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More followup, I went to my local Trek dealer and they warrentied the rear rim. Unfortunaley they could not get an direct replacements. I got the list price in credit, but this was still $30 short of the replacement cost. Modifing the 135 hub was a real chore for the mechanic, but there was little alternative in the size range. I had a flat this morning on the front and noticed 2 small cracks by the eyelets. Looks like it is time to get another rim built. 4300 mi. Cheers

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I now have 4100 miles on my Portland now. See earlier post. Wheels have definitely been the only weak point on this bike. In the last two months, I have sunk $70 into truing wheels and they are already out of true again. I looked yesterday and noticed stress fractures by most of the spoke holes on the back rim. The front rim is also showing signs of stress. So today, I looked into a new rear and this is pretty hard to do. The hub on the bike is a 24 spoke, disk specific and 130 mm. Very few companies make an alternate 32 or 36 hole hub. So I either have to replace with the same thing, rebuild with some other 24 hole rim or modify a 135. Given my weight, 210, I opted to build up a 32 hole rime with a 135 mm mountain hub. It cost me $30 more than the Bontrager replacement, but should be a much stronger rim that lasts longer than 4000 mi. Just be aware, that the wheels on this bike are somewhat proprietary and under sized for a touring/commuter bike. Same would go for the other urban bikes Trek uses these rims on.

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