So I guess this wheel is done
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    So I guess this wheel is done

    I just discovered this on my Shimano WH-R600 wheel set's rear rim. They have exactly 10,000 miles on them. I've had them for two years, I'm guessing they're out of warranty.
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    Put that wheel to bed and celebrate its good life.

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    A rebuild will be cheaper than a new wheel.
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    Thanks. And of course I just re-did the hubs. This might seem like a stupid question - I understand why I don't want to use it on the road, but I don't see that there'd be any real danger using it on a trainer?

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    I know someone here who breaks his Shimano rear rim every year, and Shimano has been really good about giving him a new wheel... worth a try I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_John
    Thanks. And of course I just re-did the hubs. This might seem like a stupid question - I understand why I don't want to use it on the road, but I don't see that there'd be any real danger using it on a trainer?
    You could use it on the trainer as long as it is relatively true. A crack like that could be caused by stress and the crack itself has probably relieved the stress. It won't get better though. Better to have it fail while clamped in a trainer. What kind of trainer? I have an Elite that still puts alot of weight on the rear wheel.

    I would try the shimano route to see if you can get a new rim/wheel.
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    Agree with Grumpy. Have it rebuild with a better rim, the reviews seem to indicate these crack a lot.

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    I agree. No need to waste money buying a whole new wheel. Just get a rim.
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    I don't think you can expect Shimano to replace it after 2 years/10,000 miles on it! Sounds like you got good value for money, especially because this particular wheelset is known to sometimes fail exactly as described in your picture.

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    warranty info


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    Sounds like a candidate for some great neuvations. LOL.

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    It won't hurt to ask

    Dr. John,

    It wouldn't hurt to ask the folks you bought it from if it is still under warranty. If you purchased it from the LBS they might well take care of it for you.

    Heck, I purchased a 2004 Trek 5900 and the LBS has replaced the Bonti Race X Lites for me now twice. The first one broke the hub and they sent me two new wheels. This second set had several areas on the rear rim beginning to crack and they're replacing it.

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    JB weld it!

    At least ask shimano for some help, maybe a discount/free rim,whole wheel could come of it.

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    Quick question, Shimano has the nipples at the hub, can you use any normal rim or are there special ones with special straight spokes? Has anybody built a wheel with inverted nipples?

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    Quote Originally Posted by threesportsinone
    Quick question, Shimano has the nipples at the hub, can you use any normal rim or are there special ones with special straight spokes? Has anybody built a wheel with inverted nipples?
    no, rims for spokes at the hubs have smaller holes.

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    Thanks for all the responses.

    For the majority of the type of riding I'm doing, they've been great. I've never busted a spoke, or had to have them trued. I re-packed the hubs not because they needed to be, but I had accidentally loosened the cones, so I figured I'd go ahead and do it (I've never done it before). They still spin and feel great. They certainly haven't been abused, and I'm a pretty light rider (140-145 lbs).

    It's still true. I have no idea how long it's been like that, but I would suspect not long. My intent is to use it now on my trainer (CycleOps 2 fluid).

    These were the original wheels that came on my 2006 Roubaix Expert, so it's easy enough to run it by the dealer I bought the bike from. The warranty on the bike from Specialized and Ultegra-level stuff from Shimano is one year, so I'm not expecting much. As hockinsk mentions, this was a known problem with either the similar 105-level wheels or the previous year's version of this level wheel (don't remember which), but I thought I had heard that the issue had been resolved on this set. Maybe Shimano will come through.

    Again, thanks.

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