Alu Alpinas on my GT for 2.5 years ~20,000 milesHere's a question for guys with the above wheels - how are they holding up to long term use? does the paint begin to flake off after a few trips in the rain, or do the spokes go rusty? How well do they cope with British type winters?
My Alpinas went on the bike back in May 2007. 10+ years and about 19K miles later, they keep pressure as well as any wheel in our garage and have remained straight and true. A close inspection the other day showed no chipping paint or rust on the spokes (i.e. black rim with silver spokes).Here's a question for guys with the above wheels - how are they holding up to long term use? does the paint begin to flake off after a few trips in the rain, or do the spokes go rusty? How well do they cope with British type winters?
Are the Faba that expensive now ?The Faba wheels look to be a better solution to sealing the spokes to me, it seems to be more secure and simpler to just form a chamber around the nipple, to seal it. Pity they are so expensive, and it's a shame that the rims are not available separately.
The rims actually are DID, there is the logo printed on the black rims. I do not know about nipples..... it's a shame that the rims are not available separately.
Normally they are black, but I have them silver. Supplied with a small extra charge..... I wanted silver rims, and Faba rims are black.
I'm not up to prices, but in my opinion the relationship is the opposite.In Europe, Alpinas can be found for around 1350 Euros, but FaBas for 1550.
They say so because there have been complaints, there is a discussion with photos right on this forum. In fact, by removing the black paint, the DID rim junction appears. I had noticed it when I bought them and, frankly, forgot until reading the discussion of the complaint. For me it's like a "mouche", a beauty mark.Good info on the Faba's Mozo
Re the color, Faba told me they could make the Black DID rims Silver, but the resulting finish was sometimes poor. So they recommended to stay with black.
However, it sounds like yours turned out ok.