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WARNING-Shimano WH-7700 Wheels...(5 posts)

WARNING-Shimano WH-7700 Wheels...roadmeister
Apr 8, 2002 12:13 PM
If anyone is using the Shimano Dura-Ace wheelset, PLEASE
inspect them carefully immediately. I found small cracks
on my rear wheel around the eyelets (where the spoke enters
the side of the rim). I have cracks around 3 eyelets, and
bulges around many others. Needless to say, this is a very
disturbing find. The spokes look like they are trying to
pull themselves out of the rim. My wheels are 2 years old,
have 6,000 miles on them and are ridden on good roads.
No unusual circumstances here...I am 175lbs. and the wheels
are mounted on a Litespeed Classic and are not raced.
Not what I expected from $800 wheels....please mention
this to anyone that you may know with these wheels(hopefully I got the only bad ones, but you never know).
Hmmm. Another reason to buy boutique wheels?Kerry
Apr 8, 2002 4:19 PM
Once again the myth of the superiority of factory built wheels. Just like Heliums, early Electrons, etc.
However...laffeaux
Apr 8, 2002 4:39 PM
On the mtb side of things, Mavic's x517 rim, is notorious for this same thing, and it's one of the staples of hand-built wheels. Not that I disagree with your statement aboutf superiority, but cracked eyelets are not necessarily a result of factory vs. hand-built.
IndeedKerry
Apr 8, 2002 5:10 PM
I wasn't saying that factory built wheels are worse than hand built, just noting that for the extra few $100, you don't get much.
Indeedharry hall
Apr 9, 2002 7:29 AM
And, with geek-fraud wheels, you lose the flexibility of choosing a different rim and/or spokes if the first ones don't work for you. And, hey, about those DA wheels?
Do you carry Harley-Davidson or Yamaha tire levers? I have worked on a few customers' bikes with Shimano wheels, and they've got unbelievably tight tire fitting, at least with Michelin and Continental products.