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    What's going on with my wheel?

    Bought a new Redline Flight this year and it came with the Alex Dh wheels. I am 215 lbs and ride pretty hard cross country. The wheels held up all summer. I never touched them and they were really solid. A few weeks ago I noticed two spokes on the rear were really loose after a ride so I took the wheel in to my LBS. They said the hub was loose and that is why is the spokes came loose. They fixed the wheel and I was good to go. Today, after only three rides, ever fourth spoke is very loose. Is this happening because the wheel is cheap? Should I look into a better wheelset that will handle hard riding by a fatass? Any thoughts?

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    I say take it back to your LBS. They said they fixed it, but in fact made it worse.

    It's interesting that every fourth spoke is loose. Are the loose ones the leading spokes on the non drive side?

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    Sounds like common issues with a cheapo machine built wheelset. At the very least, the whole wheel needs to be fully released and then retensioned, using linseed oil on the spoke threads.
    You might consider using all new spoke to have the wheel completely rebuilt.
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    And while you are at it replace the rims.
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    and the hubs.
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    +1... you might be better off to upgrade instead of rebuilding
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    I was just making a joke but it an option. If you are going to go to the work to untention and then pay a wheel builder to retention the spokes with spoke prep, you may as well get something cool out of it. Like a fly wheelset.
    But if money were an issue, I would try bringing the spokes up to even tension as is, and dropping 2 drops of Loctite #609 into the nipple. 609 only! It will keep the nipples from rattling loose and it will also prevent corrosion.
    Linseed oil works too if you live in a drier climate and give it time to dry.
    The last wheels I built came apart because i diddnt give the Linseed oil time to dry + I live in a humid place...
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