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Has anybody else experienced back/neck pain since moving over to a carbon wheelset?

The only thing different in my riding/bikes is that I’ve recently switched to carbon rims (NOX) & have had an insane pinched nerve in my neck.

Been getting treatment on it for three days straight now.

Just wondering if anybody else has experienced this or if I’m just crazy. Lol
 

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coincidence.

Never understood how people get so obsessive over mtb wheels. There's >2" of rubber and X" of suspension between you and the impact. The role they play is real, but small. They're only hugely noticeable when the spokes go slack.
 

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Theory:

Increased confidence in your wheels leads to you sending it harder.

When I went to carbon from alloy (stans crests), there was an incredibly noticeable difference in stiffness. It did transfer more trail imperfections, force from landings etc, so i had to experiment with pressures again. Now, all is good.


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What else can we blame on carbon rims?

My carbon rims caused a tree to fall on my car, and my girlfriend left me. Damn you carbon rims!
 

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thanks for all the input. I agree with you guys in that it's not the carbon rims. I had only thought it MIGHT be then since I ride A LOT & those are the only thing that's changed as far my riding is concerned & this happened to me at almost the exact same time.

My chiropractor seems to think stress brought it on. I am selling my house, moving & hopefully am about to be getting a new job in a new area.

So I said to him jokingly, "so you think it's all that stuff & not the carbon rims?" he laughed & said yeah it's def stress. haha!
 

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Get a CT. I had a "pinched nerve" in my neck. Was told it was "stress". After horsing around with it for a a couple of months, I finally went to a Orthopedic Surgeon (nothing against chiropractors, but I'm done with them). CT was needed to correctly diagnose it, x-ray didn't reveal enough detail. A small spur pinched a nerve. One shot and it was permanently gone in ten minutes. I made it worse by not getting it "fixed" earlier. Could have avoided the shot and probably gotten by with just a few steroid pills.
 

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Get a CT. I had a "pinched nerve" in my neck. Was told it was "stress". After horsing around with it for a a couple of months, I finally went to a Orthopedic Surgeon (nothing against chiropractors, but I'm done with them). CT was needed to correctly diagnose it, x-ray didn't reveal enough detail. A small spur pinched a nerve. One shot and it was permanently gone in ten minutes. I made it worse by not getting it "fixed" earlier. Could have avoided the shot and probably gotten by with just a few steroid pills.
I'm going to go that route if it doesn't go away after this week. Only had it for a few days so far so & the chiropractor is helping but if it doesn't markedly improve by next week it's off to the doctors I go.
 

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I'll strain a muscle around my neck from time to time working out, sometimes it hangs around for a while. Sometimes I just sleep wrong and I get a strain. It usually goes away, but may take a few days.
 

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I doubt it has anything to do with carbon rims, but otoh after going back Al (LB 38s > DT XM481) I do notice a smoother ride and better traction, with a little bit less precision and less of that feel that the wheels spin up to speed a little easier.

The bigger difference is 35mm Race Face carbon bars vs 31.8 on the new bike, the 35s are too stiff and hurt my hands, I should get my new OneUp bars today! :)
 

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Last time I went to the Chiro and told him of my symptoms the first thing he asked me was, "You're not riding carbon wheels, are you?". When I told him I was he quickly had me escorted out of his office. Who knew?
 

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I'll strain a muscle around my neck from time to time working out, sometimes it hangs around for a while. Sometimes I just sleep wrong and I get a strain. It usually goes away, but may take a few days.
That's what you get for sleeping with your carbon rims. Next time, try a pillow.
 

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thanks for all the input. I agree with you guys in that it's not the carbon rims. I had only thought it MIGHT be then since I ride A LOT & those are the only thing that's changed as far my riding is concerned & this happened to me at almost the exact same time.

My chiropractor seems to think stress brought it on. I am selling my house, moving & hopefully am about to be getting a new job in a new area.

So I said to him jokingly, "so you think it's all that stuff & not the carbon rims?" he laughed & said yeah it's def stress. haha!
Check out this book https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Back-Pain-Mind-Body-Connection/dp/0446557684

It explores the connection between mental issues and illness such as spinal pain. It is seriously worth a read.
 

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LOL hey i was bored at work and the wheelset switch was the only thing different with my riding as of late so I figured I'd throw it up here to see if anybody else experienced anything similar.

Wasn't complaining or "blaming" anything on the wheels, just wanted to hear some feedback. I'm going to keep riding them and my three other wheelsets will be going to carbon now as well so look out nerves it's time for more pinches! haha!

Def getting a dose of steroids for it though now.
 
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