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what's the deal with Spinergy RevX wheels?(17 posts)

what's the deal with Spinergy RevX wheels?namir in SoCal
Jun 9, 2002 9:59 AM
I saw a guy on the trolley the other day with Spinergy Rev-X wheels, and I really liked the way they looked...super-slick. Does anyone have them? How well do they stay true? Do they spin well? There are a ton of them on eBay...I'd appreciate any thoughts.
clarification of my questionnamir in SoCal
Jun 9, 2002 12:06 PM
well, i've since learned (reading this morning) that those wheels can't go out of true, which is nice. still, anyone have thoughts on them?
there have been multiple, catastrophic failure reportsweiwentg
Jun 9, 2002 12:53 PM
involving stuff such as front wheels breaking and/or delaminating (I think), and rivets (the wheels have rivets) pulling out. and the customer service was horrific. when browsing through rec.bicycles.tech, I came across a link to a site which had posted reports on a total of around 17 rev-x failures, quite a few of them catastrophic (ie involving serious injury - one guy broke his back). I've unfortunately lost the link to the site.
there have been multiple, catastrophic failure reportsnamir in SoCal
Jun 9, 2002 2:21 PM
yeesh...sucks 'cause they look SO cool. any other wheels that look similar?
there have been multiple, catastrophic failure reportsrider5673
Jun 9, 2002 6:16 PM
I've seen that myself, thankfully for the guy and the riders behind him, it was the rear wheel, and he just skidded of the road on his rear derailler or hub or whatever...not a pretty sight...I swore off those wheels from that point on...
Here's the dealKerry
Jun 9, 2002 4:31 PM
The Spinergy RevX wheel was on the market for a number of years, with a fair number sold. It is no longer on the market. Since it was not replaced by a comparable wheel, does that constitute a successful design? The magic 8 Ball says "all signs point to NO"
i understand...it's just a shame. they're so slick looking. nmnamir in SoCal
Jun 9, 2002 5:24 PM
re: what's the deal with Spinergy RevX wheels?Jekyll
Jun 9, 2002 7:00 PM
I must be the exception to the rule. I have thousands of miles on my RevX and they are fine. I don't think its true that they "can't" go out of true (I've seen a set that was out). They do spin nice, they are not light but when running on a flat or going down hill they are fast as hell (noticeably faster then my Ksyriums, they also ride better). Mine are the standard version, tubular, 2000 model. On the other hand, Spinergy seems to be notorious for designs that don't hold up. Their customer service is the worst I have encountered in the industry (and that's saying something!). I had a problem with a bad free hub body which took forever and a day and a ton of aggravation to get resolved.
re: what's the deal with Spinergy RevX wheels?JimP
Jun 10, 2002 1:30 PM
I have seen several catestrophic failures that the riders lived to talk about. They certainly won't ride on any Spinergy wheels now. The wheels themselves are heavy and not very aerodynamic when compared with other aero wheels. They really have 8 big flat spokes that make quite a mess of the air. Now, as to spinning, they will work like any heavy rim, slow to accelerate and slow to decelerate - but with a lot of wind resistance to any crosswinds. The only thing really going for them is the price.
and added to all thatlonefrontranger
Jun 10, 2002 1:59 PM
I recall they were flexy as all hell. I raced on 'em once a bunch of years ago, back when I only weighed 135, and they were noodles. At 135 lbs, a wimpy no-wattage female Cat 4 should NOT be able to flex *anything*, much less induce brake rub on a set of wheels when climbing.
Could you describe them please? Thanks. nm.unchained
Jun 10, 2002 3:19 PM
nm.
re: what's the deal with Spinergy RevX wheels?Carbon fiber fanatik
Jun 10, 2002 5:07 PM
I rode a set of rev-x sometime ago. I'll never own any.. I seen what happens when a rear goes ballastic. I also had a friend who was about to lose his mind while trying to deal with spinergy's "customer service" (misnomer bigtime). They are like harley's, overpriced, unreliable and though they look "cool" enough, not worth the walk back home.

Of course this is all just MHO...
Plus no longer Race Legal...nmLeGrimper
Jun 10, 2002 9:10 PM
Who told you that?TJeanloz
Jun 11, 2002 9:46 AM
Granted, not UCI race legal, but not a lot of people ride UCI events...
curious to know, were these raced by pros?weiwentg
Jun 11, 2002 9:59 AM
as above.
on an aside note, I know that one of our (Singapore) triathletes is sponsored by Spinergy. perhaps they feel they can eliminate the competition for US triathletes :p
(JUST A JOKE!)
They were very popular,TJeanloz
Jun 12, 2002 6:41 AM
Around 1996-1997, Spinergy wheels were very popular in the pro field. Brochard won the world championships on them, many Olympic teams used them- it was really the first mass-accepted carbon wheel. And it's probably still the all time best seller.
re: what's the deal with Spinergy RevX wheels?UCIrvineCyclist
Jun 12, 2002 12:21 AM
I own a set of the Spinergy Rev X, Mavic Ksyrium, and Cane Creek Aerohead wheels. They are aerodynamic and have a high Gucci factor rating. So far I believe there has been 3 generations of Rev X Wheels. The first generation of wheels had the most problems (my cycling coach was involved in a lawsuit with Spinergy as a victim of a broken wheel). The problem with the Spinergy or any radial laced wheel is when a blade/spoke is perpendicular with the ground a percentage of the rider's weight is placed on to that single spoke and then weight is distributed along the rim. Even though carbon fiber is very strong it can break (DUH). In Spinergy's case, many of the wheel failures happened where the spoke blade met the hub or where the spoke met the rim. The first generation wheels can be identified if your hub is completely flush with your carbon spoke. If you plan to keep riding your wheel, I recommend getting "I" beams to strengthen your wheels to prevent a wheel failure. FYI, I continue to ride with my first generation (front wheel) and second generation (rear wheel) Spinergies. And no, the rear wheel did not break. I bought them one at a time. About the UCI banning Spinergy, I believe that was just a rumor. During the 2001 Tour, several teams were running the Rev X wheels.

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