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Old 02-21-2005, 12:20 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 02-21-2005, 01:34 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 02-21-2005, 03:37 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 02-21-2005, 11:13 PM   #4
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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?)
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Old 02-22-2005, 02:34 AM   #5
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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 most bike shops will have them
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Old 02-22-2005, 06:40 AM   #6
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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.
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