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Old 12-23-2018, 09:56 AM   #1
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Broken RAD Mfg. spoke - interchangeability or local source?

Found a broken spoke on my supermoto rear wheel for my '08 Beta 525 RS.
It's a Rad Mfg. hub and Excel Takasago rim. Spokes are 4.4mm thick and I think 180mm.
Looks like Woody's Wheelworks would have them but wondering if there is a compatible spoke (Excel, KTM oem, etc.) or if there's a place in the Bay Area that might have one.
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:55 AM   #2
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Wheel Works in Hayward always worth an ask.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/wheel-works...e-shop-hayward
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Old 12-23-2018, 11:13 AM   #3
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Wheel Works in Hayward always worth an ask.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/wheel-works...e-shop-hayward
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Old 12-23-2018, 05:06 PM   #4
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I'd stick with an exact replacement. Sometimes this can be important.

Or ask those who made the wheel.
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Old 12-23-2018, 05:33 PM   #5
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I'd stick with an exact replacement. Sometimes this can be important.

Or ask those who made the wheel.
RAD manufacturing went out of business a couple years ago. I'm interested if Hayward wheel works can supply replacements. I'm sure I'm bound to break a spoke on my rad/excel wheels.
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:47 PM   #6
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RAD manufacturing went out of business a couple years ago. I'm interested if Hayward wheel works can supply replacements. I'm sure I'm bound to break a spoke on my rad/excel wheels.
I'll let you know what I find out. Apparently Woody's bought out their remaining stock, or so the interweb rumors say.
It's nice stuff. Shame they went under.
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:14 PM   #7
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Visited Chris at Wheel Works today.
The guy is the wheel whisperer. He didn't have a spoke that was right so he cut a longer one, threaded it and installed it. Then he trued both wheels and dialed in spoke torque (all by feel).

The shop is cool, like a combination between a museum, a salvage yard and a barn find.
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Visited Chris at Wheel Works today.
The guy is the wheel whisperer. He didn't have a spoke that was right so he cut a longer one, threaded it and installed it.
Yea.

Spoke wheel technology not rocket science.

Just gotta know what you're doing.
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