Hi all,

New member here. Just after advice regarding my 4th broken spoke in under a year on my new bike, Cannondale Quick 3. I bought the bike last April. The 1st spoke went after 4 months around August, the 2nd in early December (which I fixed myself at a co-op bike workshop, CERES, under supervision), the 3rd about 7 weeks later (3 1/2 weeks ago) late Jan, and the 4th 6 days ago. Is this normal?? I had the 3rd spoke fixed at the original bike shop (with a 3rd bike service) and they said this was quite common. I bought some spokes from another bike shop today, and they said I should be asking the original bike shop for a wheel rebuild under the warranty.

I live in Melbourne mainly ride on paved bike paths and main roads to and from work. I weigh 97 kg. The road enroute to work does have a few bad patches but I do lift my butt off the seat when I go over them or ride around them if possible. I do have a rack on the bike for panniers which I use occasionally, but I mainly use a back pack. The 4th spoke broke 2 weeks after I got the 3rd one fixed and was with a standard service of the entire bike. I had only ridden the bike about 3 times in that 2 weeks.

Your advice greatly appreciated.


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Hi Simon, I would go back to the oringal supplier and DEMAND under warranty for a Full wheel rebuild or better Another NEW wheel.

We seem to be getting quite a few broken spokes lately, one yesterday. I wonder if they are building wheels too light now to keep the weight of the wheel down. Fine for someone who is light, but if you're a little heavier then it seems to be getting more and more of a problem.

Hi Simon,

I've gone through wheel spoke repairs for some time now. e.g. I have 3 electric bikes and the main challenge for has been keeping the wheels from falling apart due to 30kg + added weight to the rear wheels due to the fragile and crappy bicycle rims & spokes. My tandem bike especially couldn't bear the weight of 2 people + motor + batteries. Combined weight of myself, my wife, batteries, motor is approx 180kg.

Then I thought I would go a step further and got in touch with the best motorcycle wheel builder in Australasia. Phil from Lightfoot Engineering rebuilt my tandem rear wheel using 12 G motorcycle instead of 9 G bicycle spokes. He did a fabulous job and I highly recommend him to you. His phonenumber is 98983677 and website is www.lightfootwheels.com.

Let me know how you go and feel free to contact me at any time if you have any question. Tell Phil Nico referred you to him.

I've had similar issues with a couple of wheels on the mountain bike I used as a commuter. There seems to be issues with cheap spokes at times. I employed a three strikes principle before having the wheels re-laced, the wheels then held until the rims wore out. Once rebuilt the wheel took me (90kg) to work, then trailer and/or kid seat on weekends.

Which spokes are going? Rear wheel if I had to guess, and probably drive side; you are a heavy rider and that bike looks like it has a low spoke count. Not sure if a warranty claim will work as there is probably nothing wrong with it, you are just a heavy guy (I am the same weight and have no problem with a 36 spoke 15 guage spoke wheel) on  a weak wheel. I'd ask for a discount on a stronger wheel if anything. Upping spoke strength will simply pass the problem onto the rim, which will shorten its life. If you want try to keep the wheel, loosen all spokes evenly & and tighten in very small increments to get an more even spoke tension over the wheel - a tension meter is useful but 'pinging' the spokes can help ensure even tightness all round. A machine built wheel that has been repaired is guaranteed to have uneven spoke tensions.This may be a temporary fix only though as you are riding the wheel at its limits. Good luck.

Hi Simon,

Welcome to my world! I'm a regular rider and have experienced broken spokes, and wheel rims, on road, mountain and commuter bikes. I attribute this to weighing 110kgs. With the exception of 1 broken spoke on a front wheel, all of the rest have been on the rear wheel ... as John E says, mostly on the drive side. I've tried stock rims and custom builds and what works best for me are either straight pull spokes on a factory built wheel (Mavic Aksium / Ksyrium for road, or Mavic Crossride for MTB), or DT Swiss Alpine spokes in a custom build in a commuter. My suggestion would be to get your  current wheel rebuilt with the DT spokes ... check the quality of the rim though as you could waste a $150 rebuild if the rim isn't up to the task.

Good Luck!


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