SRAM S30AL Race Road Wheelset. The perfect combination of lightweight and aerodynamics. Put these wheels on your bike and feel how responsive they are. Packaged in a beautiful black diamond finish, they will turn heads around.
Strengths: Looking good and first time of use is feeling very good
Weaknesses: After 2-3 years of use the start to fall a part.
Don't use Sram wheels , especially s30 , they are not reliable, the tend to breake and when you even consider to ask sram guys , as I did through the dealer , they will blame you for that.
Now after 3 years of use , both wheels , first was the rear , and after 2 months the front , are cracked.
And I have never road the Paris roubaix...
Sram are not reliable
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2014
Strengths: This is for S30Gold. lightweight, superb engineered design (for disassembly and reassembly), excellent braking, stiff.
Weaknesses: Broke 1 front spoke within first 500 miles, the spoke head at the hub gave out. Broke a rear non-drive spoke within a week of the front wheel, this time, the spoke shattered into 3 pieces. Was able to ride home at around 17mph with a +/- 10mm total deflection (i opened the brakes to prevent rubbing) for 15 miles on front wheel, and 20 miles on rear, including a few climbs each time.
I replaced the spokes, haven't had any issues for 500 miles so far. My guess is a QA issue, these two spokes where obviously set a much high tension than the rest. The front wheel was true when I replaced the spoke, the rear wheel will always have a 1mm deflection (my guess is due to the type of failure of the spoke).
At first I was a bit skeptical due to the light weight of the wheels and Sapim's claims that CX-ray spokes are the strongest in the world, then I was disappointed when they failed.
I've had a spinergy xaero lite wheel set for 10 years and had zero issues. so, CX-ray strongest in the world? hmm.
I'm at 175lbs, tons of hills in Pacific northwest and bumpy roads, but after the repairs, the S30 golds have been good. I hear a "ting-ting" sound from the front and from the rear every now and then but not all the time, and it does not affect their performance.
I feel more comfortable now and ride then as hard as my spinergy's. Bearings are excellent on the S30 golds, ceramic.
Taking the wheels apart for the spoke replacement, i did myself and the engineering to disassemble and reassemble is amazing, more wheel manufacturer's should make it this easy. Spokes are about $3 each, order a few of each, you will need them.
Weaknesses: crap, 2 spokes broken, bearings replaced twice, not good enough from a high end company
would shop around for different brand next time
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2013
Strengths: light, fast, comfortable
Weaknesses: not really anything
decals scratched but, hey, we've had them almost 3yrs.
My wife (118lbs) and I (154lbs) share these though she rides them most often. We have put well over 3000 miles on them and not a single issue. I adjusted the play in the front hub just a bit when new and haven't had to touch them since. There are lots of hills (mtns) around here and the wheels are solid, secure decenders. Fast and comfy on the flats (23mm Diamante Pro)