Wheel indicator worn off.. Replacements?? Argon 18 Plutonium / Xero Shawla
My wear indicator on my rear rim has completely worn off, it is just a silver pit. My front is probably well past half worn off also.
How important is it to change them? Coming from MTB, my brakes have always seemed really, really crap compared to disc, so to be honest I have not really noticed much degradation in braking performance. It feels woeful every time I get on it and always has since new.
Options for upgrade? My bike has full 105 gear , with Ultegra rear derailleur. Not looking to spend much at all... Somewhere around $300 AU if that is even possible. I have noticed that the Shawla rims are quite wide and heavy.
Do I need to change brake pads as well?
Last edited by maxwolfie; 10-09-2010 at 11:43 PM.
What wear means
Wear indicators have nothing to do with braking quality. They tell you that the rim sidewall is getting thin and therefore you are at higher risk of a sidewall failure. On a heavier rim, such a failure is not typically a serious problem as you notice a braking "thump" before things get too far gone. On lighter rims I can see a more catastrophic failure mode, but I've never experienced one so I'm only guessing.
Originally Posted by maxwolfie
If you're experiencing poor braking, then it is either brake setup or poor pads. Try some KoolStop or similar pads to improve your braking.
It is impossible to tell how much safety factor the rim manufacturer designed into those wear indicators, so it's not possible to tell you how long you have left on those rims. As to replacement rims, you need to provide a lot more information. What do you have now, how much do you weigh, what type of riding do you do, what are your weather conditions, etc.
Yeah, I might just try some new pads. Cheers.
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