Maintenance & Repair

OWNERS GUIDE TO CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Proper care and maintenance of your rims will ensure that you have an enjoyable ride every time. The frequency of maintenance depends on your riding style, the climate you ride in and where you are located. Debris accumulates every time you apply the brake pads to the rims and can come from various sources. Each time your brake pad and rim come into contact, they naturally wear on each other and small amounts of surface material are removed at point of contact. Because carbon wheels are darker in color, they do not show this as easily.

Before each ride:

  • Make sure your wheels are properly positioned in the fork and frame dropouts
  • Verify that your quick releases are correctly fastened
  • Check and make sure that your tires are positioned correctly on the rim bead
  • Look over your tires for any wear or damage done in the threads or side walls
  • Check spokes for proper tension and any damage
  • Make sure that the wheels are true and that there are no excessive movements in any directions. While rotating the wheel, confirm that the rim does not make contact with the brake pads.
  • Check rims for any damage
  • Make sure that your brakes are in good working condition and that your brake cables are not broken or damaged.
  • Make sure that your brake pads are properly aligned with your rims.
  • Wheel bearings should be properly adjusted with no play, tightness or roughness detected.
  • If any components are damaged, do not ride until they are replaced as this can cause further damage or injuries.
  • When checking the tire pressure, make sure that they are not inflated past the manufacturers recommended limit, but make sure that they are not under inflated as this may allow your rims to come into contact with the road surface and cause significant damage and possible failure.

 

Care and Maintenance

  • Have your wheels and rims regularly inspected and serviced by a professional bicycle technician.
  • Do not make any modifications to the rims, as this will void your warranty and may cause further problems.
  • When cleaning the rims, use a clean rag and either a mild soap and water or a mild degreaser such as Windex, Simple Green, or 409, avoid using harsh solvents and chemicals. Avoid using pressurized water as it may remove more than surface debris and enter the bearing and free hub areas of the wheel causing damage.
  • When replacing either the inner tubes or tires, make sure that they are the correct size and type. Tires that are not wide enough may not completely protect the rim from any impacts due to road hazards and could cause failure.
  • If truing is required on your wheels, have it performed by a qualified bicycle technician.

 

Safe Riding!