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Rolf Vector Pro'sProboscis
Dec 14, 2001 6:13 AM
I am looking to purchase or build a light wheelset for use in hilly roads. Anybody have any experiences with the Rolf's. They are certainly light, with so few spokes they look cool, but do they have any build quality or durability issues? Thanks for any input.
re: Rolf Vector Pro'speloton
Dec 14, 2001 7:16 AM
The VP's are probably best avoided if you have other options. They do ride well, and are light . Unfortunately they have problems with corrosion of the nipples, truing troubles due to high spoke tension, and if you ever break a spoke the wheel probably won't be rideable enough to get home due to high tension and low spoke count. Rolf also just broke off their relationship with Trek, and it may be hard to get warraty work done at this point in time, or even replacement parts. The tubular version also had problems with sharp edges being exposed in crashes. If you have other options, there are probably better wheels for your money.
re: Rolf Vector Pro'sdeeker
Dec 14, 2001 7:01 PM
Owned a set for 2 seasons now--about 4500 miles. They are still as true as the day I got them. Twice I hit potholes so hard my tube exploded (one front, one rear) yet the wheels were fine. I weigh 160 and ride a titanium/carbon frame (Seven).
A fellow cyclist about 20 lbs heavier did pop a rear spoke on his Rolfs, going downhill, at speed. The wheel seized and he was fortunate to only loose skin. Haven't seen him on Rolfs since then.
One question I have on Rolf's is wrt/maintenance--specifically hub and spoke nipple. E.g. should Loctite be reapplied to the nipple every xx miles or seasons or what?
re: Rolf Vector Pro'ssg
Dec 17, 2001 8:22 AM
This post is very interesting, because I too had my rolf lock up in the rear and lost all the skin on my ass! We still dont know if it was a popped spoke, chain or d-rail that initially caused the problem. The main thing is when you only have seven spokes on one side of your wheel no matter what happens, you potentially have a serious problem when travelling at speed. I speak to many who swear by the rolfs and their durability - however I am sold on normal spoke count wheels these days!
front wheel is fantastic ....secourir
Dec 14, 2001 11:33 PM
rear wheel will fail with high milage and rear hub is none too good with wet conditions.

have finally thrown my rear wheel away and gone for a shamal rear.

for the money youll have to pay k's pack a lot of good points for similar price/similar weight. never ridden them but the numbers are a good pointer. but yes them rolf's do look sexy and my front wheel is the best handling aero front wheel i have ridden. (tubular).

oh, a question for those campy heads who may read this - why is my shamal rated as a 632 instead of 622 size diameter? i know its not much but i have never seen this size quoted. my tubie slipped on as easy as any other "700c". just asking.
Dec 15, 2001 2:53 PM
like 'emDuane Gran
Dec 17, 2001 10:03 AM
I have ridden the Pros for about a thousand miles and have trained on Comps for about 9000 miles and like them. The Rolf wheels may never need trueing if you don't crash. It is really remarkable.

The downside is that you can't afford to break a spoke. These definitely aren't touring wheels and are best suited for racing in my opinion. There is a tendency to put weight limits on wheels, but no one can agree. At 150lbs (70kg) I can ride about any wheel I want, so heavier riders need to make their own judgement. If you have ever broken a spoke on a decent wheel I wouldn't recommend a low spoke wheel like the Rolf. Otherwise, I like them.