(Add $20 if tire on wheel)
$65 True wheel
$130 Lace and true wheel assembly new rim, spokes/nipples (Customer/new hub)
$150 Lace and true wheel assembly with new spokes/nipples (Disassemble/reuse rim and hub)
WHAT IT DOES AND THE PROBLEMS
Wheels, you're not rolling with out them. Like tires and tubes, failure of a wheel could mean not finishing a race or a long walk back to the truck.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Loose, rusted or broken spokes, unbalanced/wobbly wheels and cracks in the rim or hub.
HOW TO FIX
Having wheels that are true and tight is key. Inspecting your wheels often and checking spoke torque helps prevent failure. Replacement of bent or broken nipples and spokes or cracked rims is not uncommon.
DID YOU KNOW?
Maintaining and inspecting your wheel assemblies may seem like an unnecessary or tedious task but doing so will help you catch a potential issue before it becomes a hazard.
It is important when cleaning items like wheels, hubs, sprockets and other items with special coatings to use ph neutral cleaners. Avoid heavy cleaners with aggressive additives like Simple Green and Purple Power. Although great at removing dirt and grime, they break down the anodized coatings leaving you with a dull unprotected finish. Using dish soap, high quality car wash soap or, what we use, Slick Products soap will keep your bike looking clean and new.
Brands like Talon, Kite and Haan have been leaders in the aftermarket hub business for many years.
Wheel hubs have bearings that allow your wheels to spin freely on the axle. Many of us use a pressure washer to clean our bikes after a good day of riding. When spraying around your wheel hubs, don't spray directly at the hub seals. Water penetration breaks down the grease causing rust and seized bearings.
Hubs come in different forms: cast, forged, billet and carbon fiber.
Cast: Most bikes come from the factory with cast hubs, they are cheapest and quickest to produce. Top riders don't use cast hubs, they can't handle the abuse.
Forged: Hubs that are forged are the next step up. They are economically priced and first step in a quality hub upgrade.
Billet: These hubs are manufactured from a solid piece of high quality aluminum. For a long time these were the top of the line hubs, light but can stand up to heavy abuse. If you are racing and more than a weekend rider, this is where to go.
Carbon Fiber: Want the best of the best? Carbon fiber hubs have a carbon fiber center with aluminum ends. These are not common to find because they are expensive and only necessary for those who need the best of the best.
The top manufacturers in wheel rims, and ones we use, are Excel and D.I.D. Both are aftermarket and OEM manufacturers. We use Dubya as our source for preassembled wheels and wheel parts.
Both Excel and D.I.D have been OEM manufacturers for decades, Excel for most Japanese bikes and D.I.D for most European bikes.
Both Excel and D.I.D have an OEM and aftermarket rim that uses the same name, but don't be confused, they aren't the same rim.
Excel uses the Takasago name on both their OEM and aftermarket rim. The OEM version is a quality rim but not the same quality as the aftermarket version.
D.I.D uses the Dirt Star name on both their OEM and aftermarket rim. Similar to Excel, Dirt Star aftermarket is a higher quality version of the OEM rim.
When looking for upgrade replacement rims, both Excel and D.I.D have two versions.
Excel has the Takasago and next step up, A60. The A60 is what you see many of the top riders using.
D.I.D has the Dirt Star and the next step up, ST-X. If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, the D.I.D brand is a great option.
Rims don't last forever. Years of hard use and abuse break them down. Washing your rims carefully gives you a chance to inspect the rim, spokes and nipples. Inspect for flat spots, small cracks and rust. These are not uncommon wheel issues.