Strengths: Beautiful to ride. Slip through the wind and roll beautifully. I was surprised at how much better these feel than the Mavics. Free hub is very quiet even with SRAM Red cassette.
Weaknesses: None with the wheelset though I urge you not to use Shimano Ceramic pads - they were terrible on the rims. Koolstop ceramics are vastly better.
My one complaint would be Troy can be rather slow to reply to e-mails and the wheels did take a couple of months to arrive. (I am outside the USA, perhaps that is a factor)
After exhaustive online comparisons, surfing forums and looking around I stumbled onto Legero. I received a set with the 2010 hubs (the newest version of the original design), Sapim CX-Ray spokes and Kinlin Rims. Due to the long delays getting my wheelset shipped (my order coincided with the change to the new hub design), Troy very kindly sent me the ceramic coated rims at no extra charge. The Model 1 wheelset is immaculately built, beautifully finished and exactly as promised.
Strengths: Light, bombproof, stiff, roll fast and are unique. Come with veloplugs installed. Have wide flange spacing. No garish graphics or decals plastered all over the rims, just Troy's clean circled L logo.
I'm approaching 2,500 miles on these wheels which I purchased late last summer. I've ridden through a couple of bad pot holes which I thought would have surely knocked these wheels out of true but they are still good as new. This speaks to the quality of the build. Besides being stiff and light, at less than 1400 grams, the single attribute that stands out to me is how fast they roll. I gap the group I usually ride with very rapidly when the road tips down and we're coasting. This doesn't happen on my other wheels. I bought these to be my event wheel set but find myself using them all the time because I like them so much. I hear rumors of a 205 gm rear hub with a 20 mm axle and larger bearings. I guess I'll have to get a new event wheel set with the new rear axle built up with Edge Composites' 2.0 rims when it becomes available!
Similar Products Used: Mavic Kysrium, Velomax Ascents
Bike Setup: Kestrel EMS 300, Campy Record 10spd Brifters w/ Stronglight Pulsion Crank Set, DurAce cassette, Selle Italia SLK saddle, AC Ti seatpost, Dia Comp BRS 200 Brakes, Cinelli Nerve Bar, Ligero Wheels
Strengths: Strong, tough wheels you can ride without having to baby, yet are still at the cutting edge of light-weight. Wide spaced hub flanges make the wheels track extremely well in corners.
The bottom line is that I really love these wheels. To be honest, the experience I had with them was similar to the first time I rode my Moots road bike: I set out expecting to blown away, or failing that, to have something feel different and unusual about the ride, but instead the overriding feeling I had was of not noticing them. I've since come to realize with my bike that this is a good thing, and I think it is with the wheels too: they basically do everything well and inspire confidence. They are decently aero, no perceivable flex at all (in corners the bike definitely tracked a lot better than with my other wheels), and unaffected by crosswinds. While this isn't a very important detail, I also love the way they look, particularly the spoke pattern on the rear wheel due to the triplet lacing.
One thing I like about the Kinlin rims is that the brake track is raised up a little bit, so if your brake pad overhangs a little then it won't immediately wear away the anodization on the rim (this happened to me frequently with Velocity rims).
Similar Products Used: Lew Pro-VT/Tune tubulars, American Classic 38mm Carbon Tubulars, American Classic/Kinlin XR-300 clinchers, American Classic/Velocity Aeroheads 24/28 hole, Velomax Ascent Comps (now Easton EA90SLX), Rolf Vector Comps.
Bike Setup: Moots Compact SL with Full Sram Red, Moots stem and post, and Ligero SLW wheels.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2009
Strengths: Stiff, strong and lightweight
Weaknesses: Non noted
I brought 3 sets of wheels to be used in RAAM 2008 which included; DT Swiss 1450, Reynolds Clincher DV46 and Troy Watson’s Ligero wheels with the Niobium 27 MM rim. I started with the Ligero wheels as I would be climbing during the first leg of RAAM. I liked these wheels so much that these wheels were on my bike for the entire ride.
The wheel set weighed in as a svelte 1370 grams. For a 160lb rider I was little skeptical as the front wheel has 20 Sapim cx-ray spokes, while the rear wheel has 24 Sapim cx-ray spokes.
The modifications that Troy has made to the front and rear hub has made a substantial different in the feel and the handling of low spoke count wheels. The widening of the front hub flanges and wider spacing of the bearings has created a very laterally stiff wheel for 20 spokes. The front wheel handled flawlessly in 20 mph cross winds and was incredibly stable at 52 mph on a downhill.
The rear wheel is a very different configuration, as the wheel has 16 drive side spokes and 8 non-drive side spokes. The real wheel took some abuse as I pedaled across the country, as many roads were less than perfect. The wheel is still as true as when it was brand new. The low spoke count and rim weight allowed for quick accelerations and are an excellent climbing wheel. I noticed the greatest difference in the rear wheel when powering over the rollers in the Midwest.
As a side note, the Phil Wood specified bearings rolled incredibly smooth.
For my riding style, these are the best set of wheels I have ever owned period. Troy thanks for a tremendous product.
2008 RAAM Team: Ride4Melanoma
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THE BEST $850 cycling investment I've EVER made. Still round and true after three centuries, numerous weekend solo climbs and on top of that they are my daily beater wheels for my 30 mile round trip tween home, work and back.
Anybody got any ideas when this will be released (uk) as it looks fantastic?
It seems to be available in Russia but no where else (its a bit to far to travel to for one):
[url]http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http://www.velopiter.ru/view/velo/2997.htm&ei=LQ1gTKODJ5qJ4gaG5vjx ... Read More »
This thing rode great. Very, very solid, and very, very smooth. Not noodly at all, as have been reports of other, vastly inferior bamboo bikes.
SLOEIT knows what he's doing.
Now if only he would get some liability insurance and start manufacturing these things.
Oh, and it's got a B ... Read More »
I want to get a good road bike for my wife and have been looking at the 2007 Fuji Finest 1.0. I looked at the Finest 2.0 but my only draw back was it lacked carbon seat stays.
Can anyone provide any feedback on experience with the Fuji Finest 1.0 (2007 model) or suggest any other comparable Wo ... Read More »
After 3 rounds of questioning, Troy sold me on the niobium rims with carbon fiber faring, White mountain bike hubs, and DT super comps with Sapim Lasers on non drive side (24/28). I've got 700 miles on the new wheels with no issues. I'm 6'6" and 240 pounds and I'm very hard on rear wheels. All of ... Read More »