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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 7:54 pm 
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I've just received some NOS Campag ATEK rims.
On inspection I have noticed a small gap between where both end of the rim join.
Is this something I should worry about, see below?

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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 8:13 pm 
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Some more photos:

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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 8:28 pm 
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I would worry very much.


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 9:18 pm 
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All 4 of my Ateks have that, though they are used.


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 9:30 pm 
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Looking at the drill holes on either side of the rim, I can see a metal wedge holding the rim together.
This can be seen on the middle hole of the first photo and the top hole in the second photo.
The other holes don't have this second layer, see middle hole second photo.
I'm assuming that the join strength is meant to be from the wedge, not from the join itself?
The braking surface at the join is even, with no raised areas.

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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 9:41 pm 
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I guess those Campag rims are pinned instead of welded (like the Mavic SUP rims).
When the wheel is built up the compression from the spokes will keep it all together.
Personally I wouldn't worry about it too much, just build them and ride them. :)


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:57 am 
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As said, when laced up the gap will close.


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 10:05 am 
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If you're using rim brakes, it will be annoying, seen things like that on wheels belonging to BSO's.


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 11:42 am 
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Most wheels were only pinned until Mavic started welding them. I've had a couple of Mavic rims fail where cracks have propagated from the weld.

Most people don't consider Mavic 317 to be (and I quote) 'belonging to BSO's', yet they are pinned only. In fact I noticed the chink of light through the join when building up mine.


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 1:35 pm 
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Thanks for the advice.
I'm now confident the rim is ok.

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