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    wheel spokes came completely loose on a new wheel after a few rides

    180lb buddy bought from LBS for about $140 for the rear wheel, it needed to be replaced. Lefty 26er. XC bike that will be doing some cat 3 racing.

    Shimano FH-M525A hub
    Mavic 117 rim


    rear started go wobbly during our ride. Turns out many loose spokes in the back with 2+ with no tension. I could pull the spoke out from the nipple. I screwed in the spokes back in and gave the wheel a quick true.

    What to do?
    buy a new wheel? Any suggestions? Is it better to get a wheelset and resell the front wheel?

    Add loctite to the spokes?

    Take back to LBS?


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    Doesn't sound like it was properly built/checked/tensioned or trued by the LBS. I'd at lease explain to them what happened and see if they will take care of it properly. If not I'd look to do business elsewhere. And wrt bike wheels in general, learn how to check and/or build them properly yourself. You depend a lot on them being right for the job but you must be able to verify their condition before trusting them with your body.
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    Sounds like it was not properly tensioned when it was built (probably a machine built wheel). Have it trued and tensioned properly and you should be good to go. Do not locktite the nipples.

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    Yeah. It wasn't built right from the get go.
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    Re: wheel spokes came completely loose on a new wheel after a few rides

    Thanks guys, no tension tool. We will see what the bike shop does. Can I tension by feel alone?

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    No, but you can tension by tone, if you have a guitar/string tuner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    Thanks guys, no tension tool. We will see what the bike shop does. Can I tension by feel alone?
    Yes. Squeezing spokes and feeling the tension, if you're sensitive to those types of things. You can also tension by ear without a tuner, if you are not tone deaf.

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    I can true up my wheels somewhat but they are the one thing I'd rather bring to the LBS. I would bring them back and see what they say otherwise find another shop.

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    The shop owner will need the info on this sale. No one wants to see defective products go out the door.
    There is a difference between the drive and non drive sides in spoke tension to create the dish. Should be 90 or so non drive and 110+ drive.

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    thanks again guys.

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