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Old 02-09-10, 08:35 AM   #1
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Spinergy, Surly Fixxer and questions!

Hi everyone!
So I bought a wheelset of spinergy rev-x, and I have some questions about it...

- they are road wheels, and if I want to convert the rear wheel to a fixed one, which measure of Surly fixxer should I buy? 120mm or 130mm?

- I know that skidding with a spinergy wheel is not the best thing to do, but has anyone experiences about it? skids, wheelis, meetings with curbs, etc?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-09-10, 02:10 PM   #2
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What is the dropout spacing of your frame? Buy the Fixxer to suit.
I wouldn't be pulling stunts on a carbon wheel, but don't have any actual experience with them.
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Old 02-09-10, 04:02 PM   #3
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Hey,

The dropout length on the frame will determine which fixxer you want.

I have converted some Rev-X's and they been serving me fine. Now of course you don't really want to be going off curbs and stuff too much. But for skidding, they are perfect fine. Just keep the impacts low.

I've actually crashed on them and checked to see if there has been any damage and they are still riding true as they day I bought them. Very fun and fast wheels. Gets looks everywhere I go!
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Old 02-09-10, 04:09 PM   #4
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Spinergy discontinued those wheels because 4 people died due to how they broke and plowed their faces into the ground. Lateral stresses are not at all good for them at all. You have been warned.
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Old 02-09-10, 05:28 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the answers.
I'm not into tricks, so I just wanted to know if someone knew the limits of these wheels. Then, I'm a lightweight, so I won't be too hard on those spokes... But thanks again for all the warnings (also death warnings, haha )
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Didn't mean it to sound so dramatic with the deaths. BUT
I've been riding for alot years, and these wheels are the first if not only wheels I've heard of simply stop holding a person up.
http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-020/index.html

They haven't made 'em for many years, nor has the design been copied for a good reason.
The link has some reports on how they've failed for people. there is a serious design flaw in them, despite how flipping cool they look.

I've got a 650 tubular one that's becoming a lamp.

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Didn't mean it to sound so dramatic with the deaths. BUT
I've been riding for alot years, and these wheels are the first if not only wheels I've heard of simply stop holding a person up.
http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-020/index.html

They haven't made 'em for many years, nor has the design been copied for a good reason.
The link has some reports on how they've failed for people. there is a serious design flaw in them, despite how flipping cool they look.

I've got a 650 tubular one that's becoming a lamp.
I ran into some guy last year that had a set on his Cannondale Super V MTB. It's like a consolidated disaster.
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The problem is that the failures are sudden without any warning, and are catastrophic. The are no precursor indications such as cracks, and the wheel can actually self-destruct even when there's no load on it. Other than that, they're fine haha.
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just buy an aerospoke like all the other hipsters and be done with it. your (intact) face will thank you.
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Haha, I hoped that bikeforums was troll-free... no biggie, it just gets funnier
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Haha, I hoped that bikeforums was troll-free... no biggie, it just gets funnier
It's not trolling. The wheels just aren't safe. That's all there is to it.

Look at the link Traffic Jammer posted. That site has been around forever, and hasn't even been updated since 2003. It has page upon page of reports of Spinergy Rev-X wheels basically exploding with no warning, even when the wheel had been checked for cracks. People have broken arms, shoulders, backs, and anything else you can think of as a result of these wheels failing. Most of them were riding in a straight line or turning, not doing tricks.

Using these wheels, especially now that they're this old and have an unknown history, is putting your health at serious risk, if not your life, no matter what you weigh or what kind of riding you're planning to do.
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It's not trolling. The wheels just aren't safe. That's all there is to it. ... Using these wheels, especially now that they're this old and have an unknown history, is putting your health at serious risk, if not your life, no matter what you weigh or what kind of riding you're planning to do.
+ 1 million.

This was a dumb purchase.

You've got a couple of choices.

1) Destroy them and save yourself and anyone else from future risk, and get a set of wheels that won't fail catastrophically.

2) Sell them on to some other sucker, and get a set of wheels that won't fail catastrophically.

3) Keep them and make yourself a contender for a Darwin award.

Your call.
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search for my posts on them. surly fixxer is not enough to convert to 120mm because RevX uses sealed cartridge bearing for none drive side. you will need to get a special bit made for it.

Also for the record, it is known why early models failed, if you get a gen3 or gen4 model you will be fine. I posted how to tell in my RevX thread.

Stop with the lies and hate on RevX. They are great wheels
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