Do I want ceramic rims?
I’m about to put a new rim on my old rim brake back wheel – the outgoing 517 is scarily concave! I’m intending to buy a standard XC717 but I’ve seen that Evans have the ceramic 717s for £49.99, not much more than the standard version. Are the ceramic rims worth having?
CheersPosted 6 years ago
Thanks for your opinions everyone. Its tempting but i think I’ll stick with the standard rims though.. I’ve never felt short of power when using xtr v brakes and they’ve lasted through several winters. Plus I have some new pads in the spares box, seems daft to buy ceramic specific ones, especially if they are getting harder to source. Thanks 🙂Posted 6 years agoP20Subscriber
I’ve had ceramics on the P20 for 12yrs (2 sets) They are better braking, especially in the wet. If you get ceramic pads they last a long time too. However if you a prone to ding rims, best avoid as it will chip the coating. Years ago my mate was getting 6-8 months out of normal 717, but 2yrs out of ceramicsPosted 6 years ago
Id go for them as it does increase rim life by quite a margin. Brake pads aren’t that much if you stock up!
Dammit, maybe I should.. hmm.. can I use normal pads with them as well? Is the key difference the life span of the block or do standard blocks not grip as well?Posted 6 years agoavdave2Member
My 717’s are 5 years old and still good with 5 winters of commuting 3 of them off road. Some of the coating has come off but only small amounts.Posted 6 years ago
I had avid ceramic specific pads on the back but recently switched to Shimano ceramic specific and they seem a lot better although I put new cables on at the same time which would have also contributed to the dramatic improvement.
Decision made for me in the end – Evans only had one rim in stock and I’d have wanted one for the front as well. As it happens, Chain Reaction have the standard 717s back in stock now so the one i ordered last week should get shipped today. Friday might be a quiet night in with a spoke key and a beer.. Ok, that sounds like a bad combo 😀Posted 6 years ago
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