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Kysirium Elite Rear Wheel
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posted 6/29/2016
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Was cleaning the bike up over the weekend and found a crack in the wheel at one spoke nipple. It's very small at about 1/2" on each side of the nipple. The wheel has about 18K on it and is about 3 1/2 years old. I've never touched the wheels except to clean and replace tires. They have been rock steady. Do y'all think this is from hitting something hard on the road or just a stress failure? Do you think it will get worse? I took a photo but I can't figure out how to post it. Thanks.

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posted 6/29/2016
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Yes, it will continue to split. Time for a new wheel.

First check the guarantee (??) then contact the manufacturer. Sometimes companies go above and beyond the "written warranty". It's good PR for them that costs them very little.

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posted 6/29/2016
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Also check with the retailer--if it was bought at Performance, REI, Nashbar or other retailer with a lifetime/forever satisfaction guarantee, they should do something for you regardless of what the manufacturer would do.



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posted 6/29/2016
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I just recently had the same happen on a Velocity Synergy rim. Velocity sent me a new one with almost no questions asked.

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posted 6/29/2016
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The wheel can also be rebuilt for about $200

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posted 6/29/2016
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I just recently had the same happen on a Velocity Synergy rim. Velocity sent me a new one with almost no questions asked.
-- posted by Thorn


Lucky you. When the same thing happened to my Stan's Alpha 340 rim out of warranty, they offered to sell me another one (or the beefier 400) for $80. I opted to spend a little bit more and got a beefier HED Belgium C2 rim.


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posted 6/30/2016
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Thanks for the replies. I'll talk to the retailer. The guy I deal with there is always responsive. He may be able to help me out.

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posted 6/30/2016
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I had the same thing happen to a Ksyrium elite, they lasted about 3 years and 20,000 miles. I just junk them and purchased a set of zipp 101, hubs failed on those at about 13,000 miles. Received a partial replacement currently running zipp 30. The zipp 30 are holding up well. I weigh 180 lb and ride about 7000 miles a year.

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posted 7/1/2016
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I checked the warranty on line. It's a two year deal. For the money they cost I want way more than what I got out of them. The wheel is still functional for my purposes but if it's going to get worse something needs to be done. If I have to get new wheels it won't be the elites. I'll see what my bike shop says and go from there.
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