Rolf Prima Echelon wheelsets - clincher

3.5/5 (4 Reviews)

Product Description

This aerodynamic category wheel system is hand-built in our Eugene, OR facility and features a 31mm tall rim profile with a narrow spoke bed and internal nipples for exceptional aero performance. Ideally suited for training and racing, this "all conditions" wheel system offers the strength and stiffness of the Vigor at a price you don't see for hand-built wheels in the USA.

model: Echelon
wheel size: 700c
category: aerodynamic
weight [700c]: 1640g set [680g/960g]
spoke count: bladed 16F/20R
rim: clincher
hubs: Campagnolo and Shimano compatible

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Richard Ramage

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2015

Strengths:    They are round?

Weaknesses:    Noise and no factory support

Bottom Line:   
The rear wheel makes a noise that sounds like the RD is out of adjustment. Wheel has been returned once for repair and was returned. It stayed quiet for 200 mikes and now the noise is back and I get crickets when contacting Rolf.

I'll be buying Mavic or Bonts asap.

No more Rolfs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2013

Strengths:    Very strong and durable wheel set. I have 4000+ miles on them and they are still true. I'm a big rider 240+/- and they take the abuse and keep going. Great product for the money. They spin up fast, sprinting is no problem. They climb very well. Solidly built. I've hit lots of bumps / pot holes with no issue, I have total confidence in them.

Weaknesses:    They have an Aluminum Free Hub body. I've embedded the cassette into the Free Hub... I'm a big rider and do a lot of climbing. So for a lighter rider this might not be an issue. I'll go with the Vigor RS which uses a Ti free hub when I need to replace the wheel and or maybe when I replace the cassette.

Bottom Line:   
Overall great wheel set I have been very happy with them. They look great, spin great and are fast. If you need a high performance budget wheel set the Echelons are a good choice. Plus they are Made in Oregon.

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Favorite Ride:   Death Ride

Purchased At:   Bike Gallery Beavert

Similar Products Used:   White Industry Hubs with A719 rims. - Stout rims for a big guy...

Bike Setup:   Co-Motion with 10 speed Ultegra

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

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2011

Strengths:    The spokes and rims feel solid, even for me as a heavy rider (5'11" and 195 lbs.). I've ridden and owned Mavic Ksyrium Elite, Neuvation R28X, and Easton Circuit wheels, and the Rolf Echelons are my favorite by far. They are more aerodynamic than these, feel a bit stiffer, and look sharp. Rolf customer service is great too. My rear derailleur malfunctioned once and damaged five rear spokes. Rolf charged $75 (including return shipping to me) and I had the wheel back in less than a week—much cheaper than my LBS.

Weaknesses:    The Echelon wheels are a little heavy-ish (1610g for the Echelon SL and 1680g) for the standard Echelons. The SLs use a lighter rear hub, however, so I'm not sure how much this translates into reduced rotational weight. If you're a heavier rider wanting an even lighter, similar Rolf wheel then the Vigor RS wheels are probably you're best bet.

Bottom Line:   
The Rolf Prima Echelon wheel set is great! The wheels are about as aerodynamic as you're going to get for a mid-v alloy clincher design. The internal spoke nipples and bladed spokes aid in the reduced drag. The rims feel solid and stiff and will hold up to training on a daily basis. (One minor note is that Rolf Prima recommends that the max inflation pressure for this set is 120 lbs.) The black and white graphics go with just about any bike color scheme too, so you'll look as sharp as you are fast. :-)

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Favorite Ride:   Hills & Flats Around Riverside, CA

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Ksyrium Elite, Neuvation R28X, Easton Circuit, Rolf Prima Vigor RS

Bike Setup:   Training Bike: 2010 Fuji Nichibei Roubaix with Sram Force shifters and derailleurs and a FSA SL-K Light crankset.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mattbikeboy a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2006

Strengths:    Strong, light and look pretty cool.

Weaknesses:    Cassette body seems to need rebuilding and lubing more than other wheelsets I've owned (road or mtb)

Bottom Line:   
A nice relatively lightweight & strong wheelset. I'm a heavy (220-230lbs) and have had no problems with wheels going out of true or breaking in 3000 miles. Have had some minor issues with the pawls drying out and rubbing and some issues with mechanism not freewheeling properly. Mostly seems to work out with overhaul and new bearings (1st time I only had 1000 miles on them though).

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Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Ksyrium Elite

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Tuscany, Dura-Ace bits, Thompson post and stem. Conti GP 4000 tires

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