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Not impressed by WTB Comp rims (OEM for Dahon).

Old 11-18-20, 04:35 PM
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Not impressed by Dahon OEM rims.

I got my first folding bicycle today. A Dahon Speed9. For the most part it is nice, but I have to say that I've never before seen rims that have such roughly-joined seams. Not even on a Huffy BMX have I seen such low quality in this regard. The specs list says that these are Comp rims by WTB. I foresee these seams tearing up the brake shoes. Does anyone know of a good remedy for this? A focused application of sandpaper?

Edit: It actually exists on just one rim, the front. Still a problem though.

Second Edit: Actually I was right the first time. Both rims have a pronounced seam. The one on the front wheel just happens to be the worst of the two.

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Old 11-19-20, 07:42 AM
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If it is a new-from-dealer/shop bike, warranty/service claim perhaps?
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Old 11-19-20, 08:18 AM
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I would agree if its new use the warranty to replace it as you paid for it. If its used look for a replacement wheel/rim. Roger
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Old 11-20-20, 08:26 AM
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I suspect that it's not just the rims on the bicycle sent to me. The rims have been produced to appear as if they have a machined brake track. I suspect that there's nothing I can do about it, other than to return the bicycle for a refund. The replacement wheels that they would send me would still have the problem, because they don't see it as a problem (otherwise they wouldn't have produced them with a seam).


Let this be a warning to those bicyclists interested in trying a folding bicycle for the first time. The new paradigm seems to be that if the promo doesn't list 'machined brake track', you might be receiving low-quality rims. It's new to me, at least. Never before, regardless of the quality of the bicycle, have I felt the need to ensure that rims would have a machined brake track. Now I do, unfortunately.
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Old 11-20-20, 09:34 PM
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I actually am not even sure what brand/model of rims these are. They're the ones that Dahon put on the bicycle. I tried to change the title of this thread to reflect this but that attempt apparently failed.



ThorUSA says that their Dahon Speed 9 bicycles come with CNC machined rims. So people in the USA should order the bicycle directly from them, not from Dahon.



I'm off, to buy new wheels so that my new bicycle can properly function.
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