Help with wheels!

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by sapper3491, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. sapper3491

    sapper3491 New Member

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    I've got a Bianchi Via Narone which is basically the entry level racing bike from Bianchi. It came with factory build standard wheels and for the first few months they were fine, then i kept getting broken spokes on the hub of the rear wheel, ususally when i was pedalling hard uphill. I think maybe my weight coupled with the quality and strength of the wheels has meant that i keep getting broken spokes. So i've decided to change my rear wheel and need some advice to get the strongest wheel for around £90-£110. I have a campagnolo casette so i suppose i'll need a campagnolo hub too. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. graphixgeek

    graphixgeek New Member

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    Usually the wheel (rim) doesn't have much to do with broken spokes. Usually it's inferior spokes, too much stress on the spokes, or some outside influence (like a BIG stick[​IMG]). Any mid-range wheel (rim) would be fine. There is an ongoing debate about straight pull hubs vs. non-straight pull hubs (spokes with no bend vs. spokes with a bend) as to whether one is prone to spoke breakage or not. Go with a mid-range rim and hub (any will do) but most importantly, go with a high spoke count like 32 or 36 (if you're real worried) and DT spokes 2.0mm (no butted spokes). Avoid fancy spoke lacing and stick with good ol' 3 cross lacing (your LBS can explain this for you).
     
  3. sapper3491

    sapper3491 New Member

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    Thanks thats great advice.
     
  4. John M

    John M New Member

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    the main reason for spoke breakage is probably a poorly built wheel to start with. Get a well made 32 spoke 3x wheel on a Mirage or Veloce hub and you will be good to go for thousands of km.
     
  5. daveornee

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    Good quality build with good quality materials.
    Stiffer rims help spread dynamic load over a wider section of the rim and thus more spokes (given the same number of spokes).
    Butted spokes like DT Competition 14/15 DB or Sapim Race 14/15 DB also help spread the dynamic load over a wider section and thus more spokes.
    I suggest taking your existing rear wheel to a competent wheel builder and have it rebuilt with new 14/15 DB quality brand spokes and a good quality rim.
    Check with local riders who have experience with local shops and wheel builders to get some guidance.
     
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