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Rims for first Generation Roval Hubs?

Old 07-14-07, 09:24 PM
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Rims for first Generation Roval Hubs?

I have an opportunity to purchase a pair of early Roval Hubs, and I think they would make an interesting vintage wheelset, however, I have no source for spokes or rims. From what I have heard, early Rovals are prone to breaking, and parts are difficult to find. Would these be a worthwhile investment, or should I consider passing these up?


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Old 07-14-07, 09:42 PM
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hmm.. didn't they use some unique straight-pull aero spokes w/ some kind of concealed nipples ?
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That's what I have heard. Here is a ebay auction with a complete wheelset with two extra spokes for reference:

https://cgi.ebay.com/Roval-Wheel-Set_...QQcmdZViewItem


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looks tuff..
have a close look at your hubs and maybe ask that seller for a closer pic of his spare spokes
to see if you can cobble something together..
it's possible to order normal straight pull spokes from phil wood:
https://www.philwood.com/Spokes%20&%20Nipples.htm

otherwise it seems like yours would be best as spares for an already complete wheelset
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I have a set of these wheels, and while they are interesting, they aren't really very useful. The rims aren't very strong, to true the wheels you have to remove the tires, and spokes are impossible to get.

They might be the first wheels with aero spokes and hidden nipples, but that's not necessarily a good thing.
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