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Old 10-10-2002, 12:42 AM
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Anyone heard of problems with FM-10s? Can't decide between FM-10 and Kinesis k-28. Any advice?
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Old 10-10-2002, 11:57 AM
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Both are excellent quality and lightweight. However, both use a very soft spun aluminum lip which could bend easily if you don't have enough pressure in tires and hit a pothole. Just the nature of very lightweight wheels.
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Old 10-10-2002, 12:39 PM
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Unless you plan on spending a lot of time on the Cross Bronx Expressway, I wouldn't worry that much about the bent rims. I think the pressure would have to be severely low for this to be an issue.

About 50% of the cars at DE's are equipped with Kinesis or Fikse's. Over the years there's been a pretty large sampling of cars going off and hitting dropoffs, curbing, and whatever, but this hasn't appeared to be an issue.
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Old 10-10-2002, 04:41 PM
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Thanks for the feedback.

I'd heard murmurs around FM-10 cracking and wanted to check with everyone. But rumors may be due to a lot of local Fikse shop vs Kinesis shop head-butting. They don't get a long well.
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Old 10-10-2002, 05:21 PM
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I've got Kinesis and love them but have never heard anything bad about the Fikse. I wouldn't hesitate to use either.

The biggest differences are the cosmetics and somewhat different available offsets.
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Old 10-10-2002, 05:44 PM
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[quote]Originally posted by Jeff Randall:
<strong>I'd heard murmurs around FM-10 cracking and wanted to check with everyone. But rumors may be due to a lot of local Fikse shop vs Kinesis shop head-butting. They don't get a long well.</strong><hr></blockquote>

You should probably take your business to a more reliable shop. <a href="http://www.wheelenhancement.com" target="_blank">This</a> one sells both and will give you a straight answer.
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Old 10-10-2002, 06:24 PM
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Jeff,

You may want to look at a <a href="http://forums.rennlist.com/forums/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic&f=20&t=000198" target="_blank">previous thread </a>on this topic from last Spring.

Incidentally, <a href="http://www.theracersgroup.com/" target="_blank">The Racers Group </a>was quite helpful and had more competitive Fikse pricing than many others, (far more so than Wheel Enhancement) in my experience.

Good luck,
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Old 10-11-2002, 01:35 AM
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Jeff,

I've used my Fikse FM-10's on both the street and track without any problems. Very pleased with the quality and appearance.
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Old 10-11-2002, 12:51 PM
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I use FM-10's on my track car. Never had a problem with in 4 seasons of track driving. However, they are a bitch to clean.
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Old 10-12-2002, 02:00 AM
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With that complaint, I expected to see that you were from the Seattle area. I was told the same thing by THAT shop in Redmond.

BTW, if you are looking for track wheels, you might want to check out Complete Custom Wheel. They aren't quite as attractive as the Kinesis or Fikse wheels, but they offer customer 3 piece sets for under $2,000. I'm sure someone else could post the site.
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Old 10-12-2002, 12:46 PM
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You're right on target, it's the "Redmond shop" that gave me the feedback. Just didn't sound right, so wanted to hear the real story from you guys. Thanks for everyone's feedback.

I'm leaning toward the FM-10s. They look good, are light, and the 17" will fit on my SC.
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Old 10-13-2002, 02:36 PM
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Jeff,

Fikses are amazingly light and strong. The only negative comment I've heard about the FM-10 is that they are difficult to clean (see Mike's comment above). I recently have seen FM-10's finished in black anodized, which on the right car, looks very nice. The FM-5 is easy (or, at least, easier) to keep clean.

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Old 10-13-2002, 04:58 PM
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Per Richard: The FM-5 is easy (or, at least, easier) to keep clean.

Agree. You may also want to check out the Fikse Mach V's. Less nooks and crannies than the FM10's with a look that's closer to it.
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Old 10-14-2002, 12:29 AM
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Good point, I hate cleaning wheels so may have to give it some more thought.

I've never seen a Mach V or FM-5 on a SC. Anyone have any pictures?
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Old 10-14-2002, 10:09 AM
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Here's some Kinesis K5. The cleaning issue is what made the decision on these easy. I owned BBS snowflakes once, Never again! The Fikse's are even easier to clean because of the bolt arrangement.

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