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I have been having issues with my real wheel on my bicycle. I have Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels, and the rear wheel seems to be flexing too much under loads (i.e. sprinting, climbing, descending, and cornering). At first it manifested just as an annoying thumping noise as the wheel rubber the brakes, but now the rear wheel will feel wobbly and loose (much like when you get a rear wheel flat). I've taking my bike into my local shop, and they can't seem to figure out the problem. I am a larger rider (6''0", 250 lbs) and I'm wondering if this might have an effect on the wheels. However, I've had them since I first bought the bike (9000 miles). I had the wheel rebuilt two years ago, when the rim cracked. But other than that, this is a brand new problem.

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It's hard to believe a shop can't deal with what sounds like loosening spokes. OTOH, we Clydesdales are tougher on wheels than the lil guys. I used to break a lot of spokes under high torque demands, especially on several sets of Spinergy Spox wheels, then I bought a Park spoke tension gauge and meticulously trued and tensioned all the wheels on all my bikes. Haven't had a spoke issue since then.

Or you could get an old set of Spinergy Rev-X like I did a long time ago before I figured out the tension thing. If you can break or bend them you are not human.

Posted on May 22, 2011

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