Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Anybody know the Rolf history of wheels?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Anybody know the Rolf history of wheels?

Old 10-28-05, 03:55 AM
  #1  
53-11_alltheway
"Great One"
Thread Starter
 
53-11_alltheway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Might as well be underwater because I make less drag than a torpedoE (no aero bars here though)
Posts: 4,463
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd love to get my hands on some NOS Rolf rims/NOS Rolf Hugi hubs from a few years ago and build up some paired spoke wheels on my truing stand.

So does anyone know the differences between the various designs over the years?

I'd like to get the low 14/16 spoke count ones, but I'm open to opportunity for other stuff.

I like technical info so If you have links please share.

Last edited by 53-11_alltheway; 10-28-05 at 04:01 AM.
53-11_alltheway is offline  
Old 10-28-05, 06:36 AM
  #2  
53-11_alltheway
"Great One"
Thread Starter
 
53-11_alltheway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Might as well be underwater because I make less drag than a torpedoE (no aero bars here though)
Posts: 4,463
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I read some reviews at roadbikereview about both the vector pro and vector comp and apparently the Hugi freehub has cracking problems on the drive side spoke holes.

I guess that means.......Nevermind.
53-11_alltheway is offline  
Old 10-28-05, 06:43 AM
  #3  
Hunter
NOT a weight weenie
 
Hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,762
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
https://www.rolfwheels.com/about_us/index.html
Hunter is offline  
Old 11-01-05, 02:08 AM
  #4  
53-11_alltheway
"Great One"
Thread Starter
 
53-11_alltheway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Might as well be underwater because I make less drag than a torpedoE (no aero bars here though)
Posts: 4,463
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
So today I watched two brand new Rolf Vector Pro Rims (14,16 hole) go for $22 for both. The shipping of $18 would have made them $20/rim delivered.

Too bad Rolf Prima doesn't sell the paired spoke hubs based on the superior White industries design. They said they block the sale to prevent people building up old Rolf rims to protect their image. From a business sense I can't blame them though.

Hopefully that paired spoke technology patent will expire soon. Anybody know when?
53-11_alltheway is offline  
Old 11-01-05, 02:53 AM
  #5  
rickkko
TREK 2300 owner
 
rickkko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Sandy Eggo CA
Posts: 392

Bikes: '04 Trek 2300, '77 Panasonic Touring Deluxe

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I was considering Rolf wheels recently. I visited two local distributors (LBS) of those wheels to learn more.

Boy was I surprised. One place had his last set heavily discounted 'cuz he wanted them to be the last pair he ever sold (after 15 years!). He said they just aren't competitive any longer. Plus he dealt with more failures than with most other brands.

Not a very good recommendation.

Went across town and found the only other dealer handling Rolfs in my area. Wow! Almost identical comments. He absolutely DID NOT want me to buy Rolfs. He didn't have any in stock but said he could order them (but he didn't want to). He's big thing was their failure rate. He tried to turn me on to Reynolds wheels, I think they were.

Just my experience researching them in my area. Not good. Made me very leary. And more leary of the warranty.

..rickko..
rickkko is offline  
Old 11-01-05, 06:56 PM
  #6  
Drayko
Senior Member
 
Drayko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Colorado
Posts: 355
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think this is Rolf's wheel patent:
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/5931544.html
from there
Filing Date: 1998-08-06
Publication Date: 1999-08-03
I think patents last 20 years from filing date, unless this has changed, not sure am I. I think it may be a while.

As for the new Rolf wheels I've heard nothing but great things about them from everyone I talked to. Everyone I talked to said they never needed trueing or anything much less failure. The only caveat my LBS added is that they're expensive which is why they don't usually have models on floor. I don't have many miles on my Rolfs yet but I'd say so far that they're awesome. Best wheels I've ridden.
Drayko is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.