- mysterious case of the loosening spokes
I was out last week and after a rocky descent i noticed the tyre was rubbing on the frame, on closer inspection all the spokes had come loose to the extent that the wheel had lost all tension and i had to walk home. So i tightened them all up again but last night the same thing happened, not as bad as i was checking them regularly and i’d remembered my spoke key but they seemed to undo themsleves.
The thing thats most puzzling is that it isn’t a new build, i did it a few months ago and it’s had plenty of previous outings so why should it start doing it now?
It’s an 819 on a hope xc hub with the correct length spokes, i’ve checked the hub, rim and eyelets for damage but there doesn’t seem to be any.
Any advice before i rebuild the whole thing with new spokes and nipples??
taPosted 9 years agodavey_claytonMember
I was on a long ride in the Lakes last a coupld of years ago (sam houghton challenge), with wheels that I’d been using for a few months. I had a flat half way down a massive descent, and after I’d fixed it I noticed that it was rubbing. When I got to the bottom all the spokes were totally loose, like they’d come unscrewed. I never worked out why it happened, it’s never done it since. Bizarre.Posted 9 years agoscruffMember
819s- check the UST nipple/eyelets things are all tight, I had to tighten a few of mine up, it has same effect on spokes as loose nipples.
I hadto have one 819 rebuilt with new rim as I had flatspotted the rim and the buggerign spokes wouldnt stay tight. I think 819s may be a bugger to get spokes correct once a bit of damage has knocked the rim about a bit.Posted 9 years ago
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