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Matrix Aurora Wheelset???(14 posts)

Matrix Aurora Wheelset???peterjh9
Jan 9, 2003 9:54 AM
Hi all,

The bike I plan on buying comes with this wheelset. I am unable to find any information on it at all.

Is Matrix the manufacturer??

re: Matrix Aurora Wheelset???Andy M-S
Jan 9, 2003 10:02 AM
Matrix Aurora rims were produced by Trek a while back. I had a set built with 105sc hubs (8-speed 105) and they were very nice--strong enough for my 200+ weight in those days.

If you want more info on the rims, you might try contacting a Trek dealer.
I have a set and use the rear rim on a number of wheelsRay Sachs
Jan 9, 2003 10:38 AM
The set came with my Lemond cross bike. At first I thought they were typical factory built garbage, but they've really held up well. I ride a lot of somewhat technical single track on my cross bike and these wheels have taken a lot of abuse and only needed minor truing.

I've also had a few sets of wheels built with open pro rims in the front, but Matrix in the rear. They weigh about 20 grams more (not an issue for me), but they're stronger due to the asym rear spoke holes and don't develop that clicking noise that Open Pros sometimes do. These are really well built wheels with Dura Ace or Ultegra hubs and they've all held up incredibly well.

Thanks guyspeterjh9
Jan 9, 2003 1:07 PM
So it sounds like the Matrix rims are generic OEM Trek models?
Thanks guysOldEdScott
Jan 9, 2003 1:30 PM
Yeah. You'll find 'em on LeMonds as well, Alpe d'Huez and below. They're pretty good training or general-purpose rims. I'd be happy with them.
As I will bepeterjh9
Jan 9, 2003 3:31 PM
Very excited about getting a road bike.
re: Matrix Aurora Wheelset???craigg
Jan 9, 2003 9:20 PM
While I agree with the positive comments about this wheelset (they came on my Trek 1500 - 2002) please note that this does not relate to the spokes.

In fact the spokes on these (and a number of other OEM wheelsets) are sub-standard and will fail for riders who are 90kg +.

I found I popped 5-6 spokes and rebuilt the front wheel before going to Trek who were very willing to agree to a warranty repair with quality spokes.

With the front and rear rebuilt now, I have no problems (so far).
Jan 10, 2003 6:21 AM
Thank you for the info.

At 190 pounds currently, trying to drop back down to 175 or so, I might encounter this situation. Thank you for the heads up
Jan 10, 2003 6:51 AM
This *might* be a shop prep issue rather than quality of spokes. Make sure your LBS properly stress-relieves and retensions the wheels before you take delivery. If this is not done with factory-built wheels, spoke breakage can occur.

I'd also check whether the rim tape is adequate. If it's some plastic crapola, ask the LBS to put on something decent like Velox. This could save you a few punctures.
How common...peterjh9
Jan 10, 2003 7:24 AM
Are road flats? I flat on my MB maybe once every 5 rides (not common occurance at all), and I ride in extremely rocky (sharp rocks) New Jersey.

I could not imagine flatting on the road. Maybe the glass gets ya??
How common...geeker
Jan 10, 2003 9:27 AM
Frequency of flats varies, and seems random. People who ride in urban areas w/lots of glass are at most risk, also people out West with thorns. I've gotten them from hitting potholes. Might go thousands of miles with none, and then get 2 in a week.

Crappy rim tape can cause flaky punctures due to the tube rubbing against a sharp spoke head. I bought a used bike with bad rim tape, and had tubes spontaneously puncture (accumulated stress) with the bike leaning against the wall at home. Quite a surprise, because it's pretty loud (pop, whoosh).
Jan 10, 2003 9:34 AM
Spontaneously popping tubes are loud...makes you hit the deck.

So, the decision is made. I will own an 03 trek 1200 before feb is over.

Thanks for all your help geeker. Its been invaluable to me.
Good luck!geeker
Jan 10, 2003 1:09 PM
I was very close to getting a Trek 2300 as a second bike last summer, but the financial markets went to hell and cut down on my discretionary spending...

If you live in the US and want to go aluminum, the Trek frames are great values. It'd be easy to spend more than you're spending on the complete bike and get an Italian alu frameset (only) with heavier weight, worse QC, skimpy warranty, and poor to nonexistent customer service. [As an Italophile, I say this with regret. The situation's better in Europe or the UK, because the US importers have big markups.]
Cool deal..peterjh9
Jan 10, 2003 1:28 PM
Yeah, I think the Trek offers quite a bit for an under $1000 rig.

Unless you can recommend another complete sub $1000 bike, the Trek it is.