Tore my wheel down to switch tires, taking it apart wasn’t terrible. Had some issues with stuff being glued together that wasn’t supposed to be (like the side panels to the tail light…) and a cable covering that adhered to the shell somehow? I ended up needing so many different tools than I thought I needed, a heat gun, and 3 different sets of Allan keys 😭. You CANNOT take this apart without a table. So glad I relocated from my living room floor to my partner’s workplace. He had a workbench in a corner, out of the way.
Putting it back together was the worst part. My axle didnt want to line up with the grey slider housing, then the tire and rim was WAY off Center. Tore it apart at least 3 times to try and Center it, but now I have a permenant wheel rub as the tire isn’t the same width all around - im thinking maybe the inner tube is pinched or something because you can see that spot extending out further??? Its not a defined bulge. You can only see it when you look st the wheel straight on and spin it. I didnt have any issues inflating it though…. If I cant fix it with a massage im mailing it back to the shop I bought it from (I bought a really good warranty because I knew something would go wrong at some point). Im not spending another 8 hours on it and also using a workspace that im not even supposes to be in 😭. I really dont have that time unless I use vacation time.
The silver spacers/o-rings that sit on the axle also kept slipping off while I was trying to put the black cleat things on so that added onto the multiple tear downs to get that axle in the right location - I angry cry so can you guess how many times I almost started crying today? The shell that holds the grey foamy part also didn't want to fit back together at all. I was constantly trying to muscle it so all the holes for the multitude of screws would actually go in. I legit had to get my partner to put it back together because i didnt have the strength to warp the shell enough to secure it back on. It was horrible. On the very minimal plus side, no wobble.
My take away points:
Do not take this wheel apart unless you have a buddy to do the whole process with you. On second thought Just dont take it apart actually…. So guess who is NOT going to touch up their suspension
You will need a table.
Budget at minimum 6 hours for this.
Get multiple sets of Allan keys (different brands and measurements because their choices for this wheel make no sense at all, you can use the same screw driver head for every screw but the Allan key ones? Have fun finding the one ultra specific one for the pedal hangers and cleats)
If you can afford being down a wheel for the weekend maybe do it over a few days (I haven’t ridden in like 2.5+ months now because of this stupid tire wobble and my surprise short notice work tasking. If I knew I was being forced to work out of province I would have just arranged to send my wheel back last month 😭😭😤😤😤 now i cant even ride it before I leave again and during the last bit of good weather)
I will not buy a wheel that isnt modular after this experience.