Rolf Prima Apex wheelsets - clincher

4/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $600.00

Product Description

Rolf Prima Apex Road Wheelset. Apex is a lightweight category wheel system that delivers extraordinary value and ride performance. Ideal for the budget-minded cyclist who is not willing to trade-off the quality and long-term stability associated with hand

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keith a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2010

Strengths:    Good value, pretty light, strong, stay true, look good.

Weaknesses:    There are lighter wheels out there, easier to repair.

Bottom Line:   
Got a good deal on these and have loved them since I put them on the bike. I'm a light rider (150#), but have ridden them pretty hard for the last year, and have had absolutely zero problems with them. I hit a concrete edge last weekend at about 40 mph, and thought the front wheel was going to buckle, but got to a stop and was astonished to see not a dent.

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Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   Mavic

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Pat a Commuter

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2009

Strengths:    light.

Weaknesses:    spokes losen, rear hub, spokes snap.

Bottom Line:   
I got these wheels from Nashbar in early 2008. I noticed some problems with the freehub not spinning well and/or interfering with the axle which caused me to send them back to Rolf for a $70 repair. At that time, I felt happy with the wheels. They were light and stiff and climbed well. In 2009, I noticed the wheels started to flex a lot on climbs and hit the brake pads when out of the saddle (I'm about 180pounds). Their site directed me to a shop for repair that didn't actually repair Rolf stuff (wtf?). I eventually found another place that re-tensioned the wheel for me. Later, more issues with the rear hub forced me to put in a spacer which screwed up my gearing. The final straw happened two days ago. THe last race in a series, I'd prepared 6 months for, 20 mile up-hill climbing race and a spoke on the rear wheel snaps without warning, making the bike un-rideable. I think I had about 4000miles on the wheels.

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

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2009

Strengths:    Value, quality, price

Weaknesses:    Light but not extremely light. Rolf uses internal spoke nipples with very high tension. May be hard to find replacement spokes at LBS and LBS may not have a lot of experience truing these type wheels.

Bottom Line:   
I bought these using a discount code and got a good deal. They are a decent mid-weight wheel that have stayed true for over 5000 miles. I weigh about 160 lbs and occasionally ride on rough roads and have hit my share of small potholes. These were a replacement for very old OEM wheels that weighed more than 2000 grams. I noticed an improvement in my ability to accelerate (and thus not get dropped) and have much better control on fast downhills.

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Favorite Ride:   Blueridge Parkway

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Bike Setup:   1993 Trek 2200, upgraded to Ultegra/DA, Sram compact crank.

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

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SRAM Apex front shifter issue

My Girlfriends Orbea is equipped with Apex shifters and a Force front derailure. It shifts fine from the small ring to the big ring, but when you try and put it back to the small ring the shifter does nothing. I found that when I push the paddle the opposite direction, there is a small click and the ... Read More »

Apex more expensive than 105... Which one?

I have done some research online which has suggested SRAM Apex is between Tiagra and 105. Many people in posts have recommended Apex because 105 is more expensive and not necessarily better. However, searching now I find that Apex is more expensive than 105 (Apex £400ish, 105 £360ish) Is this beca ... Read More »

What's the diff between Apex,Rival, Force?

I'm new to riding and have an Apex group. I'm thinking of upgrading. What is the difference between the Apex,Rival, and Force FD,RD, and shifters?Read More »

Rear Derailleur (Apex) Barrel Adjuster Question

So last night as I was leaving from a stop sign I caught my foot on something in the derailleur cable area section of my bike (yeah I don't know how that happened). After that I noticed my shifting was getting pretty iffy, all symptoms of having too much cable tension. I went to adjust the barrel ad ... Read More »

Swapping SRAM APEX 11-32t cassette for something more conventional

What steps would I have to take to swap out my cassette to something with a more conventional gear spacing. I like the way Apex performs but I live in South-Eastern Michigan and the climbs here a nothing that extreme. Could I just swap out the rear cassette and been done with it or does the rear der ... Read More »

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