Rim anodising - Long term reviews

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Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby cave dweller » April 18th, 2013, 6:01 am

Any long term reviews and pictures of the anodized brake surface on the Flo rims?
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Re: Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby Chris Thornham » April 19th, 2013, 8:41 am

cave dweller wrote:Any long term reviews and pictures of the anodized brake surface on the Flo rims?


As the anodization wears on the brake tracks there will be no performance loss when braking. With respect to how fast the anodization will wear, it's really hard to say how long that will take. It depends on several variables including your brake pads, riding style and weather. For example, those who ride in wet conditions may quickly have silver brakes tracks. However, I personally have 1000s of miles on my set of FLO 60s with little to no wear at all. I ride in Las Vegas (a desert) and still have brake pads that are predominantly black.

I hope that helps,
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Re: Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby adrian » April 24th, 2013, 8:03 pm

Hi Chris, what brake pads are you using?

I, too, would want to prolong the black anodization for as long as possible. Im using the ultegra stock pads and so far, after 500km, no noticeable wear yet. I might try the jagwire brake pads in the future as these are the ones only available here.
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Re: Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby Chris Thornham » April 25th, 2013, 12:13 am

adrian wrote:Hi Chris, what brake pads are you using?

I, too, would want to prolong the black anodization for as long as possible. Im using the ultegra stock pads and so far, after 500km, no noticeable wear yet. I might try the jagwire brake pads in the future as these are the ones only available here.


I'm just using the brake pads that came stock on my SRAM Rival and Shimano Dura Ace brakes.
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Re: Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby Nitnellav » July 7th, 2013, 1:07 am

Any way to restore the anodizing on my Flo 60 and 90? Or to just make the brake tracks black again using some other method?
I've been using the standard brake pads on my Specialized Shiv and after 4 months the tracks on both wheels are completely "silver".
It kind of takes some of the "stealthiness" away from the wheel tbh. I thought about masking off the wheel and spraypainting the track, though that does sound a little extreme.
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Re: Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby Chris Thornham » July 8th, 2013, 11:24 am

Nitnellav wrote:Any way to restore the anodizing on my Flo 60 and 90? Or to just make the brake tracks black again using some other method?
I've been using the standard brake pads on my Specialized Shiv and after 4 months the tracks on both wheels are completely "silver".
It kind of takes some of the "stealthiness" away from the wheel tbh. I thought about masking off the wheel and spraypainting the track, though that does sound a little extreme.


Unfortunately, I don't know of a method that would last and I don't like telling anyone to coat their braking surface with anything. You never know how it could effect the braking performance. Sorry I couldn't be a better help.
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Re: Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby adrian » July 15th, 2013, 10:55 pm

same thoughts here. i got caught in the rain once and the rear wheel anodization wore off. i'll try to coat it with black permanent marker and see. :-) i wouldnt mind recoating every few rides though i have to check what effect would it be on the braking
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Re: Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby veloci1 » August 30th, 2013, 9:27 pm

I have had mine for 3 or 4 weeks.. The wheels roll and perform amazing..
But, within 100 miles, i Started seeing the anodized to wear off in the front wheel. Now, after 600 miles, I can see some coming off the rear.

A little disappointed but overall a good set of wheels.
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Re: Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby Chris Thornham » August 31st, 2013, 12:29 pm

veloci1,

Sorry to hear about your disappointment. Back when we started FLO we did a lot of customer sourcing and asked if people would prefer black rims that might wear OR silver rims. We had an overwhelming response for black rims that may wear. I know the wheels don't have the perfectly new look, but even silver rims get black scuff marks from braking.

I hope that makes sense.
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Re: Rim anodising - Long term reviews

Postby adrian » September 11th, 2013, 10:29 pm

Some reading and I noticed that sodium hydroxide (lye, drain cleaner, parts cleaner, etc.) cleans the aluminum anodization very easily. As to how it would affect the structural integrity of the aluminum brake tracks, I dont know. Maybe, I will try this one day as my rear wheel's brake track is uneven (same parts are black, some are exposed aluminum)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQq5XhTH46E
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