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Spinergy X-Aero Carbon Wheels(5 posts)

Spinergy X-Aero Carbon Wheelsjtb013
Jan 4, 2003 3:21 PM
Anyone out there have an opinion on Spinergy X-Aero Carbon Wheels? I'm debating between HED J3's, Zipp 404's, Nimble Crosswind's, and the Spinergy's. A$$, just get the corimas..roleur21
Jan 5, 2003 9:19 AM
These are just corima rims with Spinergy's joke of a spoke. The spokes are light and strong, but so large and round that the aerodynamics of the wheel become ugly pretty fast, regardless of how few spokes you use. The traditional version of these is considered to be 30%+ worse than a standard 32 spoke wheel (aerodynamically, speaking, see bicycle sports data). As a side note, the Spinergy's would be great training wheels as you must work substantially harder to spin them, thus burning more calories and getting more out of your rides, then put on a pair of fast race wheels and feel like a god!!

The 404's are probably the most respected wheel in the marketplace right now, purportedly as aero as a Hed3 without the crosswind problems, and almost 1/3 the weight. The Nimble is a bit sketchy, I've heard both wonderful/horror stories about the product and the company, just avoid the painted ones, these are cosmetically blemished products painted over and sold at a higher price. The Hed3 is a good albeit heavy wheel as it is NOT manufactured by Hed, but in Spain. I would avoid Hed Alps, J3 and other Hed designed/manufactured products, definitely not this companies specialty. The Mavic Cosmic Carbones are highly respected for aerodynamics, ride quality, etc. The rear wheel alone is heavier than the PAIR of 404's, but a good bit lighter than a single 3-spoke, and much higher quality. Corima does not make bad stuff, check them out, but avoid their ultra-light versions, same rim with less carbon reinforcement and fewer spokes.

As a side note, Spinergy has quickly become the most hated company around. They are currently being sued by 3 different hub manufacturers for non-payment, VeloNews is suing for non-payment on advertising, and now their own sales-reps have filed a class action guessed it, non-payment, (thanks to a very respected non-spinergy sales rep for the info). Everybody in the industry has been singing the death hymn of Spinergy for 5 or 6 years now, but it seems that if you are savvy enough you can get away with murder, over and over and over again. A$$, just get the corimas..jtb013
Jan 6, 2003 4:48 PM
Thanks for the information. Care to elaborate on the horror stories that you heard about the Nimbles? Also, I've looked at the Mavic Cosmic Carbones, but they kind of scared me off since I'm a big guy (6'4" and 220 lbs.)and I was afraid they'd be easy to knock out of true. Any other comments would be appreciated. A$$, just get the corimas..bjarne
Jan 16, 2003 4:59 AM
If you are afraid off the cosmic carbone´s not being strong enough because off your weight, I wouldn´t recommend any of the other wheels either,since they are light weight wheels, who probably wont support a rider of your "class".

re: Nimble CrosswindJimP
Jan 5, 2003 3:46 PM
I have ridden on a pair of Nimble Crosswinds for 4 years now without any problems. I ride them as my everyday wheels and ride at least 3000 miles per year. The Crosswinds are very aero and only weigh 1550 grams. I would recommend calling Nimble and discussing your riding characteristics to see what they recommend. The folks at Nimble have been very helpful for me.