Flo wheels and water...

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Flo wheels and water...

Postby Nitnellav » December 11th, 2012, 6:04 am

Sorry for this probably very noobish question, but hope you will answer it anyway.

I can't help but notice that the spokes doesn't seem to be fastened to the "fairing"?, but seem to pass through small holes.
Doesn't this mean that water and dirt can enter through these holes and "inside" the wheels?
If so, then how do you clean it out?

Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but I can't help wondering about this.
Hope to get an answer and no hate. I am still an amateur.

Otherwise your wheels look very slick to me.

Kind regards
Morgan
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Re: Flo wheels and water...

Postby cyberjunkie21 » December 12th, 2012, 4:58 pm

I don't have mine yet, but from what I understand there should be a 'drain' hole that you can line up to remove any water from the wheels while not in use.
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Re: Flo wheels and water...

Postby Nitnellav » December 13th, 2012, 3:01 am

Thanks, from studying the product shots, it seems there is indeed a small hole in the fairing.

Any idea why the spokes is not fastened to the fairing like on Zipp wheels?
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Re: Flo wheels and water...

Postby meesier42 » December 15th, 2012, 7:12 pm

on Zipp wheels it is not a fairing it is a structural component of the rim. With the carbon (Firecrest are all carbon) being structural they are able to build the spokes to the inner most section of the carbon,

With FLO, there the aluminum rim is the structural part not the carbon, the carbon is purely an aero shape (fairing) to cheat the wind. Since the carbon is not structural the spokes cannot attach to it as even finger pressure can easily flex it.
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Re: Flo wheels and water...

Postby Nitnellav » December 16th, 2012, 1:36 pm

Thanks for the good answers to my questions!
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Re: Flo wheels and water...

Postby Chris Thornham » December 23rd, 2012, 8:08 pm

Nitnellav wrote:Sorry for this probably very noobish question, but hope you will answer it anyway.

I can't help but notice that the spokes doesn't seem to be fastened to the "fairing"?, but seem to pass through small holes.
Doesn't this mean that water and dirt can enter through these holes and "inside" the wheels?
If so, then how do you clean it out?

Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but I can't help wondering about this.
Hope to get an answer and no hate. I am still an amateur.

Otherwise your wheels look very slick to me.

Kind regards
Morgan


Morgan,

I'm sorry about not getting back to you sooner. I didn't get a notification that you posted. To answer your questions, there is a drain hole in the wheels. If water gets in the centrifugal force caused by the wheel spinning will force it out. I'm guessing that you won't get a ton of dirt in there but if you do, I likely put a little water in the wheels and then go for a ride to rinse it out. You'll want to make sure if you do get them wet that you allow them to dry out well.

As others have mentioned wheels with fairings are supported structurally by the aluminum rim and the fairings simply create the aerodynamic advantage. Since the fairings are not structural (not designed to support weight) the spokes pass right by them.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to ask. And... don't worry about being a noob. We were all noobs once and you only learn by asking.

Take care,
Chris Thornham
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Re: Flo wheels and water...

Postby Nitnellav » December 30th, 2012, 1:00 pm

Thanks Chris,
I'm going to order a 60/90 set for my first tribike (Shiv Comp) which i'm buying jan/feb 2013.
Though you'll probably see me asking a few other questions here and there regarding which cassette to get etc.

Best regards
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Re: Flo wheels and water...

Postby Chris Thornham » December 31st, 2012, 10:27 am

Nitnellav wrote:Thanks Chris,
I'm going to order a 60/90 set for my first tribike (Shiv Comp) which i'm buying jan/feb 2013.
Though you'll probably see me asking a few other questions here and there regarding which cassette to get etc.

Best regards


That's a very nice bike. Please ask all of the questions you have.

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Re: Flo wheels and water...

Postby PenguinBoy » November 24th, 2013, 2:52 am

Is there any benefit/dis-benefit to covering the holes?
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Re: Flo wheels and water...

Postby Chris Thornham » November 25th, 2013, 10:16 am

PenguinBoy,

I would not cover the holes. There is no known benefit to doing so. The holes are there to allow enough clearance for the spokes to move small amounts.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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