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Old 04-21-10, 10:39 AM
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ROL Race SL's

I had started a thread recently on wheels for 1K.

Did some poking based on what folks recommended and right now I'm liking the ROL Race SL's the best. I wanted to get some feedback from folks who actually own & ride them. I am 5'10" @ 180lbs and want an good all around wheelset that will be an upgrade from the Mavic Aksiums I'm currently running on my CAAD9. While I don’t race I do do the B rides at our club and also solo century rides as well. I live in CT. and there’s no such thing as a flat ride where I live. A typical ride has 100’ of elevation gain per mile…..like this:
https://connect.garmin.com/activity/29581063
or this:
https://connect.garmin.com/activity/29581039
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I'm no expert, and don't have much to compare them to since its my first set of "good" wheels. I've had mine a little more than a month, and about 500 miles, and love them. I'm 195 lbs and they seem stiff to me -- and after more than a few good slams in pot holes and drops of curbs -- both are still perfectly true.

I was most impressed when I got a flat in back going 25-30 mph -- I didn't notice the flat until it was totally flat -- no damage to the wheel at all.
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Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT View Post
I had started a thread recently on wheels for 1K.

Did some poking based on what folks recommended and right now I'm liking the ROL Race SL's the best. I wanted to get some feedback from folks who actually own & ride them. I am 5'10" @ 180lbs and want an good all around wheelset that will be an upgrade from the Mavic Aksiums I'm currently running on my CAAD9. While I don’t race I do do the B rides at our club and also solo century rides as well. I live in CT. and there’s no such thing as a flat ride where I live. A typical ride has 100’ of elevation gain per mile…..like this:
https://connect.garmin.com/activity/29581063
or this:
https://connect.garmin.com/activity/29581039
I have Race SLs and love them. They do absolutely everything well.
They roll extremely well and are easily faster than my 3x/32h wheels (and not a whole lot slower than my 50mm carbon wheels). They handle predictably in turns...no drama or squirrely behavior.
The rims are the Kinlin XR300 hoops that everyone has a woodie for around here, so they're rock solid. DT Aerolite spokes tie them to ROLs housebrand hubs. The hubs are DEAD smooth and spin freely, and almost as long as my White Industries hubs.

I've had mine for a bit over a year and they've knocked down @ 5000 miles. They've been touched up once...after a crash.

People will nay-say and tell you that you can build a set of wheels that are better, but you cannot...unless you plan on spending $200+ more. Bang for the buck, they are outstanding wheels and a great choice.
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Was your LBS able to true them up for you ? I've asked my LBS about these and they seem to want ot push a prebuilt wheel like Kysriums or American Classics over these....they seemed to imply that some of the smaller wheel companies offerings could not be serviced by them...
I have a $500 credit at this shop and I am going to have them order whatever I decide on and pay the difference out of pocket.

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I've had mine for a bit over a year and they've knocked down @ 5000 miles. They've been touched up once...after a crash.
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Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT View Post
Was your LBS able to true them up for you ? I've asked my LBS about these and they seem to want ot push a prebuilt wheel like Kysriums or American Classics over these....they seemed to imply that some of the smaller wheel companies offerings could not be serviced by them...
I have a $500 credit at this shop and I am going to have them order whatever I decide on and pay the difference out of pocket.

Yeah, the shop trued them with no issues. They are pretty standard as far as wheels go...standard hubs, standard j-bend spokes and standard 30mm rims.

AC wheels use AC hubs...and that's their problem. Small bearings that don't distribute load well and narrow flange spacing on both front and rear hubs + not stiff.

Technology has passed the Ksyriums. They are ostensibly the same wheels as they were 10 years ago. If you break a spoke/hub/rim, you're out of commission for a WHILE if you're forced to wait on Mavic.

The AC and Mavic wheels are both WAAAAY more $ than the ROLs as well. That extra cash you save buys a cassette and tires, and you'll still walk with $ in your pocket.

ROL's customer service is also second to none. If you have a problem, call Sean directly and talk to him. He'll rectify the issue immediately.
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