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Old 04-24-06, 10:45 AM   #1
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machined & non-machined deep v's : a question of aesthetics

so, after my front wheel was destroyed in nyc i'm thinking of stepping up the timetable to getting a new wheelset. i need a machined front for my brake, and i'm tossing around the idea going non-machined in the rear... but am thinking that it would look "off".

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Old 04-24-06, 11:00 AM   #2
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I'd go it if I were you. It'll make your back wheel look like it means business. haha.
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Old 04-24-06, 11:03 AM   #3
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I'm a fan of the machined/non-machined combo. Check out Ira in Chi's Soma from the gallery:


Or, you could go with a non-machined black (or whatever) rear, machined silver front. Mismatched rims could be great, on the right bike.
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Old 04-24-06, 11:04 AM   #4
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you're going to look sooooooo dumb if you do that.

just f'in with ya, but dude, who really cares? for real.
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Old 04-24-06, 11:19 AM   #5
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aesthetics has RUINED it for me. Seriously, it's freakin' gayer than the secretary from NYPD Blue on ice!

PS - I loved his character, Sipowitz really grew as a person after the bimbo left the show.
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i don't think mismatched rims look good. but you know what? my opinion doesn't mean jack **** (though i often act like it does). just do whatever sounds good.
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so, after my front wheel was destroyed in nyc i'm thinking of stepping up the timetable to getting a new wheelset. i need a machined front for my brake, and i'm tossing around the idea going non-machined in the rear... but am thinking that it would look "off".

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Old 04-24-06, 12:05 PM   #8
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you're going to look sooooooo dumb if you do that.

just f'in with ya, but dude, who really cares? for real.
it's not the grandest of questions, i know... i'm just bored.
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If you were really tough, you'd learn to ride brakeless just so you could have matching non-machined rims. Man, where is your dedication to fashion?
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Old 04-24-06, 12:12 PM   #10
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I went w/ silver machined CXP 33s.
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im actually having the same problem as the OP. im looking to getr a deep v wheelset in pink. but i use a front brake. the machined dont look too appealing to me
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I run not-machined on both and run a brake in front. They like to squeak allot when I brake. I have rubbed a black strip around the rim from my brake pads. I love the non-machine look.
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Old 04-24-06, 12:58 PM   #14
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I have a machined/non-machined combo in silver on my bike and it only looks a little mis-matched (prob more cause one rim is much older than the other). But its not enough to bother me.

[I'd take a picture for you but I don't have a digital camera]

But theres no shame in having two machine rims.
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i have nonmachined front and rear, and i run a brake in front. it's ok if you just stick with unpainted silver. looks great.
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i have two black machined deep v's on one of my bikes. the day i got them i got a paint pen, colored the macined part of the rims, and still ran a front brake. the black wore a little off eventually, but as soon as it bothers me ill just repaint it. it looks a little different than non machined but oh well,. no ones ever called me on it b4.
just an idea thats worth a shot
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I run not-machined on both and run a brake in front. They like to squeak allot when I brake. I have rubbed a black strip around the rim from my brake pads. I love the non-machine look.
+1...it actually matches my setup more than running a machined front would have

although i pretty much had no stopping power this weekend...but then again how often do you ride in torrential downpours at full throttle?
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ive got a non machined black rear and a white machined front on a yellow bike. took me a while to get used to it but i dig it now
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took me a while to get used to it but i dig it now
Me too. It was sort of a tough decision, I really like the non machined look. Ultimately logic prevailed and I went with function (& safety) over style. It ended up looking pretty good too since silver and black is my color scheme anyhow. (see above pic. in post #7)
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i have nonmachined front and rear, and i run a brake in front. it's ok if you just stick with unpainted silver. looks great.
Same setup here. I run the salmon-colored Kool Stop brake pads. No sqealing. No back strip.

However, I would have gone with the machined front/non-machined rear had the non machined set not been in stock & on sale. Functional.
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Old 04-24-06, 04:18 PM   #21
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I'd go with non-machined sidewalls for that sleek look with disk brakes to retain the stopping power!
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What is the difference between machined/non machined? i have an IRO wheelset but have no clue if it's machined or not.
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one has a smooth surface that has been machined to provide maximum friction. The other doesn't. Older rims weren't machined but everything is now for a reason: it provide much more stopping power. If get really nice pads and you never ride in the rain you can get by with non-machined. How any aesthetic detail that minor would be worth sacrificing safety is beyond me but people also ride without brakes sooooo.
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Is the whole surface of the wheel or just the part that the brake pads run along? here are mine:



yeah i know my chain is slack.
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just the braking surface.
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