May 31, 2001 5:00 PM
|Alright...now that I've thoroughly scared the crap out of myself, reading about Spinergy Rev-X failures, I'm almost afraid to ride mine. I inspected mine for about 30 minutes last night, seeing all kinds of cracks and fatigue spots that weren't there. I spent most of today looking at Velomax and Cane Creek sites and prices.
My point....there really weren't THAT many incidents listed on the web site that I looked at, but some of them were really catastrophic. Here's what I want to know: I've heard from the few who have had/seen/heard about the horrible Rev-X failures; now let's hear from those who have ridden them for a long time WITHOUT problems. This is my third year on mine, probably 1500-2000 miles per year and I've had ZERO problems. I really love them.
Am I falling victim to another urban legend or should I really consider the Velomax, even though I can't afford them right now?
May 31, 2001 5:31 PM
What's the worst that can happen? Your front wheel collapses on a high speed descent and swerve into an oncoming car! Same thing can happen with a stem, tire, hub, etc, etc...
We ride, we risk we hope to die doing what we love, rather than in some rest home with a bag collecting our...
|I don't think I'd get killed, but...||curtis|
May 31, 2001 5:49 PM
|.....I do get the heebie-jeebies thinking about being dismembered/disfigured. Some of the results in the site I saw included broken back (3 months in a halo? No thanx...), concussion, broken arms/shoulders/collar bones (never broke a bone in my life. Don't want to start now)...one guy lost an ear to road rash and avulsed his face from below his eye to his jaw.
I do accept the risks in the activities I choose (road and mountain bike, in-line skating on Detroit streets, motorcycle touring...Hell, I'm a firefighter, for cryin' out loud). That doesn't mean I shouldn't minimze those risks when I can.
|I don't think I'd get killed, but...||MrCelloBoy|
May 31, 2001 5:58 PM
|Glad you're not going to sue me for attempted cynicism.
I just couldn't help it.
Hopefully some others will give you the info. you really wanted.
I wish you safe travels.
|I don't think I'd get killed, but...||Willy D.|
May 31, 2001 6:10 PM
|They are great wheels, ride them.|
|re: Rev-X worries||fuzzybunnies|
May 31, 2001 7:23 PM
|broke my first spinergy wheel after just 20 miles which was a bad bit of luck. It took the rep hassleing them to get them replaced well over a year later. Got it back just in time for the following years cyclocross season and I raced it several times and put a lot of training miles on it but decided to ditch it before it broke again. Just couldn't help worrying it'd break. Also rode the broken one for about 6 months before it was finally warrentied. I'd gotten it back after they refused to warrenty it the first time and it was a fracture no where near the spokes. I liked the way it rode and had it not broken initially I'd have gotten the front and probably never worried. If a defect or the signs of one haven't shown up yet you probably don't have anything to worry about. If they're gonna ruin your peace of mind ditch them, imho. TTFN|
|You rode a "broken" Spinergy for 6 months? nm||Allen|
Jun 1, 2001 12:32 AM
|Which design do you have?||Allen|
Jun 1, 2001 12:29 AM
|The latest design introduced in 1997? apparently has proven to be reliable. Mercury was using them quite a bit in Europe this Spring, including stage wins in Paris-Nice.
The Spinergy website has not been updated in months. Also - there is no verification of the claims being made. People with competing interests are motivated to post false claims on the internet.
The webmaster's son ran into a fallen rider, broke his Spinergy, and crashed. Unfortunate, but is it really the fault of the wheel?
|my worries||Duane Gran|
Jun 1, 2001 5:55 AM
|Two things worry me about these wheels. Namely, they are pretty heavy (about 1800 grams for the pair). I think you can find equally durable and lighter wheels elsewhere. I'm not sure I would toss out the wheels for this reason alone, but upgrading is fun so maybe that could be your rationale. |
The thing that may bother me the most about this wheel is that the blades (appropriately so called) are very sharp. I fear being in a wreck and getting any part of my body near one of those spinning wheels. This is probably less a factor for the rider than those around him or her. It is just a concern of mine, but I'll have to confess that the wheels are very cool looking.
Jun 1, 2001 10:50 AM
|DWAI- Dont worry about it. |
I have a pair of Rev-x's I bought from a buddy. He was no lightweight and did not ride with finesse. I ride them on the road and race them occasionally in cyclo-cross.
Two years ago a poor shift threw the derailleur into a blade, peeling part of the carbon fiber. I posted questions at that time, and most told me I was stupid for even riding them, much less trying to fix it. The integrity of the blade was not comprimised, a Spinergy rep inspected them and let me "buy it back" after getting a pair of Spox as crash replacement. I then used "JB Weld" (as heard on Paul Harvey's show) and repaired the blade. It holds to this day with at least another 6000-7000 miles of riding through the potholes that is Wisconsin. I think if the rep thought the wheel was trashed, he would not let me buy it back.
Any wheel can fail. These got bad press from the Bartoli incident though. I still think these are faster wheels than my Rolf Vector Pros. I love them.