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Old 05-09-08, 08:12 PM   #1
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Something sounds loose inside my brand new wheel?

Just picked up brand new pair of Fulcrum3 racing wheels.
Before doing anything to them, put both in truing stand to check them out (still no tires mounted)
The rear wheel (only) made a sound in the stand. Holding my ear up to the wheel while rotating it either in the stand, or in my hands, something sound like it is freely moving with gravity around the inside of the rim. It sounds very small. Im certain the sound is not coming from the hub. The wheel appears true and round.

http://www.fulcrumwheels.com/jspfulc...=en&world=road

Is this normal?
Should I return it to LBS where purchased?
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Return it. It's probably not a safety issue, but it will drive you crazy. It's either a piece of flashing from the rim manufacturing process, or an extra nipple roaming around in there. Maybe they'll be able to shake it out of the valve hole, maybe not.
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Remove the rim tape and shake the wheel until something falls out. Most likely, there is a piece of flash from the rim drilling still in the rim.
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Remove the rim tape and shake the wheel until something falls out. Most likely, there is a piece of flash from the rim drilling still in the rim.
The rim bed is not drilled. Therefore there is no rim tape.
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Return it. It's probably not a safety issue, but it will drive you crazy. It's either a piece of flashing from the rim manufacturing process, or an extra nipple roaming around in there. Maybe they'll be able to shake it out of the valve hole, maybe not.
The valve hole has completely solid walls. Therefore I can't see any way to extricate this object.
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I noticed a similar rattling on a used set of wheels I bought...after a minute of shaking to no avail, I mounted the tires and forgot about it until I read this thread. Guess it wasn't loud enough to hear while riding...
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The rim bed is not drilled. Therefore there is no rim tape.
Congratulations on saving four grams. I see in another post you say there is no access to the rim interior, even thru the valve hole. In that case you just need to send them back and cross your fingers on the next pair.
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