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Reynolds Assault or Rolf Carbon

Old 07-09-09, 08:33 PM
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Reynolds Assault or Rolf Carbon

Almost ready to buy my next road bike... undecided of wich set of wheels,I live in Florida and here is mostly flat and speed is the main thing... I'm not interested in ZIPP's 'cause they will be $1700-$2000 for a new set and I'm more close or bellow 1K..

Rolf... clinchers alloy rims.

http://www.rolfprima.com/products-carbonTdF38c.php

Reynolds.. clincher carbon rims..

http://www.ride-this.com/index.php/r...-fr-black.html

Thanks..
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no parallel spokes for me, Assaults.
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of the two...Reynolds

check out Williams as well
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Old 07-09-09, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by TrippleB View Post
of the two...Reynolds

check out Williams as well
Yes they are nice too,so are Spinergy as well,I've had Rolfs before and they were fantastic wheels.. but I never had a carbon clincher and I'm concern about durability,I think Rolfs sice is an aluminum rim will last longer despite of the weight penalty..
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not Rolf (says the guy who rides/races them)

Reynolds or Williams
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Old 07-09-09, 10:30 PM
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I have a set of Rolf Vigor RS and put a lot of miles on them with no issues; still have them as my spare wheels. I now have some Reynolds carbon clinchers and after 1200 miles the only issue is the front brake squealing at low speeds. SwissStop Yellows pads and regular cleaning of the pads helps. What I really like about full carbon wheels is the ride quality; I find them to be much smoother than the Vigor RS.
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I've heard great things about the HED Ardennes (haven't ridden them myself, however).
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Originally Posted by Hida Yanra View Post
not Rolf (says the guy who rides/races them)

Reynolds or Williams
Ummm, but why not Rolf any explanation?
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Originally Posted by PipinFan View Post
I'm concern about durability,
If your concerned about durability then get some Edges.

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[QUOTE=dmp;9251705]I've heard great things about the HED Ardennes (haven't ridden them myself, however).[/Q


Those wheels are not carbon clinchers..
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[QUOTE=PipinFan;9253826]
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I've heard great things about the HED Ardennes (haven't ridden them myself, however).[/Q


Those wheels are not carbon clinchers..
true....
I misread the OP's post- he said alloy clincher Rolf's in his original post, but I didn't notice that he was actually referring to the carbon ones with the alloy braking surfaces.
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I love the Williams 38c wheels I got for my S2, they're my every day clinchers on that bike:

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The paired spoke thing has no engineering merit to it. It's marketing. Look at Shimano's wheel history - at least they were able to admit they were wrong and go to a sensible spoke pattern.

Rolf staked their company on paired spokes, just like Yakima staked their company on round bars (and apparently the engineers regretted it ever since - and I even believed in the round bar thing for 15 years or something crazy like that).

Reynolds. Or Williams. Or HED.

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I think I like these too.. Jezz they are cheap.. are they any good?



http://cgi.ebay.com/SPINERGY-Stealth...3286.m20.l1116
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Originally Posted by PipinFan View Post
I think I like these too.. Jezz they are cheap.. are they any good?



http://cgi.ebay.com/SPINERGY-Stealth...3286.m20.l1116

Are Spinergy any good ************************************************************???
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+1 on the Reynolds. The only thing I am trying to get used to is the squealing while hard braking. Even with Swiss Stop Yellows, the brake squeal is still unavoidable unless you modulate your braking. Other than that, they roll really nice and really hold their speed at 20+ mph!
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Originally Posted by PipinFan View Post
Are Spinergy any good ************************************************************???
Meh... I would stick with Edge or Reynolds.
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+1 on the Reynolds. The only thing I am trying to get used to is the squealing while hard braking. Even with Swiss Stop Yellows, the brake squeal is still unavoidable unless you modulate your braking. Other than that, they roll really nice and really hold their speed at 20+ mph!
I don't regret for a minute buying my 09 Reynold's DV46Cs. At speed the brakes work well and I think they have better feel than aluminum rims once you get used to modulating the braking. After 1800 miles my wheels are just on the borderline of needing a minor true. I have a stand that I check them with but I have a Pro do the fine t***ng.
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Originally Posted by PipinFan View Post
I think I like these too.. Jezz they are cheap.. are they any good?



http://cgi.ebay.com/SPINERGY-Stealth...3286.m20.l1116
FYI, those are 650 size.
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I have Assaults on my bike that I ride for flat to rolling and Ksyrium SL's for my bike that I ride rolling to hilly. My flat rides are probably hillier than the rides that you do in Florida. The Assaults have been great so far (maybe 500 miles). I don't find that the Assaults have much more side wind deflection than the Ksyriums with the bladed spokes.

A buddy of mine has the HED Ardennes and he likes them well enough, but they're not as aero as the Assaults. If you're a big guy, you may want to go with something like the Flashpoint 80's or HED Jets.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
FYI, those are 650 size.
I know I noticed that,but the 700c are a bit more.
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Originally Posted by Terex View Post
I have Assaults on my bike that I ride for flat to rolling and Ksyrium SL's for my bike that I ride rolling to hilly. My flat rides are probably hillier than the rides that you do in Florida. The Assaults have been great so far (maybe 500 miles). I don't find that the Assaults have much more side wind deflection than the Ksyriums with the bladed spokes.

A buddy of mine has the HED Ardennes and he likes them well enough, but they're not as aero as the Assaults. If you're a big guy, you may want to go with something like the Flashpoint 80's or HED Jets.
Thanks I'm 5.9" and about 170 pounds now,I think the Reynolds would be the ones,almost nobody here likes the Rolfs.. and the Spinnergy are not as good as the Reynolds..?!! ohh well.
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Make sure to have the Reynolds brought up to tension before you ride them. They are often built at low/uneven tensions which hurts their stiffness and durability. At 170 your not a huge rider but I would be careful to choose a set of wheels that are durable over all other factors. When it comes to buying carbon wheels new you have to choose 2 out of the following 3 options.
1 light weight
2 strong
3 relatively inexpensive
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