I forgot to mention, the claims of poor quality was on new rims by Velocity, end of 2009, not on rims older than 1 year.
I just read a thread in the bike mechanics forum about the quality problems with Velocity Deep V's. Poster mentioned problems with the weld but I being a strong believer in the Deep V checked out the rim I just bought about a month or two ago. That and I was wondering if my wheel was junk.
I believe Clifton wanted to post the thread claims here.
So I did a little investigating and comparison myself being a quality control inspector.
I took my calipers and gripped the weld/seam with th flat edges of the jaws, no gaps as claimed in the poor quality post. I checked the ends of the cuts along the extrusion, everything is perpendicular, no gap, no uneven cuts. I also checked the flatness at the weld/seam on a flat surface, no gaps as claimed. I even looked at the seam/weld at teh braking surface in the bright sunlight to see if I could find any low points, voids, deformities etc. NOTHING!
I looked at the seam along the braking surface and what I could see on the rim, no gaps, nice and smooth, very even. I looked at the inside of the rim at the weld, very nice and nothing out of the ordinary comapared to several other rims I've seen. Actually much better than the Mavic rim I inspected along with teh Deep V. You will see th pics below and agree the Velocity Deep V is much nicer at the seam than the Mavic rim. Imagine what the inside of the Mavic rim looks like compared to the V as at this point, the V look that much better on the inside also. IMO, the Mavic looks like junk compared to the Deep V and Mavic is/was the standard in rims atone point.
First off, the MAVIC RIM so taht you get an idea of how good the Deep V really looks. This is the seam/weld, looks like poop! I tried to get eh pics inside of another rim , which also looks just as bad but the camera didn't pick it up well enough to show.
The Deep V seam/weld on the rim I wore out after 20,000 miles. Nice even seam, no big ugly gaps like the Mavic. THis is after 20,000 miles.
But claims are being made against new Deep V which I happen to have. Looking at the rim from the side (not good picture but) in the sunlight, you can see the seam on the braking surface is very nice and smooth, no high edges, raised edges, bumps gap or inconsistencies like made in the post claiming poor quality.
I placed arrows so that you would know where the seam is otherwise, you wouln't have known it was there.
I also took my calipers and placed the flat edges and saw none of the discrepancies the other poster mentioned. I also placed it on a flat surface, nothing! If the pic looks a little crooked, there were no gaps, maybe cause I was trying to hold the rim and calipers with my left and shooting the pic with my right, hehe!
Believe me, the cuts were straight/ perpendicular and even, no long sides or edges on the extrusion as claimed. Nothing more than a couple little weld beads ground down which is evident on most rims.
I wish I could have gotten a clear pic of the Mavic rim from the inside, clearly junk compared to the Deep V, just look at the outside picture of the Mavic above!
My advice is to get a good look at the rim if you are buying anew V. I see no problems and never had any but like with an other rim, inspect it along the seam/weld. But that's any rim purchased or built.
Otherwise, I'll keep my faith in the V till I see otherwise. Every company has problems at one point or another. It's how they handle their customers' issues that makes a difference. I haven't seen anything yet or had problems with Velocity. Asa matter of fac, I've emailed reps beofre asking for dealer locations and stock, They responded very quickly which leads me to believe me that if I do ever have aproblem, I'll be able to contact them on the issue.
No, I don't work for Velocity, just had great results with their product while so many others have failed.
Note: Remember, the durabilty of a rim alo has to do with the builder, I actually paid a builder $100 to build a wheel that failed after 40 miles. I rebuilt it myself "for free" and it's also got over 20,000 miles!