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    What to do with a busted carbon wheel

    So a coworker is rebuilding a garage and gave me some cycling hand-me-downs. In the collection is a Williams Carbon 45 front wheel with some brake track damage. He had hit a pot hole damaged the resin and cracked the brake track (approximately 1.5 inch long, parallel and in the middle of the track). Been told that it is not repairable.

    What to do with a busted carbon wheel-20170925_213049.jpg

    Since the rim is most likely wrecked, can I sell it as an "as is" item? Thinking about salvaging the axle and the spoke nipples. I am also under the assumption that the spokes are not salvageable as well. Any other thoughts/suggestions?

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    The rim is garbage. It's not recycleable. Maybe make some nice lawn art or a wall ornament?

    I would never re-use spokes or nipples, especially on a damaged wheel.

    Hub? Not sure on that one.

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    Wall Art - maybe make a clock out of it?
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    Be the envy of all your cycling buddies -

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    Rim is toast.

    Not sure how salvageable the rest is on a proprietary wheel.

    Sell it as-is? You won't get enough for it to make it worth the time or even cover the shipping cost.

    I think Mike T. has the right idea.
    "With bicycles in particular, you need to separate between what's merely true and what's important."-- DCGriz, RBR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Be the envy of all your cycling buddies -

    Love it!
    With bicycles in particular, you need to separate between what's merely true and what's important.

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    Frame for an enormous portrait of yourself
    Decorative bezel around a window, pass-through, or mirror
    Christmas wreath
    F!n Hood Ornament!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Be the envy of all your cycling buddies -

    That is totally cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Be the enve of all your cycling buddies -

    Fixed that for you ;-)

    Cool idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    Fixed that for you ;-)

    Cool idea
    LOL!

    Hope you don't get ripped like I did for editing other's posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Be the ENVE of all your cycling buddies -

    Ha! You win...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    Fixed that for you ;-)
    "Be the enve of all your cycling buddies"
    Oooooh ahhhh!! That was awesome. Even an old punster like me didn't think of that one! That was wheely good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    Rim is toast.

    Not sure how salvageable the rest is on a proprietary wheel.

    Sell it as-is? You won't get enough for it to make it worth the time or even cover the shipping cost.

    I think Mike T. has the right idea.
    There's nothing proprietary about that wheel. CX Rays and a 'normal' hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Oooooh ahhhh!! That was awesome. Even an old punster like me didn't think of that one! That was wheely good.
    Groan!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    There's nothing proprietary about that wheel. CX Rays and a 'normal' hub.
    You are correct. I found the wheel here:

    Williams System 45 Carbon Clincher Disc Wheelset
    "With bicycles in particular, you need to separate between what's merely true and what's important."-- DCGriz, RBR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    Not sure how salvageable the rest is on a proprietary wheel.
    What's proprietary about Sapim CX Ray spokes, alloy nipples, and a j-bend hub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alxrmrs View Post
    What's proprietary about Sapim CX Ray spokes, alloy nipples, and a j-bend hub?
    Dude, I corrected myself in post 15.
    "With bicycles in particular, you need to separate between what's merely true and what's important."-- DCGriz, RBR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    Dude, I corrected myself in post 15.
    Whoops, just read that far

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    Quote Originally Posted by alxrmrs View Post
    Whoops, just read that far
    No problem!
    "With bicycles in particular, you need to separate between what's merely true and what's important."-- DCGriz, RBR.

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    Cut rim into quarters, insert hooks and increase the number of smart coat hangers in your cupboard by 4.


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    Hula hoop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    Wall Art - maybe make a clock out of it?
    +1.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by izza View Post
    Cut rim into quarters, insert hooks and increase the number of smart coat hangers in your cupboard by 4.
    Is a smart coat hanger anything like a smart trainer?
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    Use it on your trainer (if you use one). I have a Token 50mm carbon rim that cracked on me years ago and have been using it as my trainer wheel since then.

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