Cat 6 rider
I bought a Specialized Sequoia in January. It’s got Alex AT-400 rims with 14 gauge steel spokes. After about 500 miles one of the spokes (rear wheel, drive side) broke at the hub. It happened while I was spinning on flat even ground at about 17 MPH. The LBS mechanic replaced the spoke and got the wheel amazingly true. That was about 200 miles ago. I rode the bike on Saturday, put it on its stand, and strangely, actually checked the wheel for true before walking away. It was still near perfect. I go to ride it on Sunday and notice a warp in the wheel as I walk up to it. It hasn’t been off the stand, but there’s a spoke broken at the hub. It went during the night with zero weight on the wheel. It’s not the same spoke- still the drive side, but 90 degrees away from the one that went before. Is this just teething pain on a new bike? Two defective spokes that went within a short time of one another, or do I have some problem with the factory or with the guy setting up/repairing the bike? The one thing that makes me a little suspicious is that when I took it in with the first broken spoke the mechanic said, “After you break three you should have the wheel re-laced,” as if in his experience it was common to break three spokes. I didn't question him on it, but before that one I'd never broken a spoke before.