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Scratch on the rim??(3 posts)

Scratch on the rim??Slick21
Dec 20, 2001 11:50 PM
Hello,

I found a scratch on my new wheels on the rim. I could also feel the scratch. Should I worry about this, would this affect braking for the short and long terms?

Thanks
re: Scratch on the rim??DrD
Dec 21, 2001 4:15 AM
If it's not on the braking surface, then it's just a cosmetic sort of thing - it won't affect performance

If it's on the braking surface, and if it's really really really deep, you might feel a little vibration through to the brake lever (it's got to be bad, though - sort of like a mismatched seam in the rim would be) - if it's smaller than that, you won't even notice - it will get rubbed out anyway with use. Either way, it won't alter braking performance. Also - if it really bugs you, you can always sand it out.

If you have ceramic coated rims (do they even make those for road use?) there could be an issue with cracking of the coating if the scratch is bad enough.

The braking surface on my MTB rims is riddled with dings and scratches from rocks - you can't even tell when braking - still works great - so I wouldn't worry about it.
FWIW, I agree (nm)cory
Dec 21, 2001 8:22 AM