How To Change A Spoke On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Maintenance

How To Change A Spoke On Your Mountain Bike | MTB Maintenance


– Replacing a spoke can be
one of those really annoying but it’s such an easy task. In my case, I actually
rode through a bush, a stick got caught in the
wheel and snapped the spoke. It could come down to fatigue that you need to replace that spoke, and in this video we’re gonna show you just how easy it is to
replace a spoke in your wheel. So the tools that you’re
gonna need to carry this out are gonna be your
replacement spoke and nipple, a range of different keys, these are all dependent upon your nipple and then depending on that nipple, you can either have a
spoke driver, a threader or even just, if you’re hacking it, you can use a flat-bladed screwdriver. (light music) So to make this just a
little bit easier for myself, what I’ve actually done
is I’ve prepared the rim. So I’ve taken off the tyre, I’ve taken off the rim strip
to make this wheel tubeless and then I’ve taken off the
cassette and the disc roter. Now, what that is gonna
do is just allow me to have a lot more space and
actually putting the spoke actually through the eyelet of the hub and then into the rim
and putting the nipple and putting it all back together, will just be so much easier
without all that on there. (upbeat music) Okay, so now it comes time to
actually fit that new spoke. Now, on my wheel, this is
a straight-pull spoke wheel so you can actually see that the eyelets are almost stamped where
you’re gonna put that spoke in. Now, some other ones
is slightly different, where they might have a normal flange that is totally circular
with holes drilled in and that is when you have to be careful about which spoke direction goes, whether it’s coming from the
inside or from the outside. In my case, I’m just gonna find that hole, poke the spoke through and
then we’re gonna take a look at how the threads are done
and where it crosses over, two and then under three. (light music) Okay, so popping that spoke in, let me just find where
it goes, there we go and now this is really the crucial part, that gives that wheel
the structural integrity. As I was saying, it has to go, in my case, under two, so there we go, one, two, and then just pulling it through,
it goes over the last one, up towards where the hole is gonna go and then we’ll get that
nipple in in a second just once we get this fully threaded in. So now that we’ve got that spoke correctly through the wheel, we’ve got laced over the
other spokes correct, it’s time to drop the nipple
actually into the rim itself and I’ve got a really handy little hack that I’m gonna show you guys and this, is you can actually use your broken bit of your old spoke, thread it onto the other end of the nipple that actually comes through the hole and then you can actually just poke that and pop it into the rim itself
and you won’t be bothered by actually dropping the nipple in here, which can be an absolute
nightmare to try and get out. So you can just pop that in, there we go. Okay, so we’ve got the
spoke into the rim itself, it’s now just time to remove that, and then we’re gonna attach that nipple onto the spoke, we’re gonna
use a special tool to do that. You could, at this point, if you’ve got a more general spoke, this
is when you’ll be using your flat headed screwdriver. Okay, so that’s the spoke
back attached to the nipple, I’ve loosely tightened
it up using my driver and now it is time to
actually use my spoke key and we’re just gonna tension
that up just a little bit more. We’re not gonna do it too tight though, we’re just gonna make sure that
it’s snugly fitted together cos we’re gonna put it
into the Truing Stand to make sure that the wheel
is in the right condition and that there’s not any side
to side or up to down wobble but this, being a carbon rim, there shouldn’t be any of that. So there we go, the spoke is fitted and now that all remains
is to put it in the stand and get it trued up. Don’t forget to subscribe to GMBN and if you want to watch a
vide on how to true that wheel then click right here and if you want to know how
to take that cassette off then click down here. Of course, leave all
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