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So I have an '06 Specialized Enduro with DT EX5.1D rims, supercomp spokes, DT SL rr and Specialized 20 mm fr hubs.

I discovered a broken spoke in the rear a few weeks back (don't know how it happened) and had it fixed, then had a busted one up front when the tire flipped a rock up that smashed into the spokes from the side. I replaced that one myself. Both wheels are fairly true considering how much abuse they have seen.

So, this is a pretty decent wheelset, but it is rolling on old bearings and has two straight gauge spokes now. Would it be worth it to strip the spokes and relace with a new set (or just replace the two oddballs with new supercomps)? Should I look into replacing bearings? I would guess it has cartridge bearings fr and rr-never worked on those before, any suggestions?

Also, how are spokes measured, bend-to-threads, or bend-to-end, or ???

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From what I have read, you should never rebuild a rim twice. Some builders refuse to do it (like at my LBS) so I HAD to buy a new wheelset. All I wanted to do was replace my hubs, and he said no.

Very hard to true a rim that has already been laced.
 

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gdl357 said:
From what I have read, you should never rebuild a rim twice. Some builders refuse to do it (like at my LBS) so I HAD to buy a new wheelset. All I wanted to do was replace my hubs, and he said no. Very hard to true a rim that has already been laced.
Say what? "Wheelbuilders" (those doing it for money) are smart not to re-use rims or spokes - they would be expected to give some kind of guarantee - but for those of us who do it ourselves it's a normal thing. We know from first-hand experience that, unless the parts are damaged, it's fine.
 

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Mike T. said:
Say what? "Wheelbuilders" (those doing it for money) are smart not to re-use rims or spokes - they would be expected to give some kind of guarantee - but for those of us who do it ourselves it's a normal thing. We know from first-hand experience that, unless the parts are damaged, it's fine.
Why would you pay $70.00 to get your 1 year old inkjet printer up and running with new ink, when you can get a NEW latest technology printer with the ink in it for $80.00.

You can keep rebuilding up your used rims. When I damage one of them, I will not waste my time relacing the thing. I would cut the spokes and pull out the hub and have it relaced to a new rim and new spokes and have a warranty to go with it. I see where the Wheelbuilders are coming from. WAY more cost efficient.

I am glad I bought newer, better, lighter rims than my 2 year old mammoth rims with cheesy hubs.

BTW rims are a disposable part of the bike. don't rebend them once they are bent to save you $50.00 - 100.00 on a new rim.

We think differently, I guess. I, more like my LBS.
 

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Uncle Six Pack said:
....Also, how are spokes measured, bend-to-threads, or bend-to-end, or ???

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Being the cheapazz I am I would just replace the spokes and repack the bearings.
 

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First, I am hoping to retire this wheelset from any heavy use, hopefully getting a cheap, durable set for bike parks next year. So I am basically trying to keep this wheelset for regular riding (pretty smooth trails, but some rocks and roots, small jumps and drops) because I am too cheap to buy a nice, new light set.

So I guess my question comes down to this...

Just keep replacing individual spokes if/when they break, or relace with all new spokes (but only if the rims really are true with no tension holding them)???

Any other thoughts???
 

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OK, wow, a full new set of supercomps will be over $120 by the time they get to my door!!! That's like, what, $150 per pound?!? HAHA...I know, I shouldn't look at it that way.

Maybe I'll just buy some spares so that I can replace the two oddballs and continue replacing any others as the need arises...
 
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