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ROLF PRIMA ELAN WHEELSET(5 posts)

ROLF PRIMA ELAN WHEELSETngl
Aug 16, 2003 6:23 PM
Has anyone purchased this clincher wheelset yet? How does it hold up?
Thanks,
Bought American Classic CR-350 insteadSTI
Aug 18, 2003 10:30 AM
I came close to buying the Rolf Elans. But for 100 grams and $250, I just couldn't justify them. Good luck.
re: ROLF PRIMA ELAN WHEELSETrgass
Aug 19, 2003 8:47 AM
I've seen ads for these wheels, but the three Rolf dealers I contacted in my area (Bicycle John's in Burbank, Laguna Cyclery in Laguna, and Velo Pasadena in Pasadena) didn't have them yet. They all had the Rolf Prima Vigor wheels, but no elans.

I bought a set of Topolino wheels, which feature many of the benefits claimed of the elans, e.g., extremely light, yet very strong. The Topolinos offer a luxurious ride; they smooth out rough road surfaces better than my older Mavic open pros with Shimano Ultegra hubs. They accelarate quickly and are good in corners.
Feedback on Topolinossokratikus
Sep 23, 2003 12:38 PM
Hmmm. Can you share more about the Topolinos? Are they high maintenance. I'm concerned about having to have it serviced and my LBS not knowing how to, etc.

Can you make them your all purpose wheelset? A lot have sworn by their lightness and stiffness, but not sure how good they'll feel in a century?
Feedback on Topolinosglia
Oct 11, 2003 6:04 PM
I know these wheels have been talked about quite a bit but few people have actually reported riding them. I got tired trying to get some feedback and happened to run into a new set on EBAY for $550. I took them out for a spin today, taking my Mavic Kryssum SSCs off my Specialized E5 S-works bike. For starters, the wheels are quite a bit lighter. Mine were 1410g as compared to the 1610g my Kryssums weighed. Yes I know, they are supposed to weigh 1530 but has anyone every weighed theirs. I am getting tired of trusting published component weight. The Bike industry is one big lie. Anyway, 200g lighter but you need to count the 20g per wheel for the rim tape as well. The Kryssums do not need that. Anyway, I went on my typical 30mile ride, an even mix of hills, some pretty steep, declines and flats. I average about 20-20.5mph. These wheels felt very stiff. In fact the rear wheel has significantly less flex than the Kryssums. The fron wheel feels about the same. The wheel spins up in a hurry and the hubs seem to have very little rolling resistance. All in all, the wheels were very pleasant to ride and gave a very confidence inspiring performance. No sway or instabilities on the decents up to 50mph. I cannot comment much on the aero performance since my terrain has few areas where you would get above 25mph. I know a lot of people have commented on the fuss along the carbon/kevlar spokes. Mine came pretty clean. So the verdic, based on a single day: if you are a sucker for new technology, these are certainly wheels that are worth a try. They outperform the Kryssums in mixed terrain rides. Will they last as long? Only time can tell...