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Old 09-11-06, 08:51 AM   #1
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Small problem with rim on Speed P8

While i was out of town, my Dahon Speed P8 developed on the rear tire.
The leak was on the rim side and was caused by a burr or a piece of
metal flake on the spoke hole.

This bothers me for 2 reasons, first the manufacture of the rim did not
bother to de-burr the drilled hole and second, that the rim liner was
of poor quality, insufficient size and poor installation. the rim liner was
a cheap plastic liner that did NOT cover the spoke holes properly.

The fix was easy, I simply removed the old liner, de-burred the holes
and installed a duck-tape derrived rim liner.

It's really not a huge problem but I pisses me off that something so simple
was neglected on this bike.

Here are a couple of shots.

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Old 09-11-06, 01:33 PM   #2
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I also got a rim side flat on my p8 within couple days after I received it. I put on a better rim tape and problem solved.
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Old 09-11-06, 03:17 PM   #3
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My Vitesse D5 arrived with rims so out of true, so I trued them myself on a wheel stand. I immediately realized that some spokes were badly turned and the nipples worn out, before I touched them! So I had to use different sizes of nipple wrenches to grab the unworn part to turn the spoke. I'm not very impressed by the way my bike was assembled when I opened the box. In a few weeks I can learn all the skills to start a Dahon service shop... thanks to all the annoying problems! (Ok, the problem wasn't just rims... brakes were badly misadjusted, and so was the gear shifter cable. Then screws fell off from the seatpost pump and magnetix...)

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Old 09-11-06, 03:55 PM   #4
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Same deal with punctures on my VD5 as well. The rim strip is actually a recycled tube cut and glued together. Talk about cutting corners.
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Old 09-11-06, 04:43 PM   #5
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I broke several spokes on the rear wheel of my Mariner D7; fortunately Dahon shipped a replacement wheel. From what I've picked up, Dahon's general wheel quality is a bit lacking....
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Old 09-11-06, 07:13 PM   #6
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we meet the same problem in China, it seems not very serious, but rather boring.

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