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Any opinions on ALEX Wheels? From Supergo.....(7 posts)

Any opinions on ALEX Wheels? From Supergo.....WCC
Feb 12, 2003 8:09 PM
..looking for a set of training/trainer spare wheels. How about these?
Rolf has problems, I would get Open Pros with Ultegra. nmPaul
Feb 13, 2003 3:30 AM
exactly what problems do Rolf's have? nmscorpionking
Feb 13, 2003 4:48 AM
Broken spoke on rear (comps) can cause the wheel toPaul
Feb 14, 2003 5:31 AM
disintegrate. Two riders in my club had this happen to them. In one case, bike was destroyed, and two riders hurt badly. I wouldn't trust them or the Pros. had problems with their tubeulars doing the tour awhile back, came came apart.
One riderin my club had a broken spoke on his new K's, bike was unrideable, but the wheel was okay.
The guy has some cool wheels, buy 2 sets...Quack
Feb 13, 2003 8:42 AM
Skorpionking's post is likely to start a Rolf bash fest with everyone who ever had trouble or knew someone that had trouble with his previous wheels coming out of the woodwork. I would like to be the first to say that I love the guy's designs and they have worked for me. Aesthetics are top notch. Value in my book is fantastic. A buddy and I have used two sets of Vector Comps for at least 6000 miles combined and have not had any major issues with them.

They aren't the lightest rims on the planet, but they are tough as nails, and definitely make me go faster. Maybe it's the look but I doubt it. In my solo rides across open spaces, I am nearly .5mph faster on average than when I'm on my normal wheels.

Just because a guy loses a big contract with a major manufacturer doesn't necessarily mean that his design or quality is crap. It more than likely means that the major manufacturer determined it was cheaper to go with something else. Especially when the new design is as aesthetically pleasing as the old. Which is why 99.9% of buyers will choose bikes with boutique wheels with lots of decals over bikes with conventional wheel builds.

I would buy 2 sets if they are that cheap and you're worried about needing parts in the future.

The guy has some cool wheels, buy 2 sets...scorpionking
Feb 13, 2003 5:52 PM
My post definitely was NOT intended to start a Rolf bash fest, rather I was replying to Paul and asking him why he said in his post that Rolf had as he called it problems?

I think Rolf is easily one of the best and most innovative forces the wheelbuilding industry has seen in the last 50 years. So many companies right now are making paired spoke technology wheels using Rolfs designs under liscencing agreements it would be crazy to argue he isn't one of the most influential wheel designers of the last 10 years.

I am currently considering a pair of Prima's myself, i can't weait until the Elan hits the market in May, I'll be first in line. Rolfs wheels are unique in that they are very stiff, relatively light and aero all in one package. The new Prima wheels are supposedly even better than the old Rolfs with even greater durability and strength at lighter weights.
Go for it.....$150 is not bad....DaveLobster
Feb 13, 2003 8:04 AM
For the money, I say go for it. You couldn't get a pair of Ultregra hubs and rims for much less than $150, and you'd still need spokes, nipples and labor.

I generally consider these types of wheels throw-away, because the components themselves are not re-usable (or worth re-using). But there are people out there spending hundreds of dollars on equally non-light, non-repairable wheels. This way, if they give you one or two years of training miles, you've gotten your money's worth.