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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:39 pm 
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So I was out for a Road ride sunday afternoon and had the unfortunate experience of breaking a spoke.

Normally not a huge deal, but on the 24 spoke road bike, with 1 spoke down, the wheel pulled out of true enough to rub the brakes and the frame to the point it was unrideable after 100 yards.

So looking at the fix, it appears that the head of the nipple broke as opposed to the spoke, however, the spoke was bent a bit during the break.

Upon inspection and measurement, it appears that this spoke and all the other spokes on the wheel are about 2mm shorter than they should be. I've never really looked close at the spoke/nipple connection before now, so this is an Ah hah or hmmm, moment.

When I look at the rest of the spokes on this wheel, they all appear to be closer to the left/middle length (reference picture below) as opposed to the right. Everything in the Sheldon Brown article says things should look more like the right spoke/nipple combo.

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https://www.sheldonbrown.com/spoke-length.html

So the question is, do I just replace the 1 spoke/nipple with a longer spoke to get this one right, or do I rebuild the entire wheel with new spokes/nipples to ensure proper interface? Is it even worth it? I bought the wheelset for $150 used, it's only a $300ish wheelset to start with...


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:20 pm 
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I had broken two spoke nipples on my used 27.7 + wheelset and had only those fixed. Two rides later I broke two more. Had them all changed out front & rear and haven't broken any more. I say do it right the first time based on what I learned & paid for.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:51 pm 
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Did you replace just nipples, or all new spokes and nipples? I think to "fix" mine correctly would be all new spokes and nipples. These being Aero Road spokes, it's about $100 for the wheel.


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Mine had the tops of the nipples broken off at the same place so he replaced just the nipples. They were aluminum nipples also. Let an expert take a look but maybe the spokes are too short too

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 6:13 pm 
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I figure I could just go through and do 1 spoke at a time. All spoke barely hit the bottom of the screwdriver slot, some don't even extend that far.

I think I need to go about 2mm longer on both sides.

I just question if I should spend $100 for 1 wheel that started as a $150 set.......


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