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Rolf Vector Pro wheels scare me(10 posts)

Rolf Vector Pro wheels scare meSoul-Tez
Apr 9, 2003 6:13 AM
I just bought a Klein Quantum that came with Rolf Vector Pro wheels. I currently have 32 spokes in each wheel. The idea of only 30 spokes in both wheels makes me nervous. Most of my riding is on fairly smooth pavement with some moderate climbs thrown in. I weigh 165 Lbs. If I break 1 of my few spokes can I expect a catastrophic failure follwed by a spectactular accident?
I have almost 15,000 miles with no problemsMaartin
Apr 9, 2003 6:37 AM
I weigh 205 lbs. and ride bad roads year round. They are fine wheels though I just bought new lighter wheels because I wanted to try something else. Only problem is they fill up with water (use silicone to seal them) but they are strong. Watch the dirt in your brake pads. I have huge scratches in them from riding wet, dirty roads and not cleaning the pads and road salt damage (were my lock scratched the coating off)to the aluminum. Not the wheels fault. I still use these for wet days as they go through pot holes well.
Cyclocross = a strong wheelBIG RING
Apr 9, 2003 9:24 AM
I had these wheels for a year, no problems. I weigh 190 and bought them because I saw pictures of people racing them in cycloross events, enough said. They look great and ride stiff. Only problem is the rotational weight they carry because of all the mass on the high profile rim. they spin up rather slowly compared to any number of other wheels, I have Ksyrium Sl's now, but, they do haul ass on a flat, non hilly roads. The SL's are much more efficient climbing wheels, felt a big difference on the same routes.
Where does the silicone go?Soul-Tez
Apr 9, 2003 10:47 AM
I assume that the silicone goes around the nipple where it meets the rim. Sounds like it could be a mess. I also assume that I would have to keep it off of the braking surface.
You are right. ..Just around the innner tube nippleMaartin
Apr 9, 2003 12:01 PM
A little dab of silicone is all it takes. Primitive but effective.
re: Rolf Vector Pro wheels scare meslide13
Apr 9, 2003 7:13 AM
I do beleive that if you break a spoke on these low spoke wheels the results are worse then on a regular wheel. Never experienced it myself. But, these wheels are surprisingly strong! I have had similar wheels on both my road and mountain bikes and they have held up really well. Havn't broken a spoke yet, and I weigh in around 260lbs!!!!
dont be afriad!the bull
Apr 9, 2003 7:51 AM
My eurus has 18 spokes in the rear(6 on the non drive side).I am suprised at how stiff and strong they are.

Own 'em & like 'em for smooth ride, aero & good looksKeeponTrekkin
Apr 9, 2003 9:05 AM
The rim is very strong which allows the low spoke count. The spokes are very high tension as fewer spokes support the rider's weight. Broken spokes are probably more likely. The hubs are really nice and the prevailing wisedom is that the aero wheels are faster at higher speeds. (You may need lighter weight climbing wheels more than higher speed aero wheels - a function of riding style and personal preference). Of course, all low spoke wheels are very distinctive in appearance (cool is a very personal thing.)

One of my rear, non-drive side spokes broke about 2 threads into the nipple just 2 weeks ago. That's not a highly stressed spoke so I attribute the failure to a metallurgy flaw, not metal fatigue. The failure did not cascade. The rim was pulled out of true toward the drive side at that point and began to rub the brake pad. I opened the brake and rode carefully home.

Not every LBS is experienced with Rolfs. My convenient LBS didn't have spokes or the little wrench needed to turn the internal nipple. After a week, the mechanic borrowed the right wrench, used my spare spoke, replaced it and re-trued the wheel - good as new and hopefully better.

I think you have to be self reliant with these wheels or be sure you have a place to service them if needed. The spokes are stainless steel, 14 ga, DT bladed. The little wrench is a 5mm socket (available from Craftsman). I suspect DT makes the nipples. I see a lot of them in the classifieds so if you're uncomfortable with them, you can always sell them. (I don't need another set.) Good luck with them.

Me too, I don't use mine anymore....usna00
Apr 9, 2003 9:35 PM
When I first got these wheels I thought I liked them. Then after about 1000 pretty easy miles the rear hub split. Nice crack right down the middle of it. No problem though, sent it back and had it replaced by a shop in about 4 days. Fast forward 6000 miles....within a span of about 500 miles I broke 3 spokes, all on the rear wheel. I don't consider myself to be abusive to wheels, weigh 155lbs, but the thing was popping like champagne on new years eve. Each time the broken spoke definately ended my day and was not rideable. It fortunately did not end with a crash, but a broken spoke on one of these will dramatically change the shape of the wheel.
For all this, I don't ride them anymore. I still have them and will only use them if everything else has crapped out, in which case I'm probably screwed anyways and should just give up riding my bike.
Not meRickC5
Apr 10, 2003 8:14 AM
My wife and I both ride Vector Pros. Not a problem in over two years. The wheels have not even needed truing. I weigh 230 and she weighs about 155.