke thread roller better than old one [closed]

I have tried to use the old Hozan spoke thread roller (model 700), and have been deeply disappointed. I tried to follow instructions provided but all spokes it produced were either with too shallow ...
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Loose spokes after only a few rides

I have recently joined the cycling world after committing to losing weight. I am a heavy rider at about 28st (390 lbs) and have after some advice gone for a GT Avalanche. I have had the bike less than ...
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Spoke max tension

When replacing spokes on the rear wheel of my road bike using a tension meter what should the max tension be? I had a spoke snap whilst riding a couple of days ago and it became lodged in the cassette ...
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Best way to strengthen a wheel?

I'm a relatively heavy chap - 95kg or so. (15 stone, 210 pounds) I've got a commuter bike which uses a NuVinci N360 hub. The hub itself is quite heavy at 2.5kg and I suspect contributes to what is ...
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Spoke Length Help - First Wheel Build

I bought a pair of Ryde Andra 30 28" Rim(ERD=598mm) and Hope RS4 Road Bicycle Hubs(Rear/Front Specs, Front-Type(100mm), Rear-Type(130mm)). I then used the prowheelbuilder spoke length calculator with ...
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Ordering correct spoke nipple size

I've got some spoke nipples on a rear wheel which are stripped, and I'd like to replace them. I've measured the thickness of the spokes and they have a diameter of 2mm, which correspond to 14-gauge ...
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Back wheel spokes keep breaking

Bike was new around a year old. 8 of the back spokes broke and it went out of true. I had those repaired with a slightly stronger but spoke but now 2 more have broken including one of the thicker ones ...
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Failure in venerable spoke at nipple: causes?

I have a venerable (high spike count) rear wheel that has survived many a year before and after I purchased the bicycle. Today a drive side spoke failed at the nipple while climbing. The road ...
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Rear wheel power spoke pattern

This is my first time posting here. I have been biking for a few years now and learning little by little how to repair my ride myself. My latest problem is 4 spokes of my rear wheel (36 spokes) ...
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Are these spokes too damaged to use?

So, I've had the chain slip under the biggest sprocket a couple of times, and the spokes got chewed up by it to the point that two of them have broken recently. So, I decided to replace all the ...
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How many spokes for a single speed road bike?

I want to buy a handbuilt wheelset from a local bike shop and I am in front of the decision of how many spokes I want to put on front and rear wheel. The application of the wheelset is a singlespeed ...
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My rim exploded inflating on an automatic pump of a gas station. Should I reuse wheel's spokes/hub or buy everything new?

Today I went through this situation. Rims are Vzan Action with Formula Hub 36 holes. My rear tire was leaking. A guy patched up the tube and the problem persisted. I went to the bike shop and asked ...
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Innovation in cycle wheels

Do you think there is still some innovation that can be done to cycle wheels? Like changing the cycle spokes pattern? Or is it already in an optimised state?
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The smallest size spoke wrench I can find is 15(.127" / 3.23mm) and it's too big. Where can I find one that fits?

I purchased a spoke wrench with sizes from 10 (biggest) to 15(smallest). 15 is just small enough to round out the nipples on my wheel, but not small enough to actually turn them, so I surmise that I ...
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What is the recommended tension for my AlexRims X2100 rim?

I'm working on a bike which needs a couple of fixes, but the truing process is a new world for me. And I want to give long life for the wheel. I have a 26" wheel with 32 plain gauge spokes (aluminum ...
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Bicycle spokes poking through rim, what can I do?

I bought an old road bike, and after fixing it a little went on my first ride and ended up with two flat tyres. Replacing the front tyre was fine, added new rim tape repaired the tube and was good to ...
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What makes a comfortable wheel?

I rode about 5000Km on Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheels and changed them for inexpensive Prime race wheels. The difference in ride comfort is huge. The Mavic wheels provide a very harsh ride. The prime ...
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What causes rim failure where spokes pull it apart?

I've seen a few failures like this lately from touring cycling groups, and I'm wondering what causes this kind of rim failure (if it can be generalized). poster on group reported shortly after this ...
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Adjusting Hozan spoke threading tool for different spoke gauges

On the hozan spoke rolling tool it is possible to vertically adjust part that holds the spoke, so that spoke would be at the same level as the center of rollers. When rolling #15 spokes instead of #...
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It is dangerous to bike with 5/36 spokes broken?

I've got an old bike (not a sport bike, just an old fashioned granny bike). The chain was super loose so I have to tighten it, the tires are fine. The rear wheel, although reasonable aligned for how ...
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Replacing Schwinn Rim spokes

I need to replace my rim spokes for Schwinn 28" men and women's bikes which size do I order? and where can I order them? thanks
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Measure Spoke Tension on BMX Wheel

I'm building a 20" BMX wheel. I want to check the spoke tension, I'm not sure how to do that accurately. It's a high flange hub laced 3x with 186mm spokes. Because of that, the cross is just off ...
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How precise do spoke sizes need to be?

I'm building a rear wheel for the first time. I have purchased the rim and hub and am now sourcing the spokes. I put the measurements into an online spoke calculator (on wheelpro.co.uk) and it ...
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Can I lace a 36 hole hub to 48 hole rim?

I'm trying to install a 3 speed, 36 spoke hub into my 48 spoke rim. I want to try and retain the larger wheel if possible instead of downsizing to a 29" tire. I'm getting mixed information that it ...
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Recommended spoke for enduro/all mtn riding

What would be the ideal choice of spokes for enduro, all mtn or freeriding? would it be a double butted, triple butted or just single?
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Breaking spokes very often at J bend

I have a urban commuter bike. Since last couple of months, the spokes at the rear wheel keep breaking after each ride. I changed the broken spokes couple of times. Also I replaced all the spokes. Same ...
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Measuring tension in double butted spokes

I'm building a wheel with double butted spokes, 2.0 mm at the ends, 1.8 mm in the center. The Park Tool Spoke Tension Meter has a conversion sheet to determine the tension in spokes of different ...
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How to pick a replacement rear wheel for GT Grade Alloy 105

My bicycle: GT Grade Alloy 105 year 2015 After ~2 years riding i've broken 4 spokes (1 broke, fixed, 1 broke, fixed, 1 broke, fix, and now broke again). At this point from what I understand I need a ...
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Why would spokes break at the flange early?

I have a professionally-built Rohloff wheel, 32-spoke, symmetrical, laced to Velocity Dyads with Sapim Race spokes, disc brakes. It is about six years old, built in 2011; but I mostly just use it when ...
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measuring a spoke that's already in a wheel

i have a wheel, and i want a spare spoke to take touring. (it's a front wheel with a disc rotor, i have one for the rotor side but have lost the one i had for the non rotor side) is it possible ...
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Changing a spoke on a rear wheel

is it easy enough to change a spoke on a rear wheel? It is not on the side of the chain ring. Thanks Ian
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My rear wheel keeps getting side to side wobble issues. Can it be too much pannier weight?

It's now already the second time that the rear wheel has issues with side to side wobble and I would like to understand why this is happening. The first time I had a bike mechanic to tune the true ...
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Replacing rims with a 3mm effective diameter difference - can spokes be reused?

I'm planning to change the rims from 27.5 (ERD=566mm) to 27.5+ (ERD=563mm). Will I be able to reuse the spokes in this case, or is it worth getting new ones?
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Which rims should I purchase to avoid breakage of spokes?

I might need to replace my rims soon. I've had frequent problems with breakage of spokes, so it's a good opportunity to buy stronger rims and/or spokes. What characteristics should I look for if I ...
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Why do spoke nipples keep falling out?

I have a road bike with road tires. I commute on a paved trail that is fairly bumpy through a couple places due to roots pushing the asphalt up. My problem is that about once every week or two, I ...
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Common for spoke nipple head to rust but not nipple body?

Is it common to see spoke nipples with heads rusted only on the side toward the hub, but not on the spoke body? I'm working through all the spokes on my front wheel, inspecting and spoke prepping all ...