Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Middle Tennessee
Bikes: Lynskey Custom Allroad; BMC SLR01 TeamMachine
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Read the language of the Roval "lifetime" warranty. It doesn't really mean "lifetime" unless you follow all the rules and die within a year. Here's an excerpt:
"Paint/finish, decals, etc. are covered under the limited one (1) year warranty. Wearable items including spokes and bearings are also limited to a (1) year warranty. All warranty claims are void if the wheel or wheelset was not purchased new or not properly assembled by an authorized Specialized dealer.
Useful Product Life Cycle Every Roval wheel has a useful product life cycle. The length of that useful product life cycle will vary with the construction and materials of the wheel or wheel set, the maintenance and care the wheel receives over its useful product life cycle, and the type and amount of use the wheel is subject to. Use in competitive events, trick riding, ramp riding, jumping, aggressive riding, riding on severe terrain, riding in severe climates, riding with heavy loads, commercial activities and other types of non-standard use can dramatically shorten the useful product life cycle of a Specialized Roval wheel that would not be covered by this warranty."
Spokes and bearings are deemed to have a one-year "lifetime" (unless you ride aggressively, in which case, they are deemed to have a shorter "lifetime")?
The "lifetime" warranty attracted me, too, at first. When you read it, though, it is completely meaningless. (And I see that as a serious negative against the brand.)