- Mavic Crossmax XLs – ceramic coating flaking off rim
Firstly, I am new here, so hola!
I have an old (circa ’97) Cannondale F2000SL that has been sitting in my garage neglected for many years, and to breathe new life into it I am converting it into a singlespeed hack bike for getting around town.
I bought some Mavic Crossmax XLs for it in 2003 (when I was riding it XC), but they didn’t see a lot of use to be honest, and since then have been unused. When stripping the bike down to rebuild in the SS I noticed the ceramic coating on the rims was badly flaking off all over the braking surface (they are canti rims, not discs). Here is a photo of a small section:
I took them to my LBS and they called Mavic and they said as they are more than 5 years old, there are no spare parts available so basically they said I need to bin them. Considering they were over £300 when I bought them and have seen light use this seems to me a bit of a waste!
I was wondering what people thought of the idea of sanding off the ceramic coating (most can be picked off in flakes anyhow) and then the rims still being usable for around town? I assume as they are aluminium then they won’t corrode. Any advice would be much appreciated!Posted 4 years agonjee20Subscriber
It’s a pain, but it won’t really make much difference, the rims will wear quicker obviously, but no reason to stop using them.
I had about a 3″ section of ceramic coating come off my Crossmax USTs years ago, made an annoying ticking noise when you braked, and did gradually get bigger over a few years, but didn’t really hamper the performance of the wheel.Posted 4 years ago
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