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.

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