Rolf Prima Carbon TdF38 wheelsets - tubular

5/5 (5 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Wheel size: 700c
  • Spoke count: Bladed 14F/16R
  • Rim: Tubular
  • Hubs: Campagnolo and Shimano compatible

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User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2014

Strengths:    Weight, stiffness, aero and lack of rolling resistance, look awesome.

Weaknesses:    None that I can think of

Bottom Line:   
Easily the fastest wheels I've ridden - smooth ride, great up and down the hills, snappy acceleration with no noticeable flex. These are the perfect finishing touch to my Pinarello and far nicer to ride than the DA 7850's (both tubeless and clincher) and Fulcrum Racing 1's (clincher) and Zipp 404's (tubular) I've used previously.

Being relatively light / small at 69kg, I have found the 38 profile to be an ideal balance between aero (deeper profiles seem to catch the wind quite a bit) and the light rotating mass makes them feel much quicker to accelerate and climb with than any of the other I've mentioned. They certainly are better in the climb and descent (particularly if its windy) than the 404's.

Braking is very good with the Rolf Prima provided blue brake pads with no discernable wear on the brake track on the rims.

Best of all they were a new old stock bargain at under $1k the set complete with campy free hub, wheel bag and ti skewers.

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Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Distrbutor

Similar Products Used:   Zipp 404, Dura Ace 7850, Fulcrum Racing 1

Bike Setup:   Pinarello F4:13 carbon, campagnolo chorus carbon, Fizik Arione, Rolf TDF38, speedplay zero ti.

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

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2011

Strengths:    Strengths are obviously weigh and very aero, strength for a carbon rim regarding being damaged, i weigh 185 and they never need to be trued and spokes are still fine, i wonder why they aren't used more often by the pros since the low spoke count creates less drag?

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I have had these TDF 38 wheels on my System six for 3 seasons with 0 problems, never needed to be trued, etc. and i even hit a minor pothole once in a while with no damage, i ride on the streets not a closed course so these wheels are amazing.

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Favorite Ride:   weekend rides

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Rolf aluminum wheels

Bike Setup:   Cannondale System six, full DA with SL crank with ceramic BB, SSM full carbon seat, Zipp bars and service course stem, Ciamillo brakes, Speedplay titanium pedals and that sticky bar tape, 14.1 with pedals

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

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2009

Strengths:    Weight
Customer Service
Build Quality

Weaknesses:    Cost (you get what you pay for - these are like driving a Ferrari)

Bottom Line:   
Bought these new online a few years ago strictly for racing (cat1). I run Conti Sprinter tubs, which mesh well with the rim shape. I have (cringe) run these in a few crits (thankfully w/o wadding them), circuit races, and long, long hilly days.

These wheels are stiff laterally and super supple - they ride like velvet. I am not a big guy (160lbs/73kg) but am strong enough to flex the big ring of my 7800 cranks. These wheels barely flex. There is absolutely no spin-up time (or effort). You think about accelerating and it has already happened. Rolf recommends running Cool Stop black brake pads and they stop like the dickens - wet or dry. After breaking in the wheels/bearing they spin...forever. Seriously, go pour yourself a cup of coffee. The reinforced braking surface has held up great - especially with all the challenging (read - crappy) conditions that I have ridden the wheels in. They have remained remarkably true (laterally and radially). Best race wheel I have ever ridden. Period.

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Favorite Ride:   Anything steep

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Reynolds Stratus DV46 tub
Easton EC90 SLX tub
Mavic Cosmic Carbone tub

Bike Setup:   Lots of carbon with some Ti hardware, 14 pounds with the Rolfs.

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

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2008

Strengths:    Light, smoothness, turning and cornering appear really stable and solid.

Weaknesses:    Price.

Bottom Line:   
Extremely smooth and buttery feel, though light - feel fast and firm though. Need to use them more for a complete review but they have held their own over major road bumps - still true after some hard bumps. So far so good. Some adjustment to record derauiller becasue of spokes htting it but not a problem.

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Favorite Ride:   Gonzo Pass, Lincoln, NH

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Revolution Cyclery

Bike Setup:   Bianchi 928 carbon (2005) with Campy Record (2008), currently using vittoria tires.

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

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2007

Strengths:    Bladed spokes, recessed nipples(the sign of a true aero design). Great price for a hand made Carbon Tubular wheelset.

Weaknesses:    This was my first tubular wheels set and likewise my first attempt at mounting tubular tires. Still was time well spent.

Bottom Line:   
Super fast lowest spoke count of any wheel I have ever had the pleasure of riding. The 14 spoke fornt and 16 spoke rear make for one of the fastest wheels on the market. The medium profile of the Tdf 38's offers a great all around performance weather it's chasing down a breakaway or attacking a steep climb.

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Favorite Ride:   Hwy 242

Price Paid:    $1799.00

Similar Products Used:   Rolf Prima Vigors
Mavic Wheels
American Classic Sprint wheels

Bike Setup:   Custom Compact steel Burley Wolf Creek with all the Dura Ace trimings.

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