Rolf Prima Elan RS wheelsets - clincher

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $979.00


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Product Description

  • weight: 1420g set [600g/820g]
  • spoke count: butted 20F/24R
  • For serious riders who demand every last measure of performance from a lightweight category wheel, but need some added impact strength and stiffness for more aggressive maneuvers on tougher road courses.


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    User Reviews

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

    Date Reviewed: February 20, 2011

    Strengths:    Relatively light
    Relatively strong
    Balanced,
    Stays true (so far)
    Reasonably aero for a low-rim clincher. Nice technology -- the paired spokes, internal spoke nipples, etc. -- without pushing the margins too far.


    Weaknesses:    None so far.

    Bottom Line:   
    I was looking for a strong, light wheel for riding several events this summer -- TOUR Transalp 7-day race from Germany to Italy, in particular. I need clinchers so I can quickly change a flat, something light enough for the climbs (20,000 meters of climbing over the week, and strong enough for the punishment I inflict on wheels (6'2", 200 lbs). I've been riding these for 6 weeks and have really enjoyed them so far. Light -- spin up easily, only a little flex when I hammer out of the saddle, and very comfortable over bumps. Compared with the wheels I've been riding lately (Hed Jet 6, Fulcrum Racing 1 Tubeless) the rear wheel feels like it is almost not there, it is so much lighter (with Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tires).

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    Favorite Ride:   Matsuhime Pass

    Price Paid:    $850.00

    Purchased At:   Wiggle

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic Ksyrium SL (2004).
    Fulcrum Racing 1 Two way (2009).
    Open Pro rims/Dura-Ace hubs.
    Reynolds Stratus Cross DV (2006).
    HED Jet 6 "stallion build" (2010).


    Bike Setup:   Cervelo R3 SL
    Dura Ace (with FSA Team Issue 53/39 crank or Ultegra compact 50/34)
    Fizik Arione etc


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John a Commuter

    Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

    Strengths:    Light for a clincher.
    Stiff enough on hard climbs despite lower weight
    Good road feel
    Stable on high speed descents


    Weaknesses:    Not particularly aero. My Topolinos are 48cm deep and really slice the air. The Elan don't deliver that sensation but are better all around.

    Bottom Line:   
    Rolf built me a set of Prima Elan RS from its remaining 2007 close out inventory of parts. Bought the Elan RS for a little extra strength versus the Elan since I'm 6' 2" and 165 pounds. Four rides, including one outing with a 2,700 foot climb on 8% grade, so far. The wheels are now my daily set, replacing tubular Topolino Revelation V90s (approx 1,100 grams). The Elan RS have been great - spin up well, solid on rougher road, fairly rigid in hard climbing, stable in descents and still feel relatively light. Nice combination plus the convenience/security of a clincher. I got a great deal as I was buying close out stock (that is why the "value rating" is 5 - otherwise probably a 4). I trusted reviews I read on this site and on cyclingnews.com. The reviews were right.

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    Price Paid:    $750.00

    Purchased At:   From manufacturer

    Similar Products Used:   Topolino Revelation V90
    Easton Circuit


    Bike Setup:   Cervelo R3
    DurAce shifters/brakes
    FSA cranks
    Ceramic MegaExo BB
    StrongLight brakes
    Speedplay pedals



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