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Shimano R500 Wheel Longevity

Postby rgcrgc » Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:07 pm

What sort of life can I expect from my R500's? They have around 12000km on them at the moment. They get ridden in all weathers as I use the bike as my commuter.

Sorry if this is an old question but I've searched the forums and drawn a blank - I really can't drive the search function here that well.
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Postby nimm » Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:34 pm

if you clean our the bearings / hubs / cones every now and then, replacing bearings / cones if needed, then ages. Also check the rim walls aren't getting too thin from breaking
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Postby rgcrgc » Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:42 pm

Thanks. However I realise I should've been more specific , I actually meant the rims in particular.
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Postby Bnej » Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:02 pm

rgcrgc wrote:Thanks. However I realise I should've been more specific , I actually meant the rims in particular.


How long is a piece of string?

They're pretty heavy though cheap rims. Clean them down every now and then, and in the process you will notice any cracking, esp around the spoke holes. If they're not visibly damaged and the braking surface isn't caving in you're fine.

If you want new rims, they're not expensive either.
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Postby Aushiker » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:09 pm

Bnej wrote:If you want new rims, they're not expensive either.

Should be able to replace them for less than $300.

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Postby TethAdam5 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:04 am

Aushiker wrote:
Bnej wrote:If you want new rims, they're not expensive either.

Should be able to replace them for less than $300.

Andrew


The R500s are on sale now at Torpedo7.com for $129.99 i think
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Postby John Lewis » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:51 am

R500 are $129.99 on Torpedo7 weekly special according to email just received.

Might be a chance to get a new set at the right price.

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Postby Aushiker » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:12 pm

John Lewis wrote:R500 are $129.99 on Torpedo7 weekly special according to email just received.

Might be a chance to get a new set at the right price.

John Lewis


And for the set, so quite a bargain it seems.

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Postby rgcrgc » Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:38 pm

Reading the Shimano website I note the R500's have wear indicators - unfortunately they don't say where or what I am looking for :?.

I looked at a new set of R500's today and noticed two small indentations on the braking surfaces under the "S" of the Shimano sticker - are these the wear indicators?

If not, where are they and what am I looking for?

If so, and if these same indentations are missing from my rims, does this indicate "CHANGE RIMS NOW" or "change rims soon but don't panic".

My apologies if I seem to be banging on about this but, as is probably obvious, I don't know a great deal about this stuff and, being not exactly awash with funds at the moment, I don't want to unneccessarily spend cash on new wheels (especially as I recently had the front fully respoked).

Tnx rgc
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Postby stevebaby » Sat Nov 22, 2008 11:22 am

The wear indicators are the indentations that you mentioned.
Cell Bikes usually have pretty good prices on R500 wheels, cheaper than anywhere else I could find online.
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