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Speeddream Wheels (Again)(10 posts)

Speeddream Wheels (Again)pmf
Aug 29, 2001 3:56 AM
I posted yesterday that I'd been waiting for a set of aerolites for some time and wondered if:

1. anyone else here is waiting;
2. anyone else here has a set and an opinion.

Unfortunately, all I got was a real stupid response from annoying trollman and then a bunch of responses telling him what an idiot he is. The old adage "better to keep your mouth closed and be assumed to be an idiot than open it and remove all doubt" applies to this boy.

Does anyone have any info for me?

Please trollman, if you don't know what you're talking about, don't detract from those who do.
re: Well worth the waitSteve A
Aug 29, 2001 4:37 AM
Dave @ Dream Wheels i think works by himself, It will be well worth the wait, I have in the past had several sets of wheels built by him, The word is out and he is probably overwhelmed.
Aug 29, 2001 4:52 AM
The issue is not the backlog of orders, but that he's having trouble getting rims for the aerolites. I've been waiting since May. He claims he'll have the rims in mid September, so I'm going to give him another month. He seems like a nice guy and is happy to talk your leg off about bike wheels.

Its nice to get some encouragement that I'm doing the right thing, thanks.
re: Speeddream Wheels (Again)PaulCL
Aug 29, 2001 4:49 AM
Ditto to what Steve said - they are worth the wait. I got my wheelset in early March, just before an article hit this website touting his wheels. I know its' hard to wait, but the wheels are fantastic - you'll love them.
re: Speeddream Wheels (Again)peloton
Aug 29, 2001 5:27 AM
I don't know what is causing the wait with Dave's wheels. That said, the wheels I have seen that he has built have all been beautiful. I would give him a little more time to have a set like the ones that I have seen in the past. I imagine the wheels would be worth it, and you have already waited this long. Quality is one of the few things in life that is really worth waiting for.
Stupid QuestionJon Billheimer
Aug 29, 2001 7:55 AM
I know this sounds stupid, but I'm asking the question in all sincerity. What makes Dave's wheels so superior from a functional point of view? I know what their weight is, and that gives one a marginal acceleration advantage. But Zipps or Adas are lighter. So do these wheels stay in true longer? Are they stiffer? Or what? No flames please.
Stupid QuestionJay H
Aug 29, 2001 10:45 AM
Speeddream Aerolites are very light for clincher tires, yes, Zipps and Adas are lighter but at least for the Zipp 404's, the tubulars are lighter than the Speeddream Aerolite clinchers. The clincher 404s are around 1640 grams, slightly heavier than the SDs. They also stay true. I just took a pair on a 400 mile trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage, AK through road AND through gravel and my wheels are still true as when I got them. The AC Micro hub has developed some play to them but I've been told that could simply be the cones needs to be tightened. Dunno, haven't looked at them yet and I'm not that knowledgable about hubs. They are also relatively inexpensive when you compare them to Ksyriums and other boutique wheels AND SDs are more serviceable than the Ksyriums while sharing the exact rim profile at a lighter weight.

No its notpmf
Aug 29, 2001 12:08 PM
My thinking was that Speed Dream Aero Lights are:

1. Very light for clinchers (~ 1400 grams/set)
2. Reasonably priced at $520 (Zipps can run almost twice this and ADA's are thousands of dollars)
3. A good all-around wheel (aero and light)
4. Easily servicable (more so than most pre-made wheels)
5. Hand made by a very good wheel maker -- its kind of cool to buy them from a person rather than a corporation (yes, I have my share of Spinergy, Mavic, etc wheels).

I suppose you could have your LBS make a pair, but do they specialize in wheel building and could they do it for $520? None near me can. So, I guess I'll wait a little longer. I had hoped to at least ride some fall centuries with them. Knowing my luck, they'll show up in mid-December during the a snow storm.
It could be worse than in mid-december during a snow storm..Jay H
Aug 29, 2001 2:42 PM
Have you seen Waterworld? That weird Costner movie... ;-) Imagine having almost no place to ride unless you have a floating bike..

What Dave told me...Jay H
Aug 29, 2001 10:49 AM
I'm not sure what Dave's been telling other people, but when I called in May to order a pair of Aerolites, he told me Sun is no longer making the Venus rims Dave uses to make the Aerolites and that he still had some stock left but was saving them for warrentee repairs from customers and stuff. He was going to have a replacement for the wheels but that wasn't going to happen til August AT THE EARLIEST. I am not sure if that situation has changed, perhaps Sun is making more of the Venus rims but that's what I was told in may and since I couldn't wait til August, I wound up finding a local who had a very new pair and bought it from him.