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Hope 3s with Stans ZTR355 - nipples constantly loosening!

Richard-DublinRichard-Dublin Posts: 99
edited May 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
I bought new wheels from Hope at the end of last seaon - Hope 3s with Stans ZTR355 rims. They are fitted to my Epic Marathon which is used only for XC and never hammered. I notice that since I bought the wheels Hope have put a suggested rider weight limit of 85kgs - I'm approx 90kgs! My problem is that the spoke nipples are constantly loosening - every 2-3 rides a couple of spokes will be "hanging off" the rear wheel and it will have to be re-tightened/trued! The rims are in perfect condition.
I have Mavic Crossrides on my Boardman hacker and DT Swiss EX 1750s on my S-Works SJ both of which are ridden much harder than the Epic and they never give me any grief!
Should the nipples be loctited? All advice appreciated!


  • abarth_1200abarth_1200 Posts: 370
    I think the nipples are meant to be greased/oiled which actually increases surface friction ensuring they will stay put.

    Also did they come with a warranty, try contacting Hope or whoever you bought them from
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