Wheel Care for 88/188 Hubs
Quick Release Tension
Your hubs are tightened to 10 Nm (88 in-lbs) in the rear, and 5.6 Nm (50 in-lbs) in the front. We recommend applying the quick release lever such that the lever leaves a slight imprint on your hand as you close it. If you have any questions or concerns about the operation of the quick release lever, please consult your bike shop or call us at the number listed above.
Brake Pads for Tubular Wheelsets
For optimal performance, Zipp Carbon/Carbon brake pads provide the ideal balance of feel and stopping power, and help rims remain cool. Zipp Carbon/Carbon brake pads are the only pads specific to both aluminum and silica/ceramic brake surfaces.
Do not alternate the same set of pads between rims with aluminum and carbon/ ceramic braking surfaces, as residual embedded aluminum shards could damage the carbon/ceramic surface.
Do not use Campagnolo pads, or any pad purporting to be for ceramic rims. Most ceramic pads contain abrasives which can lead to excessively high brake temperatures and possible rim damage.
For cyclo-cross applications and cantilever brakes, we recommend using Kool-Stop black pads.
Brake Pads for Clincher Wheelsets
We recommend using Zipp Carbon/Carbon brake pads with any aluminum braking surface, including our own clincher wheels. Standard brake pads will work, but might cause premature wear to the braking surface due to the use of abrasives such as aluminum oxide in the pads. As discussed with our tubular rims, we do not recommend using Campagnolo pads.
Care and Cleaning
Any cleaner that will not affect epoxy resins is acceptable for your rims. Acetone or denatured alcohol work quite well on the rims but will ruin the decals, so be careful when using. Goof Off® or any product intended to remove latex paint will also work well to remove tubular tire glue. Do not use any tools to install tubular tires on or remove them from your carbon rims.
Aluminum Valve Extensions
Your wheel was supplied with a valve extension matched to the depth of the rim. We currently have five different lengths of valve extenders:
Valve Extension Installation
Note: Install valve extension BEFORE mounting tire.
Your wheels have been trued and checked here by our professional wheel builders. The spoke tension on our carbon wheels is 100 kg front/rear drive side and about 65 kg rear non-drive. Before truing or adjusting spoke tension, apply a drop of lube (such as Triflow) between the nipple and rim. This will reduce friction between the two surfaces and lessen the chances of rounding off a nipple.
Important: Only experienced mechanics should perform advanced wheel service!
Our rims are sized at the larger end of the European ISO/E.T.R.T.O. standards for tire fit, to ensure maximum confidence and safety when using the modern ultra-light high performance clinchers.
Rim Tape for Clincher Rims
You must use a thin plastic or thin fabric rim strip with these rims for proper performance. Do not use Velox or a similarly thick cloth rim strip. We recommend using our own Zipp rim tape, which is a durable, yet thin, woven tape. It has been designed specifically to work best with our clincher rims.
We rate our clincher rims at 125 psi MAX, which ensures that tires will not go overpressure when hot from braking and also leads to increased tire life.
Gluing A Tubular
WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Tubular glue of your choice. Do not use 3M Fast Tack. The aggressive tack is prone to damage tires on removal. Solvent, such as alcohol or acetone, works very well for removing most glue.
Prepare the Rim For Glue
If the rim is new, wipe it down with alcohol or another solvent such as acetone, which is also recommended to remove old glue. The Zipp carbon rim can be cleaned with any solvent that will not harm epoxy. Zipp Carbon rims are ready to go at this point and require no further preparation.
Glue the Rim and Tire
Mounting the Tire