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Old 01-16-17, 10:46 AM
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alloy disc wheelsets

I got a CX bike and was shopping around for a new alloy wheelset with disc brakes. I came across a few sets with alloy rims that were made for bikes with rim brakes therefore have a machined braking surface sidewall mated with disc brake hubs. I like an all black wheelset.

My question is do you think this looks weird? It sort of reminds me of having white sidewall on car tires vs blackwall tires. I'm sure they will perform flawlessly but looks wise might be odd with that shiney sidewall with a shiney disc. I'm sure you could have it painted/powder coated etc but that might be an extra cost.

Your thoughts?
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Get a disc specific wheelset. Rim brake rims are going to be unnecessarily heavy and look strange with a silver sidewall on a black rim with disc brakes.
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I have disc brakes and just bought a new wheel set for my bike
I went with Alloy
Boyd Altimonts
Look fantastic and have a lot of great reviews. I haven't had a chance to ride on them yet but
Im sure I will like them.
Pete's Wheels where I got them custom made.
Great guy to deal and talk with. Price was fair also.
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You worry to much about what it looks like ..

V cross section rims don't collect dirt on the top like box rims .
in cyclocross racing... build with velocity rims if that is a concern...


Or not .. opinions differ ..

Benefit build 1 wheel both customers can use, leave it up to them what brake type they want to use.




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When I read the thread title I thought it was going to be about a solid alloy disc wheel.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Or not .. opinions differ ..

Benefit build 1 wheel both customers can use, leave it up to them what brake type they want to use.
Jack of all trades, master of none.
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I run sun CR 18 406 32 hole rims on a disc Bike Friday Pocket Llama no issues here ..
obsess on boys .. add more carbon! you love that stuff right?

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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot
Rim brake rims are going to be unnecessarily heavy.
Not by much, if at all. The orientation of the brake tracks means they're very good at providing strength for the rim. The material removed by lowering the brake track portion of the rim profile tends to end up elsewhere to retain strength.
Last time I checked, the way to save weight was by buying an expensive disc-specific rim.
A Stans would save you some. An Alexrims disc-specific - not really.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
CR 18 406 32 hole on disc bike friday pocket Llama no issues here ..
obcess on boys .. more carbon!
Can you translate that into English?
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sun cr 18 die. then pick the size.
extrusions come out straight, ..
cut to the right length , roll in a circle.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
When I read the thread title I thought it was going to be about a solid alloy disc wheel.
Me too. I was disappointed.
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Originally Posted by shafter
Me too. I was disappointed.
And with all the crazy stuff you see on BF these days, we had every right to expect that is what the thread would be about.
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Originally Posted by dabac
An Alexrims disc-specific - not really.
Got these now. This is the reason for the upgrade...

Well, seems like they are coming out with new disc only rims more often now due to the industry trying to push disc brakes on the roadie bikes. I think I have time and will continue to shop around till I find something I like within my budget.
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Originally Posted by RockiesDad
...I came across a few sets with alloy rims that were made for bikes with rim brakes therefore have a machined braking surface sidewall mated with disc brake hubs...do you think this looks weird?

I really wouldn't think twice about it.


If I had a real enough need for another wheelset, I'd happily ride them myself, if all other points of the spec suited my needs.


If I was assembling my "Dream bike", wanting it to come out just right, then I'd might just choose to wait.


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.... I like an all black wheelset.

So buy one of these: Pilot Super Color Jumbo Permanent Marker, Chisel Tip, Black Ink, Each (43100) | StaplesĀ® . Spin wheel slowly, hold pen to brake track.


Won't be quite as opaque as the factory anodizing, but from a few yards, it'll be very convincing.


Reapply when needed.

How often depends on ride and storage conditions.
Perhaps monthly.


I did some shiny bolt/screw heads on my previous car.
Out of direct sunlight and weather, they'd remain satisfyingly black probably a year before i felt that reapplication gave an important improvement.
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What I use on my commuter bike. They're pretty decent wheels, and have held up fine. All black is what you want, right?
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Me too. I was disappointed.
Me three. But then, I tend to deliberately mis-read titles if they're awkwardly-worded.
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