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ROLF ELAN Wheelset Review(7 posts)

ROLF ELAN Wheelset ReviewCARBON110
Aug 30, 2003 8:13 AM
Well I have put some good miles on my Elan wheelset and this is my impression. Having owned more wheels then anyone I know the Rolf Elans impressed me and rank up there with my Zipps. Here are the wheels broken down:

Rim: Is about 3/4 the size of a Mavic open Pro. So when you put them on fter using training wheels you must adjust the brakes. The rim is a low profile rim and is aero shaped. Its about 22-24mm deep

Spokes: spokes are very stiff but not as stiff as Rolfs Vigor or Mavic Carbone spokes. They are however the thinnest spokes I have ever seen. They are very stiff in the ride and flow effortlessly. I have no concerns about there durability since I weigh 125lbs now. But if you were to catch another wheel in a race forget about it. But thats the case for most wheels. The spokes up front resemble Shimanos 7700 2003 wheels. In the back they used a different pattern for paired spokes to increase stiffness and it worked well. They are 2x as stiff as Rolf Vigor wheels and according to Rolf himself you can train on them all year. The NIpples are hidden for more aero benefits but not sealed like zipps...well at least thats what they appear. I have not ridden them in the rain and I cant tell if the nipples are seasled to keep H2O out like zipps are.

Hubs: The hubs are different then I thought they would be. They are larger in the back and just as quiet as American classic 420s. silent even. They have smooth bearings and took hits very well on the road. They flow very smooth with little or no resistance back pedaling.

Brake Surface: Excellent brake surface. They should be commended for the large brake surface. Nimble wheels I had were 1350 grams and had a very thin brake surface. This is what I thought Rolf would do as well to get the wheels down to 1250grams. However they are just as large as Mavics brake surface.

Acceleration was terrific. Stiffness is a 8-8.5 Durability seems quite good so far...will know morme in a few thousand miles. I would recommend them as long as they keep thier present performance. I am a tough judge of wheels and I have have owned more then 12 wheelsets. The whhel bags are really nice with skewer compartments and the skewers are Ti AC skewers relabeled by Rolf. I hate 2002 American Classic 420 wheels cause of the brake surface and issues keeping them true. But I really like the Rolfs and the paired spokes have not let me down before. Over all, they are the second nicest wheels I have owned with Zipp coming in first.By the way Rolf himself built this set and they come with excellent paper work on the specific details of the wheels and thier dynamics of production.
great info!!!!lancewannabe
Aug 30, 2003 8:30 AM
keep us updated on performance, these are on my the list for my next set of wheels
Hey Jeremy you still headed to the bay area.abicirider
Aug 30, 2003 2:32 PM
Hey if you are headed to the bay area still, I'm moving back to southern CA at end of sept we didn't get together in ashville or mooresville, but maybe we can get together in Tahoe before winter you would like Tahoe alot it would be about a 4-5 hr drive for you about an 8-9 hour drive for me just a thought.
Let me know if you are interested.
be safe Out On The Roads!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC soon to be home in good ole southern CA
Ray, when are you leaving?CARBON110
Aug 30, 2003 2:47 PM
I hope things are going your way buddy. Let me know when you are taking off and I hope you will still surf RBR. Id love to come to Tahoe. Id rather live there then SF I think, not sure since I never been to either but from what I know you really cant go wrong with Tahoe. Anyway, if you get the chance before you head out west let me know and I can come out your way or vice versa. Im sure you will be busy though prepping for the trip. Please stay in touch and have a great time ! I will be out in Cali. the last week of Oct to the first week of Nov.
FYIThe Human G-Nome
Aug 30, 2003 3:25 PM
if you're single, move to San Francisco. if you're taken, it doesn't matter. Men outnumber women by an outrageous number in Tahoe and it's reversed in SF. just something to consider.
THANK YOU ! SF HERE I COME Waaa hoooooo :D"nm"CARBON110
Aug 30, 2003 4:43 PM
My first ride with the ELAN'sroadeeforlife
Aug 30, 2003 7:39 PM
I am sold on these bad boys. They are light and climb and accelerate sooooo smooth. They were the perfect compliment for my 03' Ghisallo. I highly recommend. My set came in at 1302 grams and 84 grams for the Ti skewers. Bags are nice also.