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Old 03-23-08, 10:18 PM
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Bad wheel(s) karma?

More of question of if I just have rotten luck or is this likely.

Anyway, short version wheel set #1 developed a problem on Saturday a week ago. When applying the front brake a cliking sound came from the rim. Once every rev, so it must be out of true or something. Get the thing on a truing stand, perfect. Pull tire and tube and the rim had a small hop at the weld joint.
Pull that in and sand down the weld joint a bit for good measure. Put it back on the road and working fine.

Can not stand winter any more and pull bike number #2 out today for a short ride. The wheels on this one are Fulcrum 5's with less than 300 miles since new. 3 miles in to the ride, Good Greif Charlie Brown, the same thing develops. Back home, same maintence as above, and the same problem. A small rim hop.

I am not even close to the clydesdale class, 144 according to the scale. Also did not hit any potholes that I can remember on either ride.

I am writing the whole thing off as a case of s**t happens.
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Old 03-23-08, 10:25 PM
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It is not uncommon to have some discontinuity at the rim joint and have a small ticking sound when braking. Maybe you are just noticing it for the first time after taking a break from riding??
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Just one of the reasons that I go for good quality wheels is that the rim join is welded and machine true after welding- But I would have thought Fulcrum rims be be of this type.
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Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
Just one of the reasons that I go for good quality wheels is that the rim join is welded and machine true after welding- But I would have thought Fulcrum rims be be of this type.
The first wheel to go south was a hand built with Velocity rim, 24 ss spokes, and American Classic micro 58 hub. About 1000 miles on the wheel. Not a department store wheel! But things do need maintained.

The Fulcrum 5 wheel really threw me for a loop. Same 24 spoke setup. I would consider both of these wheels in the bombproof class for my riding weight. And if I had smashed into a curb or pothole I could understand the problems.
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