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Old 08-31-04, 02:46 PM   #1
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Spinergy rev wheels breaking (OUCH)!!

Has anyone ever had a spinergy rev carbon wheel break? I have owned mine since 2000 and I ride hard and fast especially on decents. i just read a couple of storys about the front wheel breaking and doing an endo on the road(ouch)!!.. The rear should be fine, what do you think the weight factor would be for a rear spinergy and front older specialized tri spoke?? I really get scared now riding and wondering if the wheel is going to break. Spinergys customer service SUCKS. I have contacted them around a couple dozen times and no response.. Anyways any help would be great
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Old 08-31-04, 03:16 PM   #2
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I wanted the Spinergy Tillium wheels, but I have heard nothing but bad stories about Spinergy. If you perform a web search on spinergy complaints, you will even find several web pages describing their bad luck with them. My LBS even told me to stay away from them. I can't see how that company is going to stay in business much longer!
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Old 08-31-04, 03:29 PM   #3
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The weird thing is, I've been hearing bad stuff about them for YEARS yet they're still around. More than anything, the chipping problems made me nervous. I'll stick with my Rolfs, thanks.

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never buy spinergys. the end.
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No, the Spinergy wheels to avoid are the Rev-X series. The ones with the 4 blades on each side. I have Xaero-X wheels on my bike, and they are great. The Rev-X had some issues, which are detailed in many places on the web, but I know many people who rode them trouble-free for years. They have a fairly strict weight limit, and if mistreated, the spokes can be damaged. Their newer wheels, the Xaeros, and Tilliums, are light, strong and fast.
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Old 09-01-04, 08:16 AM   #6
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No, the Spinergy wheels to avoid are the Rev-X series. The ones with the 4 blades on each side. I have Xaero-X wheels on my bike, and they are great. The Rev-X had some issues, which are detailed in many places on the web, but I know many people who rode them trouble-free for years. They have a fairly strict weight limit, and if mistreated, the spokes can be damaged. Their newer wheels, the Xaeros, and Tilliums, are light, strong and fast.
Good luck dealing with Spinergy if you ever have problems with them!
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Old 09-01-04, 09:14 AM   #7
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never buy spinergys. the end.
Agreed! I broke the rear axle going over a one inch, raise crack on my Spinergy. Never had any problems with other brands, going over the same crack. Will never buy spinergy again.
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Should I take the front one off?? Just use my specialized tri spoke and keep the rev x rear on??
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Truth is, no one knows the long term wear rate of carbon fiber, especially for parts exposed to sunlight, which is known to break down most polymers.
CF on wheels scares me because as strong as it is, when it fails, it really fails big, not like bending metal.

They look so cool though....
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I have Spinergy Xaero's, Love them, Havent had one problem.
You always hear the negative, but never the positive unless its the "in thing"
The Spinergy Rev X is the four spoked wheel, as with any carbon wheel I am sure after time you will have some problems, thats why I opted to go with the spoked wheel and I love them, smooth, light, strong and fast.
some people like Trek, others like Giant, I like Bianchi.
Guess its all a matter of what you prefer........
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Truth is, no one knows the long term wear rate of carbon fiber, especially for parts exposed to sunlight, which is known to break down most polymers.
Everytime someone brings up CF, someone else has to raise the point about UV degradation of the epoxy. While this is true to an extent, I know of no CF epoxy that doesn't use a UV stabiliser which prevents this action. It's really a non-issue for modern CF components.


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CF on wheels scares me because as strong as it is, when it fails, it really fails big, not like bending metal.

They look so cool though....
Again, CF's notch sensitivity and catastrophic failure properties are widely exagerated in a lot of cases. Many modern CF structures use multiple layers which mitigates the effects. Most manufacturers will use a multi-directional weave as the last layer to provide for graceful failure and reinforcement as well as combatting impact damage.
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Out riding on Monday afternoon, noticeda slight wobble in my front Xaero-X. Figure that after 1 1/2 years of my 200 lbs and bad New England roads, they must finally need a truing up. Monday night, ttok the front wheel to fix it and found a broken spoke. I'm amazed at how little out of true a 20 spoke radially laced wheel was with that 1 spoke gone. The LBS replaced the spoke and trued the wheel in about 5 minutes. I can now say with some certainty that these wheels are pretty solid. I lost the original front wheel (Ambrosio rim and Campy hub) when it tacoed after losing one spoke. The Mavic Reflex I replaced it with was okay, but the front hub eventually got really buggered up when 3 bearings snapped into hemispheres (happened twice in a 5 year period). I'll stick with my Spinergys.
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Old 09-07-04, 10:33 PM   #13
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In school one of the ~180-200lbs riders went though several of these but none of them were a catastrophic failure. Look your wheels over well before each ride.
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Old 09-08-04, 12:07 AM   #14
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If the RevX didnít spontaneously break apart, I would have a pair right now. Aero wheel for super cheap. Itís a shame that they are such crap.
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