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Old 07-07-08, 09:54 PM   #1
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Pista Rims

According to my LBS the stock pista rims will warp the geometry of bike - pretty sure it's BS. What's you guy's input?
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Old 07-07-08, 09:56 PM   #2
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Maybe they meant, the rims that come on the pista warp/go out of true easily.
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Even if that's the case, is there any merit to that?
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yes,

cheap wheels that are made by machines tend to go out of true(develop a wobble) easily, there is no way that they could damage the frame
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Frames warping from a type of rim/wheel has no merit. The wheels that were spec'd on a stock build, yes.

The rims on the pista are not exactly the greatest rims out there. Toasted the rear wheel 5 months in here on mine. The front went 1 week later. And I'm also generally easy on my equipment.
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Any particular wheelset you guys recommend? Not too familiar with the fixed gear stuff. I have a set of Campagnolo Khasims here, but from my road bike.
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I'd put the money down on a handbuilt set, they tend to last longer, or if you are motivated enough, get a set of good rims, a good set of track hubs, get the measurements and build the wheels up yourself.
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Should I just ride on the stock rims for now, until they go out of true or change them our ASAP? Just got the bike a couple days ago.
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Ride the wheels for awhile and save the new wheelset for a winter project, unless the stock wheels fail before winter comes.
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I rode a stock set of Alex rims and beat the **** out of them and regret selling them. I even taco'd the front wheel in an accident and fixed them and loved them. It depends how picky you are.
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You fixed a tacoed wheel? Apparently you and I have a different definition of tacoed.
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I'm sorry, I used the term lightly. An SUV stopped suddenly in the middle of the road and I hit it and it bent enough where the wheel wouldn't travel in the fork. It was bad, but wouldn't exactly resemble a classic taco shape.
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So more like a tortilla chip then.


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yeah, sorry for the confusion. either way it sucked/hurt.
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According to my LBS the stock pista rims will warp the geometry of bike - pretty sure it's BS. What's you guy's input?
It's BS. The wheel diameter is exactly the same, so what difference can there be? The only real difference between road rims and pista rims is that there is no braking surface on the pista rim.
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