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Pro's/Con's on Rolf Vector Pro's...(7 posts)

Pro's/Con's on Rolf Vector Pro's...Canidraftyou
Jun 22, 2001 4:54 AM
Howdy ya'll,
Im a large framed cyclist at 5'10" and 185 lbs. I have a question pertaining to the Rolf wheels. I know the disadvantage in having few spokes would take you out of a race/event/training ride if you should loose a spoke. As where a 32 spoke wheel, you might be able to glide it on in. Can a large guy like myself race a wheel such as a Rolf Vector Pro? A guy has loaned me a set for possible purchase, I really like, but I dont know if its a wise investment because of my weight, during the winter months my weight gets to about 200 lbs. Would these wheels hold up living in a hilly region such as the Ozarks at that weight? Any input is welcomed, thanks.

One more thing, he is asking $425.00, if I should keep them I was thinking of offering around $380.00, is that High/Low?

I Love MineDean
Jun 22, 2001 6:49 AM
I currently weigh 230 and ride a set of Vector Pro's and I love them. Believe it or not, Rolf himself was in my LBS when I ordered them. My LBS owner is a member of our local racers, and he said the there are a few heavier riders that race on these wheels and have had no problems with them. As far as price, I would find out how many miles are on them. The shop I go to wanted 650 for these new, and that was 50 less than the other shop in town. I ended up getting them for 585 because they give you a 10% discount if you are a member of a local riding group. Good luck.
Different OpinionsJon Billheimer
Jun 23, 2001 10:29 AM
I weigh 162 lbs. and have put about 15,000 mi. on my Vector Pros, with absolutely no problems. However, my LBS, from whom I bought them, says that there can be a weakness at the spoke's entry point to the nipple, especially for heavier riders. The rims themselves are virtually bomb proof. Personally, I wouldn't worry too much. However, if you do have a spoke problem Rolfs are tricky to work with because of the extremely high spoke tensions.
Thanks Dean and JonCanidraftyou
Jun 24, 2001 10:15 AM
Thanks for the input ya'll.

Peace out
re: Pro's/Con's on Rolf Vector Pro's...Sherpa
Jun 25, 2001 6:50 AM
another thing about Rolfs ... they take a beater and hold up to stress. I have a pair on my "training bike" -- (rolf comps). That bike has 2k miles on it and the wheels are still true ...

I wish I could say the same about my Ritcheys on my race bike ... they have about 400 miles on them and they already need truing ...

Rolfs are great!
re: Pro's/Con's on Rolf Vector Pro's...dpeairs
Jun 25, 2001 12:55 PM
I raced and trained on vector pros for 2 years and now just race on them. I weigh 145 but ride very crappy roads. From my experience they are tough wheels. I have never needed to true them. Unfortunately the front one tried to take a bite out of someone's rear derailleur. Also unfortunately, the shop I took it to did not replace all of the damaged spokes. The spokes that had been damaged in the crash all broke on separate training rides. In one instance I was able to ride hard for the rest of ride (40 mi)after removing a brake pad to allow for the wobble. So as far as toughness I think you will have no problem. My only gripes are that they are not extremely light and the paired spoke design makes them less aero than a wheel with the the same number of spokes evenly spaced. Hope this helps.
I got in a test ride this weekend.Canidraftyou
Jun 25, 2001 4:37 PM
The wheels felt fine, was light, but not as light as my Open Pro's. Very responsive, which I was suprised with my weight. Have yet to Climb large hills with them. The front hub did sound as if a bearing was wearing, I could hear a "tic toc" with each rotation. Something for me to look into.


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