After around 17,000 or so kilometers (10,600miles) without a single broken spoke, my rear wheel decided it was time to get some new parts.
On the first day of our 7 day route in the Urumqi area two my spokes literally tore off the hub. Not the best start to this part of the trip especially with a potential 100km of rough dirt road ahead.
All I could do is zip tie the dangling spokes together and hope that the wheel stayed intact.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depends on how you look at it we ended up changing our route due to poor weather and stayed on smoother roads.
Thanks to the Giant team near our hostel (Silver Birches) in Urumqi all is whole with my bike again.