/ One broken spoke
The wheels are the original that came with my now 7 or 8 year old Kona Blast. It wasn't a super expensive bike; maybe 500 quid or so - so very 'mid range' but the wheels have to my mind been absolutely fantastic. I ride it virtually solely off road and around here that's over and through a lot of rocks. I don't aim to get 'big air' much, but it gets jumped around and off things lots when riding in the woods. The wheels have stayed true and just seem super tough - this is the first issue I've had with them.
So, it seems one option is to try and work out what size the spoke is and just replace that one broken one - but I know very little about wheel building and don't know how much tightening it would need etc. Or, option 2: figure that if one spoke has broken, that's a sign that the wheel has done very good service but is probably reaching the end of its life and I should replace it before it fails in some more dramatic manner.
Any thoughts from the hardcore MTB folks out there?
Nipple is the word you're looking for :)
You may find that if one has broken there then others may follow. I had 4 break at that point within a short space of time, 2 on a gentle commute home. Pity they weren't 8 year old wheels
Not a hardcore MTB but hardcore commuter and have bust loads of spokes over the years. Generally speaking you simply take the old one out, put the new one in and then tighten until your wheel is true (assuming the wheel isn't buckled which it often isn't), but as others have said it is not expensive to get a pro to do it for you and you keep your nice clean hands! :-)
The nipple is at the rim end of the spoke, it's the elbow that has gone here.
Ah yes, careless reading. In that case I'd just replace a single spoke if broken at the elbow. Breakage there seems to be a bit more of a one off ime.
Last spoke that broke on me broke in the centre of the spoke which was weird. Unfortunately it was one that you threaded in to the centre not outwards so it was a pain to rethread.
Unless you're a confident mechanic this is quite daunting so take it to your local bike shop.
Is it on the cassette side of the hub? these are normally the ones that go as they are under higher tension than the other side and sometimes they get a bit of damage if the chain overshifts off the cassette.
It's an easy job, no need to assume that the rest will go just because the one has. In my experience spokes normally break at the elbows or the heads just simply pop off.
I've much experience with replacing spokes as I had a bike with a Mailard helicomatic rear hub. The selling point of them was that you could get the rear cassette off easily to service things and replace broken spokes. Detractors often pointed out that if it was designed properly you wouldn't need to take the cassette off anywhere near as frequently because you wouldn't break as many spokes. so the idea was a waste of time. I agree with the detractors, it was crap.
its easy to do but as a one off it will be cheaper to pop it in the LBS than to shell out for a chain whip and cassette socket if it is drive train side or torx key for rotor removal.... that said you dont learn much handing the bike over
nah wheel should be fine unless its had a serious trashing ...occaisional spokes on machine built wheels is to be expected...quick and easy replacement :-)...buy 2-3 spokes ...they cost pennies.
Not at my local bike shop they don't! One euro each which seems very expensive (see my comment about LBSs on the other thread!), but I bought a few and an over priced spoke key. So now it's fixed and I'm pleased it was so simple to do. The first few rides will reveal how good a job I've done, I guess! :)
OP, the wheel is best taken to your local shop (if they are any good) and get at least a full side respoked. With a proper build and decent spokes it'll last (almost) forever.
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