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Carbon wheels for everyday use?

Old 10-21-09, 12:46 AM
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Carbon wheels for everyday use?

If the said wheel has an alloy braking surface, would it be OK for everyday use? I'm not wealthy or anything, a friend is offering to sell me his Pro-lite Gavia 50mm clinchers for a steal as he just got some 404s. Since the main concern regarding carbon wheels for everyday use is the wear on the rim surface but would an alloy braking surface negate that?
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pretty much
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pretty much
Pretty much as in alloy braking surface = ok for everyday use?
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as in yes.
alloy braking surface = alloy rim
everyday use has to do with your budget, roads encountered, tolerance for theft/ridicule, wattage
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Old 10-21-09, 05:28 AM
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I like any Reynolds with their 3 year warranty for $200, just ride it and don't worry about it.
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Buy um, ride um, enjoy um.......A quality built carbon wheel with a alum brake surface such as Zipps or Mavic Carbones are fine for daily use.
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Yes. I would just wipe off the brake pads and sides of the wheels after each ride with a damp cloth. Otherwise you can create small continuous scratches in your wheels.
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Yes. I would just wipe off the brake pads and sides of the wheels after each ride with a damp cloth. Otherwise you can create small continuous scratches in your wheels.
you wipe down your brake pads and rims after each ride when you have an aluminum brake track? You sir are OCD!
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I use my Williams System 38 full carbon clinchers everyday on my bike. Now that I've ridden carbon wheels I don't think I'll ever take them off. Except for maybe rain or winter rides.
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why do wealthy people always deny they are wealthy? Take me for example, I sure am not wealthy.
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The primary reason not to ride carbon wheels everyday is the cost of replacing them. If you can't stomach the cost of buying a new rim after hitting a monstor pothole, you need to be riding a cheaper wheel.

And note, I'm not arguing the carbon rim is more likely to fail. It's just its more expensive to fix when they do.
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I ride my Reynolds assault wheels all day every day. They suck in the wet mind you but that does not seem to stop me (ha!) from riding them.
No idea how long they will last though...they are all carbon; no alu brake strip...
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
The primary reason not to ride carbon wheels everyday is the cost of replacing them. If you can't stomach the cost of buying a new rim after hitting a monstor pothole, you need to be riding a cheaper wheel.

And note, I'm not arguing the carbon rim is more likely to fail. It's just its more expensive to fix when they do.
I agree. I just retired my Assaults for the winter because I worry about the abuse they'll take from the sand, salt, Mag Chloride, etc. I don't know if that stuff will damage them, but I'm not willing to risk it.

My Eurus have been through several Colorado winters without any damage.
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Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
everyday use has to do with your budget, roads encountered, tolerance for theft/ridicule, wattage



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why do wealthy people always deny they are wealthy? Take me for example, I sure am not wealthy.
I'm rich... in life, in love, in happiness, but definitely not in money.
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