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User Guide

Safety Instructions:
Before installation, you must read and understand the safety and warranty instructions. Improper component installation can be extremely dangerous, which may result in serious or even fatal injury. If you have any questions about component installation, please consult a professional bicycle mechanic or contact us at [email protected]

Installation Instructions:
Component installation requires specialized tools and supplies. We suggest that you have Elitewheels’ components installed by a professional bike mechanic.

Please carefully observe the following:

1. About tire installation

Having your tires installed by a professional bike mechanic is recommended. Please use suitable tires. Before installation, please check if the tire tread is in the right direction.

2. About tire pressure

The most important consideration is the max recommended tire pressure labeled on the side of the tire. Do NOT exceed this value.

What tire pressure is right for you depends on the wheel and tire combination, the terrain you ride on, weather conditions, as well as rider weight among others. Different factors such as high temperature and excessive braking on a rim brake wheel can cause a tire’s pressure to increase significantly. Tire pressure is not a one-size-fits- all. A tire pressure too high could cause a blowout and potential loss of grip. A tire pressure too low could also result in a flat tire, loss of grip. Both could result in damage to the rim.

Our recommendation is to stay within the recommended guidelines for your tire and weight and check a tire’s pressure before a ride. Please note temperature fluctuations in your consideration. A tire inflated in cool weather to an appropriate pressure that is later ridden in hot weather will significantly increase tire pressure, and vice-versa. When descending using rim brakes, use proper braking technique by incrementally braking rather than constantly braking. Excessive braking could result in rim deformation and a blow-out which could be potentially dangerous or life-threatening.

Pressures too low could result in poor performance, pinch flats, and a potentially damaged rim. Tire pressures should be checked before every ride. Note that some tires and inner tubes lose pressure faster than others.

Appropriate tire pressures for the conditions you are riding in can offer excellent grip, comfort, and safety. For questions, please contact our customer service.

3. About disc brake installation

Please only use standard-sized disc brake rotors.

4. About the installation and use of rim brake pads

The standard configuration of Elitewheels & Drive is cork composite brake pads, which are suitable for riding in dry weather. Riding in wet weather can lead to less efficient braking performance. Please make sure the brake pads are installed in the right position over the brake track. If they are installed incorrectly in the wrong position, it will damage the rim and reduce braking performance.

5. About weight limits for riders

All wheels manufactured by Elitewheels have a rider weight limit. Weight limits for our wheels are on the wheels’ product pages.

Please do not exceed this weight limit:

6. About rim brake maintenance

Check brake pad wear monthly. If the grooves in the brake pads have disappeared, it indicates that the brake pads are worn and need to be replaced with new ones. If you need to replace the brake pads, please refer to the wheel brake pads manufacturer’s instructions.
Check the wheels braking surface for wear before each ride. Do not ride carbon wheels with a worn braking surface. A worn braking surface may cause rims to fail, resulting in crashes and even serious injury and/or death. Do not ride on wheels if the braking surface is worn, exposing the parallel fibers underneath.

7. About spoke maintenance

Drive wheelsets use carbon spokes, which like steel spokes, can become deformed or cracked when hit. Please regularly check to see if the surface of the spokes has any damage. If the spokes have been damaged or are cracked, please contact us to get replacements.

8. Wheel trueness

Please regularly check whether or not your wheels are true. whether the wheel rotation is in the initial state. All wheel sets are set to be within 0.2mm of true at the factory. If the wheel wobbles, please ask a professional mechanic to adjust the tension of the spokes.

9. About bearing maintenance

Some of our wheelsets including all of those in the DRIVE series use ceramic bearings. In some extreme riding environments, bearings can be damaged by heavy impact loads. We recommend you periodically ask a professional mechanic to help you check your bearings. In some cases they may need to be replaced.

10. About freehub maintenance

When cleaning your wheels, do not use a pressure washer  in order to avoid removing the grease from inside the freehub. Please perform basic maintenance and check the freehub every 3000km.

Please take the following precautions

  1. Make sure the pressures of the tires used on road, MTB and gravel wheels are within the tire pressure limits. Please refer to the notes section.
  2. Make sure the maximum weight limit is not exceeded on road, road disc, gravel, and MTB wheels.
  3. Avoid making jumps on carbon spoke wheels whenever possible. Jumps should be less than 15cm in height.
  4. Ride with caution. There is a risk of rims or spokes breaking in the event of a collision, resulting in injury or death.