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What's the difference between the Rolf Comp and Pro?(8 posts)

What's the difference between the Rolf Comp and Pro?PCH
May 16, 2001 2:50 PM
I recently borrowed a set of Rolf Vector Comps and put them on my bike just to try them out. The front wheel kept making this sound like the brake pads were dragging on the rim, but the pads were clear. The noise seem to come from the front hub.

I can't seem to get much info on these wheels, but anyone tell me the difference between the Comp and the Pro model in respect to hubs, rims and strength. The Pro's cost about twice as much, is it worth the difference??

Thanks
PCH
re: What's the difference between the Rolf Comp and Pro?Bob in Indiana
May 16, 2001 9:03 PM
There's (sort of) a website www.freewheel.com/rolf/...I guess Rolf Wheels is owned by TREK now. There used to be a much more informative website.

In any event, I have Comps, and love them (once the spokes were loctited to avoid excessive loosening!), and I know Pros have a lower spoke count, for better aero, and lighter weight, but I believe the hubs are the same?

I read somewhere that "a noisy hub is a happy hub", that they are only perfectly quiet, with no clicking, right before they're gonna die.

Hope this helps.
re: What's the difference between the Rolf Comp and Pro?James
May 17, 2001 1:24 AM
The comps have 16/20 spokes and the standard vectors have 20/24. The comp's have bladed spokes, while the other has reg. black ones. I've heard the hub was better on the comp's, but im not sure. try looking at the reviews and email owners.
Check this first...longfellow
May 17, 2001 5:08 AM
I have Comps and thought I had a hub going bad also. I swore it was the problem, until someone on this board mentioned something about putting electrical tape on the valve of the presta tube. Wow, it worked. The valve was banging against the rim somehow, and the tape silenced it. I swear it sounded like something was rubbing or the hub was bad. Check that first...
Also, the front hub is simple to take apart and regrease. Not sure you can get to the bearings (sealed I think), but you can take out the axle shaft and regrease.
Thanks...morePCH
May 17, 2001 4:13 PM
Do I apply the tape around the stem of the valve?
Thanks...morelongfellow
May 18, 2001 7:20 AM
Yeah, try to get it where the stem and rim contact each other. Its sometimes hard to get the stem through with the tape on it since its a tight fit. 1 layer max maybe.
re: What's the difference between the Rolf Comp and Pro?slbenz
May 17, 2001 10:05 AM
The Pro and Comp use the same aero rims. For strength, I would think the Comp is stronger due to the fact there is a higher spoke count vs. the Pro. The hubs are different, the Pros use a lighter and higher quality hub set vs. the Comp. I have a set of Comps and have not experienced the sound you mentioned. I suspect that the front hub is in need of servicing. I have ridden over 3500 miles on my Comps without a problem so far. In regards to you question about the Pros worth twice the cost, I think I would answer no. This is because you only receive a slight increase in aero performance and a little weight reduction that you may not feel. I went with for my racing wheelset with Zipp 404 tubular. Much more aero and significantly lighter than either the Pro or Comp that you can easily feel every time. Hope this helps.
re: What's the difference between the Rolf Comp and Pro?Eames
May 17, 2001 2:16 PM
This may seem like a small issue but think on it for a bit.

Pro's have no exposed nipples. What happens when you want to true a wheel? You have to take the tire/tube/tape off to get at the nipple. Talk about a pain in the arse. Comp's have normal nipples and can be trued regularly.