ROL Wheels Volant wheelsets - clincher

4.79/5 (71 Reviews)
MSRP : $500.00


Product Description

The Volant is a modern classic: hardworking, lively and reliable. It's a wheel for putting in long training rides on questionable roads that's still quick enough for a spirited group lunch ride or a weekend race. The Volant was our first wheel model and this year we upgraded it with a wider rim for better handling, DT's double-butted stainless steel Competition spokes and our own carefully designed hubs.

The Volant is a popular upgrade wheel — at well under 1,700 grams, it's likely significantly svelter than the wheels that came on your bike, while offering reliable U.S. wheel building and a wide profile rim for better handling.

  • 28mm Alloy Aero Rim
  • 23mm Rim Width
  • 3D Forged Alloy ROL Hubset
  • DT Swiss Competition Spokes
  • 20 Spoke Front - Radial
  • 24 Spoke Rear - 2X2X
  • ABEC 5 TPI Steel Sealed Cartridge Bearings
  • ROL Skewers and Rim Tape Included


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tom Buckley a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2015

Strengths:    Durable hubs and rims, reasonable weight for the price.

Weaknesses:    Freehub body is extremely soft and non-durable aluminum.

Bottom Line:   
These wheels hold true quite well given their weight and cost. The hubs seem very durable and low-maintenance. However, the freehub body is made of a very soft aluminum that doesn't hold up at all to steel cassettes. I had to replace the body after less than one year of regular riding -- it could no longer hold the cassette firmly due to gouges in the soft metal, leading to persistent creaking and rattling. The company responded quickly and sent out a replacement.

More recently the replacement, like the original, has developed the same problem, rendering the wheel almost useless -- I can ride it, but not around other people due to the extreme noise. Furthermore, the notching in the freehub makes it nearly impossible to remove or re-install cassettes.

This time around, the company has not responded at all to my request for a replacement freehub body.

The problem is not caused by some sort of unusually hard cassette (Ultegra in my case), immense power on my part (143 lb climber) nor extreme use (<8 hrs/wk, mostly easy riding) -- the material is simply inappropriate for the application.

If ROL were to replace the current freehub body with something more durable, these wheels would earn a 5-star rating from me. But as it stands, the rear wheel only lasts for 1-2 years due to the soft freehub.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jack

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2015

Strengths:    Sharp looking and well constructed, very steady cornering and descending, no flex while climbing

Weaknesses:    None that I've found, they still run like new 2 years later

Bottom Line:   
Bombproof wheels have stayed true for nearly two years on rough northern New England roads. Cornering is phenomenal and descending at speed feels very comfortable. Weight is as expected for the price. I also bought a set of their 29er race wheels and have been equally impressed with those, ROL did a custom 15mm thru axle adjustment for one wheel at no cost. You can tell ROL takes pride in their work and they have been very responsive with emails. Highly recommend.


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Carl Jorgensen a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2014

Strengths:    Loud freewheel

Weaknesses:    Cheap Kinlin rims
Cheap EZO hubs

$500 wheels from $125 of parts. Short warranty period.


Bottom Line:   
Advertised to go 10k miles before service. Started breaking spokes in the rear wheel about 6k in. Rim gave out and broke at a nipple.

Good wheels if your roads aren't too bad, but priced pretty steep for the sourced parts. You could buy the parts yourself and have a wheelsmith build them and still come out way ahead.

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Similar Products Used:   Neuvation
Rolf Prima




Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Tank a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2013

Strengths:    Stay true, stiff, and light for the price.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden a pair of ROL Volants for 1423 miles and they are as true and as round as they were on day one. Excellent value.

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Favorite Ride:   Silverthorne to Vail and back

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Rolf Sestriere

Bike Setup:   OCLV, full Dura Ace, ROL Volants


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KevinT a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2013

Strengths:    Light enough for non racer types. ( Or casual racers)About a pound lighter than the stock wheels on my Madone 3.1. Roll smooth and fast. Can maintain more speed going into hills and coming off. Legs feel fresher. I'm 200 pounds and after several rides they are as true as when they came out of the box. Great value for the money! Got a second set for my wife's Madone. Two wheel sets cost about the same as one set of some others and you are not giving anything up in terms of quality.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
If you want a great upgrade whee set that won't break the bank these are a great choise. Strong, light, and fast. Great customer service with straight answers from Sean at Rol! Not often the owner calls you back to answer your questions!

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Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Rol wheels

Bike Setup:   2011 Trek Madone 3.1



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