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    Filling in Mavic wear indicator channels?

    I just got a wheelset with Open Sport hoops. I don't much like the wear indicator channels in the rim sides. I expect the wear indicators to be like those on my two-year-old Alex rims -- a dark area that extends a some distance into the rim. I certainly didn't expect to have circular ditches in the brake surface.

    Has anyone had luck filling these channels with any softer-than-aluminum substance? I'd like to do that both for aesthetics and for more even brake pad wear.

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    Peter

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    first time you stop, that channel will fill up with brake rubber, and be a 'dark area that extends some distance into the rim'.

    /me shrugs...

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    Get over it and just ride the bike.

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    You could attempt to fill them in with aluminum (brazing I'd assume) or just epoxy. Regardless of what you do, you will not have a permanent solution, be happy with the look, weight gain , time involved, money or compromising the rim's integrity. If you don't want the wear indicators, get a pair of CXP 33's. Dont, waste your time or money

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Get over it and just ride the bike.
    That's a bit of a harsh statement but has a lot of merit. There is no way to safely and effectively fill in those groves. As clydeosaur recommended, CXP-33 rims don't have the wear grooves so fitting them would be an effective, if expensive, solution.

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    Yeah, huge waste of effort. If seeing the groove makes your OCD flare up, spend the money on a visit to your psychiatrist, not worthless parts replacements or modifications.

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    +2 Get over the look.

    The wear channels will have no negative impact on brake pad wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    There is no way to safely and effectively fill in those groves.
    Thanks, that's what I needed to know.

    Quote Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
    The wear channels will have no negative impact on brake pad wear.
    Thanks.

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