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Old 07-14-2008, 01:37 PM
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Default Re: Ripped Out a Spoke ?

Cachehiker, I believe that there is ALOT more stress on the spokes with the torque of the motor as versus how much torque you can apply with your legs, and all this stress is applied to one side of the wheel the side the where the rag joint clamps the sprocket to the drive side spokes. Once you tighten the rag joints and the sprocket down it has to reshape the wheel somewhat, and pull it towards the sprocket, and make 18 of the 36 spokes do most of the work. I agree these are cheap products, and there are people that build wheels with motorcycle spokes, but with proper care such as tying spokes and a little common sense such as peddling to start and then using motor to lessen torque on wheel, you should be good for quite a while. I have a couple hundred miles and no spoke problems but have replaced the rear bearings....
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