I raced in a total downpour this past weekend, so there was some water in the rim. I noticed that some water ever so slightly leaks out of that cracked line...
Unfortunately, I'm not the original owner of these wheels, but I read that zipp rarely ever replaces anything. I for sure didn't crash, and I've only raced on them twice since I bought them used. I don't recall them being like this when I received them. Maybe I can just get a rim and lace it up with the same hub and spokes to save on cost? I'm afraid that it might actually be broken...
I tried to take some pictures of it, but it was really hard to capture. Here are a bunch of pictures from different angles so maybe someone can help me out. I don't really want to take the tire off to check if it goes all the way around since I just glued the tire on a little while ago. They're tubulars.
EDIT: I removed the pics because they were too big. Ill upload smaller ones tomorrow
it looks like it is cracked and was used a bit after it cracked, because from the photo it can be seen that the carbon weave is a bit "sanded off" - from braking. Remove the tubular tire and it may be that it's cracked also on the area under the tubular, although it may not look like this, but just to make sure what the damage really is. Before you decide to repair it try to contact Zipp / the dealer. I already repaired a few wheels with similar damage, also Zipp (already even 2013 model..), in most cases the wheel was hit on bad roads etc.,...
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Visually all you can usually see is the crack, you really need a scan to determine the extent of the delamination.
In some cases they are suitable for repair, in other cases a repair is not recommended based on the scan data.
Also front wheels are generally more sensitive to braking surface irregularities which needs to be considered if a repair is performed, so it really is a case by case assessment.
If in doubt seek professional advice and don't risk a failure that can cause a bad crash.
wheelsONfire wrote: When we ride disc brakes the whole deal of braking is just like a leaving a fart. It happens and then it's over. Nothing planned and nothing to get nervous for.
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