On my ride yesterday I noticed that going up hills when I am trying hard (seated) I can actually see the tire hit the seat stay. I'm worried that I'm stuck with wheels that are just too flexy for my weight or something.
Are there any fixes or something as obvious as wheel tension or something that can be done to fix this issue?
Tell us more about what type of frame you are riding as well as you skewers you are using.
I'm using some Ti skewers but I will swap them a set of stock Fulcrum skewers. Though I did have these skewers on my stock wheels for a couple hundred miles without issue, though I was running different tires.
If the skewers don't work I'll take the wheel to a shop and have them take a look.
Thanks for the help guys.
leardriver wrote:...I have the QR as tight as I can get it.
YIKES!...doesn't your R3 have carbon dropouts? (I don't remember if the carbon dropout trickles down to the R3 model?). If yes, you need to take care not to overclamp your QR.
leardriver wrote:I'm using some Ti skewers but I will swap them a set of stock Fulcrum skewers.
If you are using an external cam skewer remember that it has about half (or even less) the cam travel of an internal cam skewer like your Campy/Fulcrum skewer (which is why it feels like you really need to clamp down on an external cam skewer to get a bite)....in other words, the internal cam, higher travel Campy/Fulcrum skewer will likely require about half the torque (compared to small travel external cam skewer) to yield the same clamping force. The Campy/Fulcrum skewers are some of the smoothest and most consistent skewers made.
I don't think its the QR though. I can flex the wheel to the point the tire touches the stay with two fingers. It certainly looks like the tire sits at least twice as close to the left seat stay than the right.
leardriver wrote: I can flex the wheel to the point the tire touches the stay with two fingers.
compare spoke tension DS and NDS, because that is not normal!
I had it once too, in a rear wheel where the NDS bearing cup was severly worn causing the entire wheel to wobble.
If it was running a normal 23 tire it probably wouldn't be a problem. He was remarking how wide the Force tire is. He thought it was a 28 when he looked at it!
They're going to check the true, tension and dish. Hopefully that will fix it or going to a narrower rear tire.
I can't imagine the frame is the culprit unless it is a manufacturing defect that wasn't obvious with a narrower tire.
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i recently built up an R5ca, and when i first installed the rear wheel, the tire was hitting the seatstay, but was more or less centered at the chainstays. turns out the dropouts had some white powdery chalky stuff stuck in them. probably polishing compound, weird as the frame is matte finish. anyways, check the dropouts...
When id stand and sprint or in a standing climbing effort, my wheel would wgin to rub against te chainstay. Turns out chainstay was 2-3 mm too long on one side and causing the rub.
Hope all works oit for you and its a simple fix
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