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Old 11-20-07, 09:44 AM   #1
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Newer Wheels for my old Peugeot: Opinions on Rolf Vector Comps?

Found them in the basement junkyard of my LBS. They want $100 for the pair.

They'd be replacing the stock Rigida 700c's on my mid 80's Peugeot. I've heard that new wheels are one of the best upgrades you can get for a bike. New wheels are spendy though. $100 is about my limit.

The wheels in question were used on a single speed, - the rear has a single cog with a bunch of spacers. Given that, I'm guessing there might be a few miles on them, but they look good. I know the rear spacing on my bike is 126 mm, so the dropouts will need to be spread a bit. I already have a 7 speed cassette I can use.

Anyone ever serviced the hubs on these wheels? The rear hub seems to be the weak point in the reviews I've looked at.
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I am arguably the wrong guy to ask, because I am adamantly opposed to paired/reduced spoke counts, radial lacing, and other foolishness, unless one is a sponsored racer who gets new kit every season. A conventional 36-spoke 3X or 4X wheel has a superb strength-to-weight ratio by virtue of the high spoke count. Radial lacing is extremely hard on the hub flange.

If you care only about air turbulence, use the Rolfs. If you want durable wheels with a low moment of intertia, you are better off with at least 32 spokes per wheel, irrespective of current fashion.
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I've used, among all of the riders that I service, about 5 pairs of rolfs for the last 6 or 7 years. I have never had to open a hub. They are excellent, durable, and very reliable. I finally had to retrue one after a massive crash last year...and it didn't need much. On the flip side, they are kind of heavy, and very stiff, so if rough roads are in your future, look out. Ditto for massive amounts of climbing. And they certainly don't look vintage.

I've recently installed a pair of Rolf Comps on my cyclocross bike. That is pretty much my open testimonial on these wheels. If I trash 'em I'll let y'all know.
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Ditto to what luker said. And I'll add that I have a pair that were stock on my Trek 5200. Probably have 15,000 pot-hole strewn miles on them. Hubs spin great and the hoops are still true.
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I've ridden with a fellow who has those hubs. I usually roll away from people going downhill (not because I'm that heavy, but because I am meticulous about adjusting my hubs). The fellow on the Rolfs rolled away from me! They aren't the prettiest things to look at, but I must say that I was very impressed.
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Thanks for the replies.

As a light snow is falling tonight I am reminded of why I was poking around for used wheels at my LBS in the first place; to find a spare set for my winter bike. It's an MTB and I want a spare set of wheels so I can easily switch between different types tires based on road conditions.

Anyway I saw the Rolfs there and thought, hmmm. So I probably should just hide the Rolfs under a pile of worthless wheels and maybe buy em in a couple of months. Yep, get the spare MTB wheels instead.

Who I am I kidding? I'll buy the Rolfs on Monday and try them out, snow or not ;-)

Being a bit non standard I'm worried about finding parts should I need them. But as heavy as they are, they're lighter than my current wheels and the aero characteristics should serve me well in the couple of Triathlons I plan on doing next summer.

As for looks, they certainly aren't vintage and to look good at all on my bike I'll have to get rid of my blue stripped tires since the rims are red. They'd look really good on my wife's red Univega. The cheesy decals will have to go.
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They are worth 100$ out the door if they are true and the brake surface is not too worn. The low spoke count makes for difficult truing. The wheels can shake pretty bad at low speed in a cross wind...I don't think they are a horrible wheelset. They are much better than the look alike Bontrage crap you see on OEM Treks. I weigh 180 and rode mine on some pretty bad roads.

Good luck. A 36 spoke tubular will be the same weight or lighter if that is what you seek. It seems tubular wheelset prices are dropping like flies. Good luck.
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I've used, among all of the riders that I service, about 5 pairs of rolfs for the last 6 or 7 years. I have never had to open a hub. They are excellent, durable, and very reliable. I finally had to retrue one after a massive crash last year...and it didn't need much. On the flip side, they are kind of heavy, and very stiff, so if rough roads are in your future, look out. Ditto for massive amounts of climbing. And they certainly don't look vintage.

I've recently installed a pair of Rolf Comps on my cyclocross bike. That is pretty much my open testimonial on these wheels. If I trash 'em I'll let y'all know.

Double ditto !

I rode with a set for 3 years and my riding weight was 265. I was doing a lot
of sprint intervals at the time.

I could not kill them. Had them on my Trek XO. Although I would really
have to think hard about putting them on a vintage bike. Spacing should
not be a problem after a little cold setting if you decide to go with them.
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Old 11-29-07, 10:24 AM   #10
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Well, I was going to wait on the Rolfs but ended up getting them yesterday. I threw the front one on for my brief ride to the train this morning. It was a brisk 7 degrees (F) with a nice head wind. The wheel is smooth and true. Wind didn't cause as much trouble with the deep profile rim as I had feared.

The ride home will be a better test since I'll have more time and can skip the train. Hopefully I can get the rear on tonight and get a more complete feeling for the wheels tomorrow. I'll need to grab the cassette and chain off my MTB and run in friction mode until I get my new shifters.

Aesthetically things aren't looking too good right now. The red rims with the blue tires clash horribly. Long term the rims probably will look good with different tires and some changes on the bike. Maybe red bar wrap and cable housing. They need to be replaced anyway. There's already some red accents on bike as it's an 80's Peugeot with the red/orange/yellow "rainbow" decals.

Now all I need is a pair of STI shifters and the *******ization will be complete ;-)

Tomorrow will likely be my last ride on the bike for this year as it's already cold and it sounds like the snow will be coming this weekend. Back to the MTB for a few months :-(
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