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Anyone with experience using Spinergy X-Aero Lite PBO?

Old 08-27-08, 02:32 PM
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Anyone with experience using Spinergy X-Aero Lite PBO?

Cough up the details? Or your thoughts on the technology if you wish. Just looking for some helpful/useful suggestions.

That useful part is probably gonna keep this down to maybe 2-3 replies...
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Good rims and spokes (performance wise), bad hubs.

I've seen and experienced a few of broken freehubs on Spinergy wheels. Although I do have a pair of SR-3's with some 20,000 KM on them that are still rolling very well.

The spokes also don't like to be anything but ridden. Any stress that isn't associated with riding the wheels will likely result in a spoke failure.
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On a more positive note, I've been training and racing on a pair of Stealth PBO's for almost three years with zero problems or failures of any kind, and that includes two large impact race crashes.
In the first crash, someone moved over on me in a turn and hooked my front spokes with their rear QR lever at 25mph. Well, these spokes don't break, so instead of a catastrophic failure that any other wheel would have experienced, I was simply launched over the bars. I fully expected to find the wheel(among other things) totalled, but upon spinning it, I found that it was about 1/8" out of true. It turned out I could have gotten back into the race had I not been in such shock and bleeding all over the place.

Second crash happened during a sprint at 38mph when a dude literally fell on my front wheel. Over the bars again with the bike being flung nice and high, landing on the rear wheel. Again, I expected to be needing a wheel replacement - but no - the rear wheel was barely even out of true, and the front had no problems.

These wheels have been through a lot.

Spinergy gets a bad rap from things that happened several years ago, but their current product is very good. Just consider that all brands have failures of some sort.
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I'm interested in hearing more recent opinions on the Spinergy line overall. Searching brings up lots of old links...
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Originally Posted by CerveloFellow View Post
I'm interested in hearing more recent opinions on the Spinergy line overall. Searching brings up lots of old links...
Let me log some miles and I'll give my .02 on them. I'm throwing down for a blue set tomorrow. They should go nicely with my newly powdercoated Candy Blueframe.
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Let me log some miles and I'll give my .02 on them. I'm throwing down for a set tomorrow. They should go nicely with my newly Candy Blue powdercoated frame.
Are you really?

Just know you are buying a very heavy wheel for the money. They'll be fast on the flats, but a burden on the climbs compared to lighter rimmed wheels.
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
Are you really?

Just know you are buying a very heavy wheel for the money. They'll be fast on the flats, but a burden on the climbs compared to lighter rimmed wheels.
Yes I know this, but I like to try different things. It's Spinergy w/Blue spokes or Williams System 19 in Polished Silver for $60 more shaving only 100grams less. I'll sacrifice the grams for blingy new spoke tech

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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
Are you really?

Just know you are buying a very heavy wheel for the money. They'll be fast on the flats, but a burden on the climbs compared to lighter rimmed wheels.
How much do the rims weigh?
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Originally Posted by Chucklehead View Post
How much do the rims weigh?
Over 500 grams.
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Can you point me to a page that has this info? I've been wondering what the individual weights are of the different parts.
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Originally Posted by Chucklehead View Post
Can you point me to a page that has this info? I've been wondering what the individual weights are of the different parts.
It's what I remember from tinkering with a friend's broken X-Aero front wheel.

The rim weighed over 500 grams on a Park Tool DS-1 scale..
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I've heard the same concerning the rim weight on the X-Aero.

On a side note, I kind of prefer this weight range. I demo'd a set of Topolino ax3.0 for a LBS and was impressed with the ride quality. However the lightweight 1392grams seemed to take alot more energy to keep them spinning at high speeds, but were great on climbs. Also, I expected a much smoother finish to the spoke surface, a few seem rough and had strands peeking through the finish layer. To me the 1500-1600gram range suits my 'all-around' needs.

The spoke technology is what drew me to the Spinergy's, that and the blue spokes. I'll post my thoughts once they arrive (5-7days) and put some miles on them.

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