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Rolf Wheel problems(9 posts)

Rolf Wheel problemsmerlinguy
Feb 2, 2002 6:56 AM
I have a set of 2000 Rolf Sestriere's. Got them in Oct. 2000. I just broke my 4th rear spoke in 5 months. I'm 180 lbs. I do a lot of miles- some easy, some fast, and a lot of long distance rides. I had a set of Vector Pro's for 3 yrs that I NEVER had to so much as true. Anybody else have similar problems? I like the design and know all about the Rolf/Trek split -I worked in the bike biz for 6 yrs. I've liked the Sestriere's up until this spoke thing started. I'm going to get them re-laced w/ new nipples and spokes and see if that solves it. Anybody else tried that?
Also looking at getting Bontrager Race X Lites? Any opinions?
re: Rolf Wheel problemsElefantino
Feb 2, 2002 7:10 AM
One of the guys at the LBS who sold recently sold me his almost-new Comps told me that he had heard similar problems about heavy riders and Sestrieres.

I'm 210, and he warned me off them. The titanium just doesn't hold up, apparently. The wheels were made for 140-pound whippets, not big fellas.

re: Rolf Wheel problemsDINOSAUR
Feb 2, 2002 9:54 AM
I have been riding on a set of Rolf Vector Comps for going on 4 seasons. The rear rim fractured around 15K, which is probably the average life span for a rear rim. Although the VC's would not be my first choice for a wheelset they are adequate training wheels for the money. Although now since Trek dropped Rolf parts are difficult to find.

I've heard the same thing about the Sestrieres, probably good for 145lb riders, but big guys would chew them up fast.
Check and Balancesliu02bhs
Feb 2, 2002 11:10 AM
You can increase the tension in each spoke so that they could take on more weight. However, because the Sestriere has a low dish and weight, I am not sure the rim can withstand excessive tension. I say you sell the wheel and get yourself a higher spoked wheel built for clysdales.
Check and Balancesmerckx56
Feb 2, 2002 5:03 PM
there is a reason that trek severed it's relationship with rolf...
and it has to do with $.
180 is hardly a clydesdale! i weigh 180 and can hang with all but the 130 pound featherweights on the climbs. a well built wheel, light or not, can handle a rider at 180. i've ridden k's for two years and had zero probs. rolfs, for the most part, just were not reliable.
you don't necessarily need a 32h, 3x wheel for it to stay together.
watch what you say about the 180 plus crowd, lest ye be dropped on the flats!
Check and BalancesElefantino
Feb 2, 2002 8:51 PM
Ksyriums may hold, but Sestriere's won't. As previous poster said, cracking rims is the inevitable result of tightening spokes on those wheels.

As for 180 cracks, I'm 210, so I can make them all I want. Particularly because I currently ride a recliner lounge chair and could be dropped on a downhill by a circus chimp on a runt bike.
yes, you do...merckx56
Feb 3, 2002 7:25 AM
have the right to make the 180 cracks, but the 140 pound weasel-beaters do not!
btw- when's the new bmw coming?
Check and Balancesmerlinguy
Feb 3, 2002 5:28 AM
I think there have been some big swings in consistency w/ the Rolf's, esp. on the last few production runs before Rolf said bye to Trek.
One of the local bike shop owners who I work for sometimes was a racer back in the late '60's thru early '80's. When I brought in the Sestriere's and we put them on the scale, he laughed at how heavy they were for "light" wheels. He showed me a pair of old 32h sew ups that he built that weighed about 100g less than the Rolf's(but it was on a 6spd hub too).Either way, It seems that the wheels "should" be sturdier.
Re: Also looking at getting Bontrager Race X Lites?AllUpHill
Feb 2, 2002 9:11 PM
I've been riding hard on a pair for the past 4 months or so. No problems at all, although I guess I'm a flyweight at 137lb. They seem quite stout and well built and I imagine they'd hold up quite well for riders of your size. I ride them all the time not just for special occasions, still haven't had to true them.

BTW, I had a real big teammate (about 195lb and riding a 63cm frame) who had no problems at all with a pair of Sestrieres, till he wrecked in a race and folded them. Ouch!