Keeping the brake surface in good shape
When you have invested in something valuable like a ZEAL wheel set, you probably want to keep them in good shape as long as possible. Even though we have already made sure that our products are very durable, you will all understand that products wear out over time.
When you’re the proud owner of a rim brake CAMERIG44 or RANDA35 wheel set, we have a tip for you to keep them longer in excellent shape.
By applying a 1,5k carbon brake surface and combining this with the SwissStop Black Prince brake pads, we have already made sure that the wear of the brake surface is limited. The actual wear depends on multiple factors, such as the weather conditions etc., but did you know that you can also influence lifespan of the brake surface significantly?
Small particles like sand etc can get stuck in the brake pads, especially during rainy days, and when they do, they will start to scratch into the top layer of the carbon and epoxy. Of course you can’t prevent this during your ride, but if you inspect your brake pads regularly in-between rides, you will see what we mean.
Cleaning the brake pads to get rid of the particles* is quite easy:
1. Remove your wheels from your bike
2. Remove larger particles from the brake pads, using the sharp tip of a knife or something similar (make sure you do this safely and don’t cut yourself).
3. Small particles can be removed using fine sandpaper. Sand off a very thin layer of the top of the brake pads. You will notice that it doesn’t take long before the surface of the brake pads is clean and free of particles again.
4. Mount your wheels, make sure that the quick releases are closed correctly, enjoy your next ride and always #ridewithzeal !
* sometimes you will notice that there are no particles in the brake pads, but that some glazing of the brake surface occurred because of braking at very high speeds. The glazing has little effect on the lifespan of the brake surface, but it does effect brake performance. We advise you to also remove the glazing from the brake pads, using fine sand paper as described under numbers 3 and 4 above.