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Help: which is the better wheelset(6 posts)

Help: which is the better wheelsetThe Great Satchmo
Jul 9, 2001 11:44 AM
Rolf Vector Comps or the Simano Ultegras with the lateral cross over patern, thanks in advance. I am about 150lbs and don't reck my wheels.
I wouldn't do the Rolfs...WadeOmatic
Jul 9, 2001 12:58 PM
There's a Rolf at the LBS waiting for a spoke. It's a $100 repair. They had some skewer problems too. The LBS sells a lot of Lemonds with Rolfs and they just shake their heads when you ask (axe for Letterman fans) about Rolf wheels.

Ya'll are tired of hearing it, but my next set of custom wheels will be Dave Thomas' Speeddreams with his own or King hubs.

My new bike is coming with Ultegra/Open Pro setup...It'll take me a while to wear those out. Right now I'm riding 105/Wolber 36-holers that weigh about 3 lbs each.

power to the pedal
Jul 9, 2001 1:12 PM
I'm sure that everybody, myself included, is getting tired of my regular wheel recommendation, so perhaps this'll be the last time: groupset hubs to regular box-section rims (eg Open Pro). 32 or 36 db spokes, 3 cross everywhere. These will be the best wheels, regarding durability, weight, cost; if you want the flashy ones, choose the set that you like the look of most.
I wouldn't do the Rolfs...guod
Jul 9, 2001 1:50 PM
I hope you are not serious about a $100 repair for a spoke.
I wouldn't do the Rolfs...grz mnky
Jul 10, 2001 4:51 PM
Huh, a single spoke for a Ksyrium is approx. $4.90 and very easy to replace. In my mind the best botique wheels would be Campy and Mavic, otherwise get a nice set of hand built DA (or Record)/Open Pro/DT. Good value and solid performance. You can get all fancy with high-zoot hubs, but they really don't buy you much - except *everyone* will know if you run Chris King Hubs, the moment you coast - bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.........
re: Help: which is the better wheelsetChris McDonnell
Jul 10, 2001 2:57 AM
Of the two I'd go for the Rolfs. Both of the wheelsets you mention are going to be heavier than a DA/Record hub on open pros though they will be more aerodynamic. My own experience with specialist wheels is that they are only really an improvement on DA/Record hubs on open pros at the higher end, e.g. Rolf vector Pros, Mavic Ksyriums etc....However, they all look better!

Alot of people on this site seem to like to critisise specialist wheelsets in favour of a good shop built pair, I don't think this is entirely true though. I think this is probably due to the costs, if you can convince yourself that cheaper is better, then you feel better not having a specialist wheel and also a lightweight specialist wheel will not be quite as relaible due to thinner rims/fewer spokes, however, they should still be plenty strong enough.

I have a set of 28 hole record hubs on open pro rims and these are an excellent wheelset, particularly for winter riding. However, they are no match for my Kysriums that are lighter (granted, not by much), more aerdynamic and just look much cooler. I have 5000 miles on them this year and they are still pay for what you get although some sets do offer better value.