Reducing weight and increasing strength are the main reasons people choose carbon fiber over aluminum or other metal wheels. Carbon fiber is much more durable than people think and is the primary material of choice when trying to achieve racing or any other type of vehicle reinforcement. With so many advantages, taking care of carbon fiber wheels is easier than you think.
1. Clean the carbon fiber wheels. Carbon fiber is a polymer woven together to create a very strong yet lightweight material. The problem with carbon fiber is that UV rays can damage the material and cause it to deteriorate over time. You can use a pressure washer and a cloth to clean the wheels, making sure the cleaner you use is specifically for carbon fiber, and don't use any abrasives as this can scratch the surface of the carbon fiber. Grease can also be removed using a specialized degreaser and a soft sponge. After the wheel hub is clean, dry the wheel hub with another soft cloth.
2. As you use it, there will be more or less problems with the freehub base and bearings. It's a good idea to clean and lubricate your freehub base once a year to keep it in tip-top shape. Your local bike shop can help, but if you want to do it yourself, we recommend using grease. The bearings need to be replaced regularly, but in our experience, they have a long life.
3. Maintain and repair spokes. Spokes are also an essential part of the wheelset. Once one of your spokes is broken or damaged, it needs to be replaced in time, otherwise, it may cause personal danger. You may want to check the spoke tension after riding for a while. When the wheel is in different conditions, the spokes will have different tension. Spoke tension should be within a certain range and should be as uniform as possible. When you ride in wet conditions, apply as little chain lube as possible to each spoke nipple.
4. Protect your carbon fiber wheels. Just like any other material, carbon fiber does require protection to prevent it from fading. Without proper maintenance, materials will not last as long as they should and will look tacky quickly. When it comes to protecting carbon fiber, you can buff it with car polish as normal and then cover it with a clear paint sealant, wax, or ceramic coating. Either one is fine, but for more peace of mind, use ceramic coating as it will last longer and be an overall better protector than ceramic coating.
5. How to refurbish carbon fiber wheels. It is inevitable that any wheel hub will be damaged in some way. Small rocks or mounting curbs are the main ways your carbon fiber wheels can chip or get scratched. Fortunately, carbon fiber wheels can be repaired. Most mag repair centers cater to carbon fiber and there are many advancements in repairs. They will be more expensive to repair than aluminum, so it's important to stay off the curb.