markbxr400 Posted January 24 Report Share Posted January 24 (edited) I found a great deal on a new 2017 Montesa 300RR (already have the identical bike, so just swapping to a new one). The great deal came with one flaw. The tubeless rim hoop on the rear had a couple of spoke tabs that were broken, where it appears the wheel must have been struck. Spokes were all good, hub was good, so just needed a new rim hoop. I tried to buy an entire wheel assembly, but US Honda, Partzilla and others all show the replacement wheel is one backorder, with no estimated date of availability. I was able to find an OEM rim hoop, so ordered and received it. Also bought a truing stand. So tonight, I removed the wheel off the bike, removed the tire. I took measurements and also got the factory specs for offset, spoke torque, etc. I zip-tied spoke pairs together, then used 4 colors of tape, numbering from 1 to 32 starting at the valve stem. Planning to reuse existing spokes as the bike is brand new. As I started loosening spokes, it became obvious that I cannot simply loosen all the turn buckles until they come off, as all of the spokes grow and there is not enough room on the straight (hub) side for the spokes to simply slide through as they lengthen, because they hit adjoining spokes. What is the trick with this style spoke? Only way I can think to do this is to loosen only the spokes that fan in one direction, while either leaving alone (or even tightening) the spokes fanning the other direction, until half the turnbuckles can be removed, then loosen the opposite half of the spokes. Before I continue further, thought I'd check to see if someone here has actually done one of these wheels and knows the trick. Many thanks for any help. Edited February 22 by markbxr400 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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