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Rolf Sestriere(7 posts)

Rolf SestriereMGS
May 17, 2001 5:44 PM
I do not want to start a Rolf vs Ksyrium topic, merely clarify something my LBS told me.

I was informed that the Sestriere wheel is not meant for daily training or hard use. It was described a a racing wheel.

I was looking for a daily riding wheel, light and useful for combination hills and flats.

Is this true? Will the wheel tolerate a daily ride and abuse from a 175lb rider and hold it's true?

My LBS suggested the Spinery Xaero as more resistant or the Ksyrium...
for what it's worth.

Thanks for the input.
re: Rolf SestriereJonathan Zook
May 17, 2001 6:06 PM
It would seem as though this is another case of 100 people telling 100 different opinions. I talked to the head mechanic at my LBS and he highly recommended the Rolf Sestriere, even for training. Yes they are designed for racing, but according to him they are VERY well built, and he has yet to see one really get screwed up from daily riding. I personally am still a skeptic of wheels of this nature (all of them). I purchased a set of 32 spoke 3X FiR's with record hubs, which the builder absolutely swears by. Weight is not a major concern for everyday training for me. Another consideration is what happens to such specialized wheels when something goes wrong? They more than likely have to shipped back to the manufacturer for repair, and unless you have a backup set, your screwed until they return. A standard set of wheels can be quickly repair by a LBS in a day or so.
May 17, 2001 7:48 PM
A set of Sestrieres came on the 5900 when it was delivered at the beginning of November. Since then, they've rolled about 4500 miles under my 6'0"/175 lb butt.

A couple thousand miles back, two nipples on the front wheel popped their heads off within a week of one another, one of them while the bike was standing in the garage. The LBS spun on a new set of nipples (my request/no charge). There has been no other problem before or since.

The 5900 is the daily trainer/beater bike and hasn't so much as hiccupped otherwise. In my advancing years I don't break equipment as I used to, though I'm certainly not easy on the gear.. Even so, the VaMoots is equipped with Ksyriums.
Fragile, but very lightRobO
May 17, 2001 9:34 PM
I watched a friend ruin his rim by riding over a small pothole. The rim was trashed. Luckily he got a new wheel from Rolf for $30 or so. Probably not for every day use.
re: Rolf SestriereMDS
May 17, 2001 9:35 PM
I have just over 900 miles on my Sestriere's, just recreational and workouts. My only problem with them is that they partially fill with water on rainy days. I think they are strong enough that if they ever break or get damaged, it will be my fault for hitting some big obstruction rather than any inherent weakness in the wheels.
Rolf SestriereBig D
May 18, 2001 7:09 AM
I also use Rolf Sestriere's and talked with my LBS about another set of wheels for training. He told me that these wheels are tough enough for daily training also. I highly respect his opinion, and have put 2500 miles on the Sestriere's since March 1st, and they have performed great.
I am again considering buying training wheels for my bike. I don't doubt the Sestriere's will hold up to normal daily use, but I want to use a heavier wheel during training and save the light ones for races. Only because I feel this will give me an edge on race day. Also, I don't consider pot holes to be a "normal" part of daily training, but it happens. And my worst friend, "MURPHY", says it will happen the day before a race.
They can take it.Maillot Rouge
May 18, 2001 1:30 PM
A lot of guys on my team have been training on them all year and I haven't heard any horror stories or problems at all. The guy that sponsor's the team rode the whole cross season with them with no trouble and his fat butt weighs about 180. A pothole or rock regardless of size could ruin any rim if you hit it right, or rather, wrong.