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Questionable Wheels: Spox, Bianchi Levitation?(7 posts)

Questionable Wheels: Spox, Bianchi Levitation?rockbender
Apr 26, 2002 10:01 AM
Two of the bikes I am looking to buy come with wheelsets that I am a little uneasy about.

I have found very little feedback on Bianchi's 'house' Levitation wheelset. They look decent on paper, ride pretty stiff, and seem to not have my favorite braking surface feel. Any opinions?

Next, another bike is equipped with Spinergy Spox (second generation). These wheels ride nice - I really like the way they absorb road shock especially when on an AL frame. Still, I am VERY concerned with quality control and warranty of these wheels. I am assuming their aero disadvantage would go fairly un-noticed by the average-joe non-racer? I have read the reviews, but any other input on these wheels would be great!

Spox is crap!Qubeley
Apr 26, 2002 11:55 AM
go to the review section. They have serious design flaws, broken spokes. And the warranty seems to be just horrible.
Spox aren't aero.jw25
Apr 26, 2002 3:04 PM
Sorry, but they just aren't. Sure, the rim profile is better than an Open Pro, say, but the spokes are huge, and that's where a lot of drag comes from.
They've also gotten some ugly reviews here. If they were the wire-spoked version (SR-3?), I'd say great, but the spoke attachment hardware of the Spox seems fragile, and that flexible a spoke will go whipping around into the brakes or whatever.
The Bianchi wheels look like a copy of the Formula/Supergo Xero's, but with a more realistic spoke count in the back. They'll be heavy, but actually aero, and should be alright. I wouldn't race them, but they should be fine. The braking surface feel can be fixed with different pads, or may be a function of break-in.
Personally, I wouldn't let the wheelset sway you too much, as wheels are fairly easy to sell or swap. I'd worry more about fit and ride quality.
Spox aren't aero.rockbender
Apr 26, 2002 6:38 PM
Thanks Thanks Thanks guys!

I will not let cool looks sway me from functionality!
(hell, they don't even look THAT cool!)
Spox aren't aero.S-U-B
Apr 26, 2002 9:28 PM
good friend had bianchi levetations come on his bike and had tons of problems with them. He is about 195 lbs and a strong rider, but he was popping spokes left and right. The last episode happened when we were doing a descent, I was about ten feet behind him, were both doing 50 mph, and he loses a spoke. Well, needless to say, there isn't a whole lot of paint left on the left seat and chain stay of his bike. This was the second set of levetations, after bianchi replaced the first set. They finally replaced them with a set of neutrons I believe, but they said the fact that the wheel tore his bike up was not their problem, even though they admit the wheels were crap.
Haven't had problem with SPOXliu02bhs
Apr 27, 2002 8:02 PM
I have a set of SPOX. I really haven't had too much trouble with it. Then again, I don't ride it very much. I'm only 130 lbs, so I don't notice any vibration-damping abilities. I should of spend my hard earned dough on some more aero wheels. I think the HUGE hubs just killed the aerodynamics. What were the engineers who designed this wheel on?
re: SPOX R1sapex5200
May 3, 2002 7:11 AM
I have aset of the Spox r1 and have mixed feeling about them. The wheels are lighter than almost everything, minus soem carbon wheels, but i have a problem witht he rear hub. basically it is broken, and i rode teh wheel for about 15 miles before it broke. we called Spinergy nd they were nice in telling me that there wasn't anything that they were going to do about it. so i got soem of teh guys at teh shop who lukily knew how to work on them to fix it at a relatively nominal cost. In conclusion i would say that the best thing to do is ti look at what you will be using them for. they are not really aero, so they suck at descending and on long flat rides, but on the other hand, they absorb shock like a champ, thus they could be good on long flat rides, it depends on what you want. I live in the mountains, and climb for about 90 percent of my rides, so i very light, non aero wheel is great for the windy hills. i like them, though only for the specific purpose i use them for.
hope that helps