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Old 02-23-06, 08:23 PM
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topolino wheels

who knows anything about these wheels i was looking at their web site and they look impressive im looking for a everyday wheel that is stiff and light and can hold up to a 200# clyedsdale.any info is welcomed
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Old 03-27-06, 04:09 PM
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For a review of the Revelation C19, go to Pez Cycling News

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id=3824

For a review of the Revelation V39 go to

http://www.tri-gearreview.net/forms/...aspx?REVID=280

Both are fairly informative and detailed reviews.
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I bought a pair of AC29's. They are pretty strange looking but they are by far the best wheels I have ever used. Light enough, stiff enough, comfortable enough but not cheap enough.

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I can think of many 'every day' wheels that won't cost so much
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You might want to ask Ravensmore about these wheels. He had some problems with his Topolino's! FMW has said good things about his, and there is two more guys on here that I have seen posting quit frequently about there Topolino's. Great looking wheel!
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if you have a problem, they have to go back to Topolino - that's everything from bent rim to broken spoke. I know it's hard to anticipate, but it's the difference between a couple days at the LBS and a couple weeks at the factory.
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I doubt any repair will take several weeks. Topolino is a small boutique company in Bethel, CT and I'm sure turnaround time for repairs is actually quite quick. My guess (speculation) is that most of the down time will be shipping to and from. Now with Mavic or Zipp, that's another story.

I say this only because I live near Bethel and have been by their shop. Plus, they were on local TV here and have a great reputation within the community.
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Let me preface this with my history with wheelsets. I've to date terminated a used pair of CXP/Tiagra's, and 2 sets of Neuvations. Its probably because of my weight of 210 pounds and me chasing rabbits like 2Roadies up and down the steep hills around here.

I knocked my Topolino AC29's out of true twice in a month. They require a somewhat special tool to true - a 5.5mm driver through the rim. I called the manufacturer after the 2nd time and spoke with Jason. He seemed genuinely suprised I was having problems. He indicated several of the guys that work there were my sized and commuted on the wheels every day. He paid for me to send the wheels back to them, then repaired them, and sent them back. The process took a little over a week, but to be honest some of it was due to a misunderstanding on my part. So customer service and turnaround is top notch.

Since I received them back I've only gone on 2 rides - both rather long but still, I've only got about 100 miles on them since they've been back. So far they're still true. I know that sometimes wheels have to "settle in". In other words on a fresh build, wheels sometimes react certain ways to stress being applied to them for the first time. Perhaps my wheels going out of true was just the initial stress on my particular build. I hope so, but I'll just have to wait and see. So far so good.

Topolino's ride like nothing else out there. Every first impression of a ride on them seems to involve the phrase "its hard to put into words..." The wheels some how "gloss" over some of the buzz, chatter, irregularities of the road, while still being stiff and communicating good road feel. Its very interesting - and a Godsend around here as I think its a very nice improvement when riding over chip seal.

The increased surface area of the higher number of broader than normal spokes does make the wheels a little kitey in crosswinds, although I rode on a set of Ksyrium Elites while I was waiting for my Topos to come back, and they felt similiar to me as far as the crosswinds.

The skewers they come with are very nice, btw.

Here's a pic of mine on my Moto:

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