2006 Co-Motion Roadster, flat bars, discs and carbon fibre fork, size 22 / 19
2006 Ventana ECDM full suspension mountain tandem
Some single bikes and a couple of KTM's
And most important, someone special that enjoys them with me (except the KTM's)
I just don't see the logic of that statement. Spinergies might be plenty strong but a 40 hole deep V wheel is a really high standard. Maybe I am missing something. I would love to hear how it it is stronger. If it is then that is a real accomplishment.
Wayne, its called marketing! They need a low spoke count to make up for the non-aero big round spokes. I'll stick with steel spokes thanks.
I think he's basing that claim on the strength of the spokes, and experience with the wheels. I don't how accurate it is.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.
As another attendee of STR, I'll echo the comments and appreciation for Ric & Marsha's efforts. Ric was nice enough to let us try a set for the last ride of the rallye . While our road surfaces here are pretty good, Dar had good things to say about the ride comfort. Owing to the wind conditions, I couldn't tell if the rims were making us any faster or added to our so-called endurance (theoretically, yes since they're lighter than our 40 spoke Dyads). At the end of the ride, we placed an order. They should arrive this week, but won't go the bike till after the re-paint job in Jan. Color clash issue.
Learn from other people's mistakes. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself.
2004 Co-Motion Speedster
2010 (Specialized) Carmel comfort (my neighborhood bike)
2008 Raleigh comfort (wife's neighborhood bike)
In talking with Ric at STR regarding the Spinergy wheels, I believe what he was sharing was the PBO spokes don't put hub flanges and spoke nipples/rims through the same fatigue cycles as do steel spokes and thus far they haven't seen any such failures with the Spinergy wheels.
The only failures they have seen are on the 29er wheels, and it has nothing to do with the PBO spoke technology. Instead, it was the rear hub shell that was the weak link, and this is hardly a unique problem for the Spinergy wheels. During my occasional visits to MTBTandems Alex always shares the latest additions to the MTBTandem's hub graveyard. I think the only hub I haven't seen in the graveyard may be a Chris King. There are some really ugly other failures -- most coming from 29ers -- where in one case the pawls not only cracked a ratchet ring, they eventually drive through the hub shell.
Bottom Line: If you really want to know what Ric is citing as the rationale behind the durability statement, call and ask him. He'll most certainly take the time to go through all of the details. One of the nicest guys I've met in the tandem business, which is filled with really nice guys.
Our new Santana came equipped with these wheels. After 2000 miles, we are VERY happy with them.
After 4000 miles have had two rear wheels fail. We are a 330 lb team, and there were no crashes or other drama associated with the failures. At a bit over 2000 miles, one of the little flanges that hold the butt ends of the spokes broke off. Spinergy sent a replacement wheel without any fuss, but after about 1600 miles on the new wheel, a spoke nipple fractured and my LBS mechanic reported cracks in the rim. Spinergy replaced the wheel again, but, at this point I have lost some confidence, and have been reluctant to depend on this wheelset.
We are recreational riders who have 750 plus miles on our TX2s. Love them and are very happy with them. Can't speak to the grams, watts and aerodynamics as we, and I suspect to venture most tandem teams will never be the Olympic caliber riders that this stuff really makes a difference to. They support our 450 pounds over RR tracks, cattle guards, chip n seal roads and expansion joints on bridges. We are happy with them and thats what matters.
Hello all, I have been following this post for sometime now and pulled the plug when I saw a set of Spinergy's on ebay. I have an older Santana, a 1996 Sovereign, Aluminum frame with a chrome steel fork. The wheels are light, over the stock wheels (Edco hubs, 40 spoke, Mavic 217 ceramic rims), they would almost save 2 pounds of rotational weight. I put on new tires, adjusted the brakes, thought cool and tried to roll the bike and... the bike wouldn't move. Rechecked the brake adjust and found out the front fork drop out has an interference with the front hub. Now what, New fork?
Newbie here, not to tandems, Mike
Yes, the hub will lock up solid touching on both sides of the fork drop out. I have thought too about just taking off enough material for clearance but at least 3/32 inches of material would have to be removed for proper clearance. I just don't know what the thickness of the metal is at the contact point. The newer Santana carbon V fork appears to have a normal size drop out area but explaining to the wife that I now need a 5-600 dollar fork should go over nicely
The reason for going with a different wheel set over the stock ones was not so much the ride or weight savings, it was because I had replaced the rims with Mavic ceramic rims for better braking when wet. Since I put the ceramic rims on, I have not been able to get rid of a high pitch brake squeal. I have tried many brake pads, special ceramic ones, different brands, they might be quiet for a few miles but after a few hard stops, the squeal always returns. I tried switching to different brakes (mini V brake), 2 times now) and while the squeal is better, it is still present.
Have you tried adding a small washer on each side to spread the fork enough to clear the hub?
We have a set of Spinergy 32H Disc compatible wheels on our tandem. Not sure what model/year they are. Although they are disc compatible hubs, the bike uses rim brakes. The tandem frame doesn't have disc mounts. I'm not sure of the history of this tandem other than the guy I purchased the bike from indicated that it was previously owned by a Spinergy employee. So this set of wheels may be some kind of odd "one off" kind of thing.
We recently encountered a bad creaking from the rear wheel. Disassembled the hub and lubed it. The axle (steel) felt like it was a press fit. So I didn't force anything and left it in the hub. The bearings are sealed bearings. The axle spun without any noticeable drag.
Ok. Yes, the spokes are blue. Not my choice (as purchased). Stoker likes the color though. "Matches the bike" she says.
We're heading out for the Palm Springs Century this weekend. This will be our first long ride on these wheels and on this tandem. They feel comfortable so far. Haven't weighed them. Not for the weight conscious I'm sure.
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We have ridden our Tx2s over 1000 miles with no problems and really like them. This is in contrast to the Topolinos we rode for about 1000 miles and had two cracked rims and a broken spoke with bills amounting to about $650 for repairs. This from two oldies, combined age of 145, and riding smooth roads.
The Topos certainly give a plusher ride, but for reliability, go Tx2. BTW, the Topos are now, or about to be, owned by Easton and the Topo guy, Raif, is making wheelchair wheels!!
We are a 340lb team on a CoMo Macchiato.
During my quest for wider rimmed wheels, a year or two ago I spoke with Ric @ House of Tandems (the Americas distributor) about these wheels and usage on road tandems. While they are intended for disc-only frames, they are still rim-brake capable (once the anodizing is removed from the brake track). IMO, these are a much better option for heavier and/or loaded teams, or if you wish to use +28mm tires.
The Spinergy axles are two pieces that screw together inside the the hub. Just use a hex key at each end (at the same time) and rotate each one counter-clockwise (when facing the end) to unscrew.
Any questions or issues, give Ric a call.
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Thanks for the info Twocycle. Yes, the anodizing is gone. The braking surface looks like it is intended for a rim brake.
A good century. No problems. No creaks. Rear shifting was a bit "lazy" going into a smaller cog. I suspect it is the older XT derailleur in need of replacement. The bike is very stable at speed. I cannot feel when the stoker stands to pedal. Which is a good thing. Stoker says no need for a suspension seatpost.
Lots of fun talking to some the other tandems on the road except one that was carbon black with riders in black kits that buzzed by us tucked and hauling some major butt coming around a shallow right hand descent. The stoker gave us a peace sign (or "two sign") as they whizzed by.
Our avg was about 16.1 mph over the 101 miles. We did pull some riders with us on the flats when we were doing something in the 20s. Dinner with margaritas to celebrate ended the day.
Try Lowes Home Improvement or Home Depot. They have a limited supply of stainless in their hardware department.I have thought about adding a washer, it will need to be 1 to 1.5 mm for it to work. The fork drop outs are a few millimeters wider than the hub width, so this may work. Now I just need to find some good stainless steel washers
Adding washers may be a quick fix, but has a couple downsides...
1) places the fork dropouts further outboard from the hub/cups
2) smooth steel washers will provide very little grip interfacing with the fork dropouts.