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How long should rim brake carbon wheel sets last?

Old 06-22-20, 09:11 PM
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How long should rim brake carbon wheel sets last?

For the weekend warrior type, non competitive rider. How long should these wheels be expected to last as long as they are reputable?
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A very long time, particularly if you donít do a ton of miles. I had 7,000 miles on my Zipp 303 rim brake Firecrests before I donated that bike to a kid on my high school MTB team. The brake track showed no signs of wear. I chose Zipp at that time (2014) because they had much more stopping power than the Rovals I tried. I believe at this point pretty much every big maker makes a reliable and sturdy brake track. Fear not!

I do have to be a little careful not to let my wheels drop into ruts in the road. That can mar the edge of the rim.
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Just like with aluminum wheels, brake track longevity is determined by the hardness of the brake pads and how clean you keep the brake track/pads. If you stay on top of this maintenance, the brake track will last a very, very long time. Also, assuming the wheel has been built correctly, the rim integrity should hold up for a lifetime.
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Originally Posted by justonwo View Post
A very long time, particularly if you donít do a ton of miles. I had 7,000 miles on my Zipp 303 rim brake Firecrests
I have 24,000 miles on 303s with no visible wear.
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Agree they should last a long time. That said, I have a lovely Williams 38 front wheel that hit a stray rock and the crabon cracked. So stuff happens, but if you don't hit something like a rock they should last plenty.

Which ones are you getting???
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
I have 24,000 miles on 303s with no visible wear.
This is pretty common for people that don't live in the PNW, and don't ride in slop almost constantly.

Brake track wear is an issue for some, but most people never need to worry about it
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Originally Posted by InvertedMP View Post
For the weekend warrior type, non competitive rider. How long should these wheels be expected to last as long as they are reputable?
Not worlds apart from using aluminum. If you're riding in clean conditions, its typically basically forever. If you're doing a lot of wet riding and your regional roads are covered in a particularly abrasive grime, it may be relatively short.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
This is pretty common for people that don't live in the PNW, and don't ride in slop almost constantly.

Brake track wear is an issue for some, but most people never need to worry about it
I have a second bike with hydro disc for rain and winter riding
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They should last forever - If you never ride them.

All rim brake rims are a wear component. Use and conditions can reduce or accelerate wear.

They last long enough otherwise there'd be 10,000 threads on here about how no one would ever buy them as they always wear out.

I have seen them wear out in customer's hands. Some. Those customers were ....well....riding. A lot usually. More than most people and/or in all conditions and with lots of long descents. Most that I have seen wear out were rim brake cyclocross use carbon with sand and mud braking conditions.

Regular casual road riders like 90% of this forum....never wear out.

Just make sure you have the right pads (ask manufacturer), and keep the system clean-ish between uses. In other words if you ride in a ton of slop them wash off the bike and brakes when you're done. Inspect the pads every few months and see if there is debris in them. Don't use the same pads for you aluminum and carbon. Yes you can sometimes but the alloy will get caught in the pad material and eat the shiz out of the rims.
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Two or three rides.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
Just make sure you have the right pads and keep the system clean-ish between uses.
That's the advice I was going to offer.

In my experience, if you're using the right brake pads, keeping them dedicated to carbon rims, and not constantly riding through muck and grit, the life of a carbon rim depends on how long you can go until you crash it into a curb or something like that.

Tubular rims suffer bangs and collisions better than clinchers, in my experience.
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Which ones are you getting???

I have a set of Reynolds AR58x that are maybe 300 miles old. No issues what so ever, I was honestly just curious.
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I have a set of Reynolds AR58x that are maybe 300 miles old. No issues what so ever, I was honestly just curious.
Cool. Are you using the fancy new Cryo Blue Power Pads??


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