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Help Making Up my Mind on Rolf Vector Pro's

Old 06-01-07, 09:06 PM
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Help Making Up my Mind on Rolf Vector Pro's

(Pics of the wheels in question below)

My team deals with Xero for race wheels- we get some pretty nice carbon jobs I wouldn't train on. I've been training on some Mike Garcias... nothing special, a budget build. They were thrashed recently.

So I may buy a set of Rolf Vector Pro's from a guy- they are from either 97 or 98... I guess the story is he hasn't ridden his bike in years due to some horrible back injury, and when he did ride, these were event whels only, so they're in pretty immaculate shape. I trust him when he says they're perfect, he's a friend of a good buddy.

They're 14 spokes front, 16 spokes rear, Rolf deep section rims, Rolf hubs.

I'm not that familiar with recent Rolf stuff, and even less so with these- they dropped when I was I like 14. Wasn't so into the thousand dollar wheelsets back then.

He was asking 395 on Craigslist, but I think I could get them for 200-250...

Are these good wheels? How different are they from the current Rolfs? Any issues with this model? How much would you pay (if you were a starving racer)?

Are they stiff? Flexy? (I'm 150lbs) Assuming they handle areo duties well...

Any thoughts and opinions greatly appreciated, might be pulling the trigger, TONIGHT, before 10PM Pacific time, so in like 2 hours...

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Current Rolf wheels are based on the same design. The Pros were excellent wheels for their time and you should find them plenty stiff for your weight.

One thing - these wheels came in 3 models - the standard Vector, Vector Comp and Vector Pro. The Pro was definitely the lightest and best of the 3 and certainly the most expensive.

$2-250 is a decent price if they are in real nice shape. If not, pass on them and look for others - like the Bontrager X-Lite Aero, which is essentially the same wheel. Designed by Rolf and built by Bontrager/Trek when they were collaborating with each other.

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Checked them out tonight... passed on them. They weigh close to 1900g for the set! The Vectors and Vector Comps must just be anvils... I figured being older tech they'd be heavier, but that's a little crazy...
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