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    Replace spoke or full rebuild?

    I broke a spoke on a recent commute and today got to have a look at the wheel. I thought I could just get the spoke and replace it myself but on closer inspection, the wheel is out of true both side-to-side and up-and-down. I've also noticed that he slotted heads of the nipples are quite mashed (presumably by the factory when they assembled the wheels). I have a spoke wrench but it started to round a couple of nipples so I stopped before I did any more damage.

    Should I just get the spoke replaced and the wheel trued or am I better off in the long-run to get the wheel rebuilt by a proper builder?

    The rim is a 29er Alex RHD (OEM for Spesh Rockhopper).

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    "Fixing" the problem will only delay the inevitable wear and tear in the long run. I'd replace it.

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    Depending on how long you have been riding these wheels, it may be time for a rebuild. Replacing the spoke will be a temporary fix and you will find the older spokes will break due to fatigue.

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    Replace the spoke so you have a decent backup wheel. Take it to someone that's good with wheels so they can detension it, true it, and round it. Sounds like the existing spokes are on the tight side.

    Save up some $$ for a better wheel. What you've got isn't worth a rebuild because, chances are, you're going to need a new rim if it's that bad. You can get a really good new wheel sub $200 for that bike. Theoretically, a rebuild will cost your hub, buck or so per spoke, maybe $40-50 labor and a new rim ($50-100).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    ...Sounds like the existing spokes are on the tight side...
    Why ?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Why? Most of the Specialized stock wheels I've had my hands on run around 24-25 or more on a Park tensiometer. That's tighter than I would build them. Also, if you're rounding nipples, that's a good indicator that the spoke tension is on the high side. Hard to say ultimately without having them in my hands.
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    If it's the first time you've blown a spoke, replace the spoke. Maybe get a better spoke wrench.

    If your wheel shows a pattern of blowing spokes, throw it out. Unless the hub's better than I think it is, anyway.
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    Here's what some of the spoke nipples look like from inside the rim. Some of holes are pretty munched.
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    LOL. Certainly an argument for building your next set yourself, or paying someone to build it by hand.

    Still, I'd just live with it until and unless I killed another spoke. You might find you want to replace the nipple too whenever you replace a spoke. They usually come with brass nipples anyway, IME. So it's not like you even have to pay for something extra.
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    Yeah I'm just going to get a new spoke for now. A rebuild will be later if I have more probs.

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