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removing ksyrium or wheel Decals(8 posts)

removing ksyrium or wheel DecalsMGS
Jun 20, 2001 7:24 PM
This is a post purely for cosmetic appearance.

How many people remove the decals on their wheels, to give a cleaner appearance, and avoid what may be overly conspicuous product hype?

I have K's which I have noticed , look great as black stealth type wheels without the silver decal.

Do many people remove the decals? I've not seen this routinely done.
Please, More Hype...Xeke
Jun 20, 2001 10:11 PM
The VaMoots was built up w/ K's. I stripped off the stickers before it ever rolled out of the garage.

The Litespeed is missing those awful yellow logos on the down tube and I rode that 5900 for a couple months before stripping all those 'Treks' off the frame. The big tubes provide a lot of space for a lot of big stickers and Trek didn't miss many opportunities. There were twelve (count 'em) 'Trek' stickers on that frame. One could not look at that frame from any angle without seeing 'Trek' three or four times. It finally got to be too much for me....

BTW, the 5900 looks much better with the plain dark gray CF and the Nothing But Black Ksyriums... If the lights go out in your garage, you'll never find it.
Please, More Hype...weed
Jun 21, 2001 5:20 AM
How did you get the Trek stickers off? They look like there is a clear coat over them.

I'm interested in doing the same thing. They did go a little crazy with the stickers.
HypectomyXeke
Jun 21, 2001 6:50 AM
The frame is clear coated before the stickers go on. Then one more coat goes over the top of the stickers. When the sticker is removed, the slightest little ridge of clear coat is left where the edge of the sticker once was.

I just finger-nailed the stickers off. Just about any other way could result in surface damage. This method takes a lot of time and patience; a rainy day project. Keep in mind that those stickers could be covering up the surface irregularities. There's one spot on the frame where the clear coat wasn't so clear. Then the whole frame was waxed up pretty good which, of course, makes the bike a whole lot faster.
Yanked Minegrz mnky
Jun 21, 2001 12:20 PM
Couldn't stand the "disco" look so off they came.
Does Mavic sell replacement stickers for when you sell them?Tommy B
Jun 21, 2001 2:46 PM
I was thinking about doing this with a pair of black Mavic Cosmos wheels. I want to make a very stealthy black commuter bike and the big yellow stickers on these would throw off "the look".

What I was wondering was, does Mavic sell replacement stickers for their wheelsets? I don't know if and when I would sell the wheelset, but I would think, especially with an expensive set like the ksyriums, that they'd be easier to sell and get a higher price if they had the original decals on them. The majority of people out there want to buy used stuff that's like new.

I'd like to take off the original stickers, then buy a second set and save them for whenever I decided to sell.

Has anyone bought stickers from Mavic or looked into this?
grz mnkygrz mnky
Jun 22, 2001 7:10 PM
I honestly don't think that the stickers will matter one wit, and if they do you can bet you're dealing with some one on the more anal side of life. Who knows there's probably someone else who will pay more since you did extra work to remove them and they're now lighter!

Buying used wheels is like buying used condoms - you may not know where they've been but they probably gave the previous user more pleasure then they'll ever give you. Sorry to be so crude, but I just took the analogy and ran with it... ;-)

Knowing Mavic you can probably buy the stickers, but they'll cost a small fortune and you'll have to wait a really long time. Don't expect you're going to put them on the rims and have them look "facotry" on your first attempt. You should be able to send them to the US service center - get the full Monty Service and then sell them as good as new.

It's fully my intention that when I think it's time to sell the wheels it'll be for parts!
Removing TREK decals voids the warrantyAndy
Jun 24, 2001 10:32 PM
I sent an email to Trek Customer Support and they told me that removing the decals from the frame will void the warranty and they would not honor a warranty repair. She said if I didn't like the decals and I wanted to retain the warranty that I needed to take the bike back to a Trek dealer and have them send the bike in to be repainted. That seemed a little too much for me so I'm leaving those unsightly decals on.