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Spoke breakages on Rohloff Hubs

Posted By: dave whitney
Date: 14 May 2006

We bought a Thorn Discovery Tandem with Rohloff Hub and upgraded Mavic Ceramic Rims from SJS Cycles last September. The bike itself is great and especially the Rohloff gears; we love them. However on a fully loaded camping trip to New Zealand through the winter we had two separate rear wheel spoke breakages. On our return home SJS Cycles did rebuild the wheel for us and also advised us that this was the first report they had had of Tandem spoke breakages with Rohloff hubs.We rode about 5,000kms in NZ. We have just returned from riding 1200kms in Ireland and have had another 2 separate spoke breakages, both at the nipple end.Has anybody else with Rohloff Hubs experienced spoke breakages? We are not heavy riders nor do we ride 'roughly' athough it has to be said Ireland sure does have some bumpy roads! We haven't had a spoke breakage on any of our solos for 20years.

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