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Advice with spoke reliability

Old 07-15-19, 06:52 AM
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Advice with spoke reliability

Dear all.

Yesterday, I had my first spoke break. The bike is a Trek Domane with almost 5000 miles. The tire was rubbing on the frame but I was able to get back home.
Luckily was 3 miles away on a 90 mile ride!

Anyways, my concern now is that more and more sprockets and going to "fail". That for me is concerning as I don't want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere. Will the other spokes have a higher risk of breaking?

Should I change all spokes now?
Maybe consider upgrading wheels? (if changing all spokes will be a significant cost)
Just change the broken one and continue riding?

I don't mind buying a new wheel for $USD 200 if that will give me reliability.


Thank you all in advance for your help.
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Bring it to a good shop that's builds wheels and have them retension the wheel when they replace the spoke. If you break another spoke or two then replace the wheelset
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If it breaks another spoke or two, I'd spend the money on some nice spokes and a proper build, depending on the quality and condition of the rims and hubs.
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Domane comes in a lot of flavors and has been on market a while, so can't know which wheels you have. However, most of them have low spoke count wheels. Low spoke wheels can and should be plenty strong enough for anything. But the spokes just don't last as long. You can wait for spoke number two to break and then be sure all spokes are fatigued. Were it my bike I'd go ahead and rebuild the wheel now. And expect that rebuilds will be necessary every 5000. When the product manager specs low spoke wheels he knows it makes the bike more saleable, increases the wow factor. Product manager also knows most of these bikes are never going to complete 5000 miles. As someone who rides their bike you are an exception. And get to do more maintenance than someone who owns a garage ornament.
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