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    Rolf Dolomite Disc cracked rear rim?! WTF?

    Went to ride my new Fuel 90, Came back home and noticed that my rear rim was cracked at a spoke hole, It literally pulled the whole spoke out of the rim, Has anyone noticed this too with Dolomite Disc wheels?
    Also, is it still safe to ride it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasmachineman NL View Post
    Went to ride my new Fuel 90, Came back home and noticed that my rear rim was cracked at a spoke hole, It literally pulled the whole spoke out of the rim, Has anyone noticed this too with Dolomite Disc wheels?
    Also, is it still safe to ride it?
    I would not ride it if there is a crack in the wheel - you have no way of knowing what sort of an impact may lead to a catastrophic failure.

    If you have really good health insurance and a guarantee of several hot nurses then maybe.....

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    A Fuel with Rolf Dolomite wheels is pretty far from "new"...in fact it is probably a 2001 as that was the last year "Rolf" wheels were on Trek Bikes
    BikePedia - 2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disc Complete Bicycle

    The Rolf wheels ran extremely high spoke tension so I'm not surprised that even a lightly used set is showing signs of fatigue. I would not ride on it, the spoke is likely to pull through the rim which on those paired spoked rims will make it go quite a bit out of true.
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    Rolf wheels are well known for failing that way. It's a stupid design which runs way too much spoke tension with a rim that's not built to take it, it doesn't take long before the rear drive side spoke holes start cracking apart.

    Junk the Rolf and get a proper wheel with normal 3-cross spoke lacing. When those wheels let go it isn't pretty, I've seen rear derailleurs and tires get taken out during failure events.

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    Echoing the others here. No it's not safe; rim failure may start slow, but it will snowball in short order, unfortunately, while you are riding. Every spoke that pops will weaken the wheel as a unit, until it can no longer support itself, and down it goes.

    Either a new rim is in order, or a new wheel. Getting the rim replaced by a shop (assuming the spokes still fit) will likely cost as much as a new rear wheel of better quality.

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    Oh well, Bought a DT 420SL set with DT/Specialized hubs, Most people say they suck, will find out later this day..

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