The other night went out for a group ride that I lead.. The ride has gotten to be a group of 10-15 riders and we ride at a pretty good pace for most of the ride.
We reached a long straight section of the the ride where many riders step up the pace. The pace had been picking up and the group was going at 30+ when all hell breaks loose. Lead rider center punches a skunk in the road, amazingly enough he does not crash.
His rear wheel bucks wildly and takes the rider out directly behind him and he goes down hard right in front of me. I had both wheels in full lock but could not avoid t-boning him and going down hard too.. A third rider went down trying to avoid me but the rest of the group did a great job of avoiding the flying bodies and bikes at that speed..
I sat down and assessed my injuries, thankfully nothing broken, just lots of road rash on elbows and legs. The rider I hit fortunately nothing broken either. The third did have minor road rash but a broken clavicle. I at this point assume by bike is not rideable and go over and spin the wheels, front wheel, minor wobble but not enough to even have to open up the brakes.. The rear wheel straight as an arrow.. Check all other parts and all seems to be in working order. I have my friend a bike mechanic check it over, just in case I hit my head and I'm not seeing something wrong.
No, he said the bike looks fine. He also said he never seen a crash at that speed where the wheels weren't tacoed or majorly out of true. The other 2 riders had rides coming for them, and we had a few riders stay with them. I mounted up and finished the ride.
The rims / wheels I have been promoting on here for a couple years, DT Swiss RR 1.2 or new ones are called RR585. There a little heavier that some others but man they can take a beating and still keep rolling.