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Whatever happened to Spinergy 4-spoke wheels?(8 posts)

Whatever happened to Spinergy 4-spoke wheels?Gator
Jul 10, 2002 7:46 AM
I just saw someone ride by my office with a set, and it occurred to me that, despite their having sold about a billion sets of those things, I NEVER see anyone riding them anymore. What gives? Did they all break? Were they all recalled? Did they suck THAT badly?
Spinergy Useageunchained
Jul 10, 2002 8:34 AM
Well last year Bonjour used them extensively in the TDF.
This year Mercury has been using them, including in the big domestic UCI races.

Schroeder is using them as well. I believe that some of the Spinergy's used by them are actually a few years old.

Spinergy was to do a final production run this year, not sure if it was actually carried out.

The latter designs from 97 or 98 to present have apparantly been quite reliable. They are fairly aero, and quite strong, however they have taken a back seat to lighter aero wheels such as the Zipp 404. The Zipp wheels have had their share of problems but not the bad, internet press that Spinergy has received.
Too many horror storieseschelon
Jul 10, 2002 8:35 AM
on the internet about those things breaking/shattering. When carbon fails...it really fails. I even spoke to a cat 2 dude who was in a race that involved a spinergy wheel breaking and consequently the broken blade severed the guy's muscle and tendon on his leg.
re: Whatever happened to Spinergy 4-spoke wheels?Lone Gunman
Jul 10, 2002 9:37 AM
I know people who still ride them that feel they are light and aero because they are CF. I say heavy and noisy. They say they never go out of true or break a spoke. I say but they are still heavy and noisy.
I used to ADORE passing bikes with those on the cruiser ...Humma Hah
Jul 10, 2002 9:41 AM
... they were quite distinctive, and I'd spot them instantly when I passed a bike thus-equipped while slogging up a hill. Very satisfying to pass a bike where each wheel cost more than my bike did new by a factor of 2-3.

The rules are, if anyone on a roadbike is passed by a singlespeed cruiser, the rider must kill himself. The Spinergy riders may all be dead now.
re: Whatever happened to Spinergy 4-spoke wheels?No_sprint
Jul 10, 2002 10:33 AM
I still race them sometimes. It depends. They are used extensively in crits, though less and less now each year. They are a bit heavy but they are indeed aero.
Lot's of racers still use them,bestT
Jul 10, 2002 12:10 PM
many as everyday wheels. They are the fastest (but not lightest)wheels I own.
Better AlternativesTonyR
Jul 10, 2002 12:16 PM
There are just alot of better options. Nimble + HED Tri-spokes are both more aero, while deep dish conventional wheels are lighter and close to as aerodynamic.
I rode a set of these once, they were owned by a guy who was desperately trying to sell them. Once ride told me why. Going up hill on them was painful, while the descent was frightening. That was enought for me, no sale.

TR