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Rev-X worries(10 posts)

Rev-X worriescurtis
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?
what-you-worry?MrCelloBoy
May 31, 2001 5:31 PM
Curtis,
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 worriesfuzzybunnies
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? nmAllen
Jun 1, 2001 12:32 AM
nm
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 worriesDuane 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.
DWAINeo
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.