Last edited by devalious; 05-27-11 at 03:05 PM.
I want to get up to date and live reviews about this topic.
interestingly enough, I've spotted a few of these on CL and had the same initial hesitation about them despite a really attractive price. The price alone made me wonder if they were still exploding ect...
From the Spinergy FAQ:
Do you still make the Rev X?
No, the Rev X was discontinued in 1999 and they are no longer available. Technology marches on and the new wheels are far superior in every way!
How long does carbon fiber last? How many miles before it dies? It's plastic. I support you wanting to find a great wheel, but man I'd be remiss if I did not at least warn you. My 1997 Mavic CXP21 from is finally dying and my rear blew the side wall. They are aluminum with thousands of miles on them. I am getting nervous about my Look Carbon Fork which is from the same era.
Spinergy Xaero Light - $799 Not a fixed track wheel
AeroSpoke Fixed Track Wheel - $367
what ive heard:
the very first model had a problem. a few of those "exploded" from hard usage.
they then made "stabalizers" to add to this first model to make it safer.
all subsequent spinergy models had said problem fixed, and are perfectly fine.
lots of people only hear about the first model failing and attribute that to all spinergy models.
im no expert though.
"Never argue with an idiot. He'll only bring you down to his level, then beat you with experience..."
i don't know the type of riding you're doing or how much you weigh, but no matter what, riding around fixed on a carbon fiber wheel of that age is a toss of the dice.
if you're really that concerned about it, no amount of reassurance is going to clear your head enough to enjoy riding on it.
Do a search, you will find tons of threads arguing whether the Rev-X is safe or deadly. I'll let you decide that one. Either way, whether you're riding it FG or freewheel has no bearing on its safety.
Having said that, I saw a guy with a Surly Fixxer on a Rev-X. So yes it can be done.
Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html
if there is an argument on if something is safe or not, personally i'm going to move on to the next possability