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Help request: Matrix Aurora wheels(4 posts)

Help request: Matrix Aurora wheelsmbejar
Oct 1, 2002 6:59 PM
I'm hoping someone can help with some advice.
I'm new to road biking and just recently purchased
a hybrid bike(specialized sirrus). I was having problems
with the rear wheel(alex rim). I got 7 flat tires in 10days!
I kept going back to the place where I purchased the bike and finally they agreed there was a problem with the wheel.
They replaced both wheels with a matrix aurora wheel set. Not being familiar with components, I just thanked them for replacing the wheel set and continued on. The wheels seem to be ok but I'm not sure if I have been screwed or if this is somewhat of an upgrade which they told me it was. Can someone with some knowledge on wheels offer their opinion on this? Thanks alot.
I'd guess you got an upgradeRay Sachs
Oct 2, 2002 4:09 AM
I don't know a lot about the matrix aurora wheels, but I have a set on my Lemond cyclocross bike and they've held up remarkably well under a lot of abuse. I have also been using matrix aurora rear rims (offset spoke holes for less dish, 32 spoke) rather than open pros on three wheelsets and I prefer these for rear rims despite being about 20-30 grams heavier. They've been pretty nearly bulletproof.

So, I don't know what they took off the Specialized, but I don't think you did badly with the replacements.

re: Help request: Matrix Aurora wheelsFred the Cross Poser
Oct 2, 2002 7:18 AM
I also have Matrix Aurora rims with Tiagra hubs on my cross bike and they have held up well to some serious abuse. I bought them at a LBS who stated that they had come off a Trek 2000-something-or-other that the purchaser had wanted to upgrade the wheelset.

Again, not sure about the Alex, but the Matrix Aurora have turned out to be a stout set of wheels.
one bad experienceDaveG
Oct 2, 2002 10:13 AM
After trashing my wheels in an encounter with a drainage ditch I rebuilt the wheels with Matrix Aurora rims on the advice of the shop (they were less expensive than my other options). I cracked the rear rim within 1000 miles at the spoke eyelets. Shop replaced it with a MA40. Front rim was fine for many miles. Could have been a build problem. Also, this was back in '96 so the rims may be different now. The Aurora uses a single spoke eyelet which to me doesn't seem as strong as the Mavid design. I weigh 180lbs so that could be a factor