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trueno92 12-02-08 03:04 PM

anyone still riding the spinergy rev-x?
 
hey guys..
now i know this wheel has a lot of hate and a lot of love, and a lot of mystery as it has faded from the limelight, but i have found quite a bit of info on this wheel, replacing bearings etc and was wondering if anyone would benefit from me putting together an online rev-x resource.

i know its old news, but its so damn interesting reading about some carbon wheel that came out of nowhere, made appearances on rosie odonnel, some tv show called, "Pacific Blue", and prob had more PR than any other wheel like it, seems to tell me they were selling the sizzle, and not quite the steak!

anyways, i sorta like this wheel, but i am kinda attracted as to how there is not much to be found on the internet about it, as it came out between 1995-2002? hence my reasoning to put together an online resource.

I figured from that era of 1995-2002, someone that had $1500 to blow on bike wheels for a $2000+ bike, prob didn't have the income or the interest to have a $2000 computer + internet, like AOL!

if anyone has some personal experiences they can add, remember seeing it in some magazine etc etc, i'd hope u can reply to this thread - hopefully it can have more substance than the "don't touch it, it will explode on you" sorta replies I would get from the fixie forum.

cedricbosch 12-02-08 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by trueno92 (Post 7951552)

if anyone has some personal experiences they can add, remember seeing it in some magazine etc etc, i'd hope u can reply to this thread - hopefully it can have more substance than the "don't touch it, it will explode on you" sorta replies I would get from the fixie forum.

For once, the hipsters are right.

ZeCanon 12-02-08 05:22 PM

They look cool until they kill you.

Plus they are no longer mass-start legal. All those UCI rules about spokes and such.

fix 12-02-08 05:30 PM

They're HUGE in cyclocross. Everyone's always trying to get their hands on them. I don't know why. Not aerospokes, not heds, just rev-x's.

BHBiker 12-02-08 05:35 PM

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Originally Posted by fix (Post 7952465)
They're HUGE in cyclocross. Everyone's always trying to get their hands on them. I don't know why. Not aerospokes, not heds, just rev-x's.

If they have durability issues...how come they are used in Cyclocross?

cedricbosch 12-02-08 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by BHBiker (Post 7952492)
If they have durability issues...how come they are used in Cyclocross?

It doesn't hurt as much to fall on grass as it does to fall on asphalt.

BHBiker 12-02-08 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by cedricbosch (Post 7952496)
It doesn't hurt as much to fall on grass as it does to fall on asphalt.

naaah that can't be the reason...as much as its a cute explanation...

dmotoguy 12-02-08 05:58 PM

it makes sense to me.. I would much rather hit the deck at 10mph on dirt/grass than 20-40mph on the road

ridethecliche 12-02-08 06:04 PM

They can also be had used for pretty cheap, so that coupled with the slow fall theory probably is the reason.

entukay 12-02-08 06:30 PM

i see people with them every once in a while riding around town here, see them on MTN bikes too.

jmio 12-02-08 06:34 PM

i think they are great looking, heard the worst stories about them though

BHBiker 12-02-08 06:35 PM

Mountain Bikes? The plot gets thicker!!!!

Hammertoe 12-02-08 07:32 PM

I have a pair...

They are HEAVY BOAT ANCHORS...

But do look cool...

I no longer ride them but use them as wheels to hold up bikes I am not riding at the time...

Tell me more stories of death and destruction caused by the wheels...

Any wheel can fail, these just happen to be sharp...

But why would you put a body part in between any moving spoke...

jccaclimber 12-02-08 07:38 PM

I thought there were three versions of the hubs, and only the first two collapsed?

Hammertoe 12-02-08 07:41 PM

Before...

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...566/9a_1_b.jpg


After...

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e2...6/IMG_1660.jpg

urbanknight 12-02-08 07:42 PM

What are these durability issues you speak of? I knew plenty people who raced on the same Rev-X wheelsets year after year with no problems. I know they're rotating carbon blades of death, but I never heard of any frequent failure problems.

LtSPD2000 12-02-08 07:45 PM

I had a set of 1996 wheels. They were on a 1988 Schwinn Paramount. The combination of steel and carbon wheels made the best riding bike iI ever owned. Sold them after all of the bad press back in 2002. They were cool and rode nice to boot. They did catch a lot of side winds though and you had to be prepared to counter steer......

trueno92 12-02-08 08:24 PM

well I guess they are the epitome of yesterday's news, but I thought an online resource could be helpful.
Yes, they are reaching a new audiance - hipsters, budget roadies, and itsneven new to me, but now the cx crowd as well.

I have collected quite a bit of info as to their inherent weaknesses but also which versions are stronger, somewhat more durable, etc. Some of it from spinergy test riders, former employees, various quotes on the net. It won't be historically correct word for word, but with this new generation of tricksters and hard riding fixed crowd, I'd expect to hear more breakage posts, here on bf - ESP with 10yr old resins etc!

MIN 12-02-08 08:58 PM

I had a moutain rev-x when I was in college... never broke it despite my earnest efforts to do so.

127.0.0.1 12-02-08 09:22 PM

rev-x shed mud great. you can pam or endust them for extra mud shed. good for cx

but

the fatal flaw in rev-x was the rivets. cracks could form. those would lead to sudden zero
warning complete spoke implosion. lots of injuries

if it happens in cx, not so much. grass or mud, only a little pavement. anyway if you constantly
inspect the wheels you won't get burned by them


I had a pair of mtb rev-x and could not destroy them. they do ride nice. rear wheel
makes a weird move and wallop sound when torquing up grunts

eddymerckx#1 12-02-08 09:56 PM

still have mine ,hardly used ,I put those stiffeners on also ,need to replace the rear bearing it has about 25k lateral runout which I dont like,where can I get bearings

sfcrossrider 12-02-08 10:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BHBiker (Post 7952492)
If they have durability issues...how come they are used in Cyclocross?

They're not. They're dangerous crap that will kill you and hunt down your family. Avoid at all cost.

tonyzackery 12-02-08 10:09 PM

I'm 200lbs, ride them frequently, and have never had any problems...and they will tell you driving a vehicle is hazardous to your health too...

FigBug 12-02-08 10:11 PM

Anybody have any good pictures of rev-x failures? I can't seem to find any, I'm guessing it's because the rev-x was before the digital camera area.

MONGO! 12-02-08 10:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BHBiker (Post 7952492)
If they have durability issues...how come they are used in Cyclocross?

Not much for the mud to stick too, plus they're light?

Plus crashing in cross kind of goes with the territory, so an exploding wheel is less of a risk than in a fast crit.


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