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GB 02-21-2005 12:20 PM

Replacing spokes on GS wheel
 
I keep reading how the design of the GS wheel allows you to replace spokes on the go, without remvoing the rubber. My questions are:

Is it possible to break or damage a spoke without also damaging the rim? If my spoke is broken or damaged, won't I have bigger things to worry about?

Is it really realistic to damage only a spoke, without damaging the rim? If so, how?

I'm not being flip here, I'm just trying to learn.

Pugnacious 02-21-2005 01:34 PM

I had one rear spoke break on my 2002 R1150GS with no other damage and it was replaced in the matter of just a few minutes.

MikeB 02-21-2005 03:37 PM

I broke a rear spoke, too, just snapped off at the flanged head. No rim damage. Screwed a new one in in seconds. Now I always carry a spare.

inyang 02-21-2005 11:13 PM

tools and technique
 
Could you describe how to tighten up the spokes?
What tool do you use? (plier on spoke body and torx at head?)

mitch 02-22-2005 02:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by inyang
Could you describe how to tighten up the spokes?
What tool do you use? (plier on spoke body and torx at head?)

With a spoke spanner :thumb most bike shops will have them :nod

MikeB 02-22-2005 06:40 AM

Just a torx. You might have to hold the spoke shaft with pliers until there's enough tension to keep it from turning, but I just held it with my fingers. Once it snugs a little it won't turn.

Mully 02-22-2005 07:01 AM

Not so fast, boys. There's a set screw in each 'nipple' - 2mm hex key as I recall. There's a torque spec for the nipple and once it's seated, the set screw is locked-down to prevent loosening.

http://mully.smugmug.com/photos/16315662-M.jpg

mully

rtrider 02-22-2005 07:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mully
Not so fast, boys. There's a set screw in each 'nipple' - 2mm hex key as I recall. There's a torque spec for the nipple and once it's seated, the set screw is locked-down to prevent loosening.

http://mully.smugmug.com/photos/16315662-M.jpg

mully

why is it not permitted to replace more than one spoke?:scratch

MikeB 02-22-2005 07:25 AM

Quote:

Not so fast, boys. There's a set screw in each 'nipple' - 2mm hex key as I recall. There's a torque spec for the nipple and once it's seated, the set screw is locked-down to prevent loosening.
Well then, my 02 1150GS must be a one-off model, because I don't know what you are talking about and neither do my spokes. Maybe the 650s have a different system.

inyang 02-22-2005 09:04 AM

No set screw in my wheels either (12GS), just the torx head.

BajaJim 02-22-2005 03:35 PM

My '01 1150GS has the set screws. They are tiny and hard to see. I read about them somewhere, maybe the booklet that came with the bike. Otherwise, I would never have guessed they were there.

configurationspace 02-22-2005 04:08 PM

There's no set-screws on my 2003 1150 GS. I bought extra spokes and nipples, too, and no set screws there, either.

I don't see the need for the "spoke spanner" either. You just put the spoke into the nipple and tighten -- the tension stops the other end from spinning.

Bronco Billy 02-23-2005 02:54 AM

Rode off with a "D" lock still in my front wheel. Bent Two spokes but sprung the Oxford lock open. Replaced the spokes (with grub screws in). Use an old spoke as a tuning fork with other spokes to get spot on tension.

yee haaa!

inyang 02-24-2005 04:35 AM

Checked, there is a set screw in the nipple (05 12GS wheel).

Args 02-24-2005 04:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rtrider
why is it not permitted to replace more than one spoke?:scratch

Coz at 2+ you start to get into issues with tension and dish on the wheel, and you need to get them set up properly, or you risk damage to the wheel.


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