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Are Spinergy Rev X's dangerous???(9 posts)

Are Spinergy Rev X's dangerous???Marty T.
Mar 22, 2001 6:08 AM
I found a web site last night that proposed that the Spinergy Rev X wheels are extremely dangerous and prone to failure with no apparent warning. At first I took it quite seriously but the more I read the more I realized most all the details (names, races, contacts, engineering credentials) were missing, and there was not any real technical data on the site at all. I'm wondering this; could this be true? Has there been numerous unexplained Rev X failures (and this unidentified person just doesn't know now to do a properly documented web site) or is this web site just a vendetta against Spinergy for their reputation of lousy customer service? I'm curious...


Marty T.
Mar 22, 2001 6:11 AM
Mercury-Viatel seem to be doing fine on their Rev Xs including numerous wins domestically and in Europe.
Don't know - but I've heard similar storiesMeDotOrg
Mar 22, 2001 6:42 AM
I'm sure the factory teams do quite well with their wheels (I also don't believe that the factory teams get wheels chosen at random). What I HAVE heard is that Spinergy's quality control and customer service have not been first rate. I have also heard the occasional andecdote about seeing a broken Spinergy by the side of the road - but I stress that this is not something I have witnessed myself. I think their wheels are great bang for the buck, but have stayed away because of their reputation.

I'd love to hear other comments - especially from Spinergy owners.
I am now using the SPOX R2's...Marty T.
Mar 22, 2001 7:58 AM
I like you, was told to stay away from the Spinergy stuff but couln't resist a great deal on some "as new" Spox R2's. My buddies and the reviews led me to believe I would be breaking spokes and truing the darn things constantly. Well, after a couple of thousand miles, they still roll true in my truing stand and I haven't touched a spoke nipple with my spoke wrench yet. I'm amazed. Especially since my old Matrix wheels were constantly tweaking. I figured I was hard on wheels... So I guess I shouldn't brag on them, but so far so good.
I just sprung for a set of Rev X tubulars to use as one of my racing wheelsets. That's why I posted the "dangerous" question. I accidentally stumbled across that Rev X web site and it started me thinking...

Marty T.
Mar 22, 2001 9:02 AM

I have raced on three different sets of Spinergy Rev-Xs and experienced cracking in the spokes on every set. Each time, however, the wheels were replaced under warranty but you should have heard the Spinergy reps comments/excuses/defenses - "You're not light enough for these wheels" ... "You must be hitting them with a hammer" ... "You are purposely trying to break them, aren't you?" I laughed off each of them as flawed or ignorant customer service. After the third set, I decided the wheels weren't worth the hassle.

Sponsored riders get their wheels for free. And they are replaced roughly every 3 months, if not more.

Like we used to say in the maintenance pits - "Glad I don't pay for this #($*%!!!!"

Still, if you get a pair that work, more power to you. I don't think they are a complete danger as long as you are vigilant about checking the wheels before each ride and are aware of potential problems.

I can give name and placePeter Rhodes
Mar 22, 2001 11:23 AM
I'll tell you where I saw a catastrophic failure of these wheels.
1993 West Point Team Time Trial. A kid from Vassar college was last in line. His front wheel exploded, causing him to go down at a considerable rate of speed. One of the bladed whacked him in the chin and cut to the bone. Needless to say he needed some stitches to close that sucker up.
I think that they are good for special event wheels. However like any good rider should do. Check your equipment often. Look for wear and tear. Nothing lasts forever. I prefer to stay away from spinergy products myself.
I use only the rearQUADZILLA
Mar 22, 2001 3:41 PM
I use only the rev-x rear for that reason. A front one breaking...can get just plain ugly. I paired it with a Cosmic Equipe. It IS a nice ride with the rev-x on the back. I probably have about 5k miles on it with no problems yet.
re: Are Spinergy Rev X's dangerous???fuzzybunnies
Mar 22, 2001 7:07 PM
I bought the rear rev x with the intent of buying the front after a few test miles. 15 miles into riding the rear wheel broke. After 2 years of hassles and a lot of help from 2 lbs's I finally got it warrentied. Companied claimed the only way the break could occure was through an impact and even wrote mine up as an impact. They're 6 spoke mtb design was also a massive failure though I haven't heard anything bad about the spox wheels, I wouldn't buy thier products simply because I might have to deal with thier customer service. TTFN
4000 miles still going stongAHobie17
Mar 27, 2001 7:04 PM
I've had a pair for a while with no problems, or cracks. They are fast.