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Rim Quality, Braking surface and Wheel Maintenance(3 posts)

Rim Quality, Braking surface and Wheel MaintenanceMeDotOrg
Jun 13, 2001 9:21 AM
I just replaced the Mavic CXP21/Campy Veloce stock wheelset on my Bianchi with custom (Sdeals.com) Mavic Open Pros/Campy Chorus Hubs.

One area I was very surprised to see a performance increase was braking. (These are NOT Ceramic rims). It makes me wonder whether the performance increase is due to the quality of the rim surface, or poor maintenance on my part.

Do higher quality non-ceramic rims just brake better, or is there a maintenance issue I'm not addressing? How do YOU clean the braking surface on your rims? (I just use degreaser).

Thanks....
re: Rim Quality, Braking surface and Wheel MaintenanceDINOSAUR
Jun 13, 2001 7:50 PM
Probably a couple of reasons. As you stated, the quality of the rim surface, your new rims are clean and are not built up with rubber compound from your brake pads. I just changed the my brake pads, I was using Ritchy, which were soft and spongy and wore very quickly. I went back to Dura Ace, which cost a considerable more, but the difference in braking is like night and day. Sometimes little things cost more for a reason.
I wipe my rims downs after every ride with Simple Green, I guess you could classify that as a degreaser.
I can't answer the question about ceramic rims, I've never used them (yet).
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re: Rim Quality, Braking surface and Wheel MaintenanceMeDotOrg
Jun 13, 2001 8:08 PM
Thanks for the tip - I'll try Simple Green. I actually hadn't heard much on the difference in brake pads - but I can't see this as an area where you would want to skimp....