Velocity USA Spartacus wheelsets - clincher

4/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

The Spartacus is available in a 20 spoke front/24 spoke rear for serious athletes. These great wheels are built using our time tested Deep V rims with 14g stainless steel spokes, brass nipples and our Velocity sealed bearing hubs. The hubs, spokes and rims are silver. Every wheel is hand laced, tensioned and trued to our exacting standards.
700C WEIGHT: Rear: 1062g, Front: 848g
20 spoke front 24 spoke rear


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

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2011

Strengths:    STRONG and Stay True
Losing a spoke doesn't end your ride
I think they look good


Weaknesses:    Could use strengthening at the rim

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden these for 3 years now (ave ~70 miles a week) They roll very well and are extremely strong wheels. I have broken 2 rear spokes (one on each side) and the LBS had no problem finding the Jhook spokes. The wheel was only pulled out of true by about 5mm on the loss of either spoke. The only issue is the rear rim has developed stress cracks at the nipples. I am 200-210# and ride the French cobblestone like streets in and around Oklahoma City.

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Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Old school Miche/Rigida Mallard/mavic, some sort of low end alex (came on used Fuji not OEM)

Bike Setup:   '05 Fuji Roubaix Pro, Dura Ace derailleurs ISM Saddle


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by DrSmile a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2006

Strengths:    Can take abuse. Less spokes make a difference down hills. Cool looking thick aero rims.

Weaknesses:    Aluminum Shimano hub (BAD!)
Fairly heavy


Bottom Line:   
I finally figured out why these wheels are so cheap when I needed to change the rear cassette: They use aluminum freehubs for Shimano, which is a really BAD idea as the steel sprocket splines will dig into the freehub rather badly. Aside from that they have been my training wheels for 3 years without any need to true them. I got the 24 spoke (instead of 20, the description above is incorrect) rear for heavier riders and 16 spoke front.

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Favorite Ride:   Up any hill...

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   FSA Aero Wheels
Mavic Cosmos Wheels


Bike Setup:   Kestrel w/Ultegra
Scattanyte w/Dura-ace


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

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2006

Strengths:    Good hub, stiff

Weaknesses:    Not much at thios price

Bottom Line:   
This is an Australian produst as far as I can tell. I've had these for 3 seasons as training wheels. Smooth bearings, stiff on climbs. I'm 180lbs and never had the impression of flexing/break rub etc.

In the 3rd season the rear wheel started squeeking on climbs and after a short investigation I traced it back to a lose nut holding the freehub in place. After tightening this the noise went away.

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Favorite Ride:   All over

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   Zipp 404, Mavic CXP-22

Bike Setup:   Caad 3, 105 groupo



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Spartacus: Blood and Sand actor passed away.

Hey folks, I rarely ever post here on da lounge, but I am sadden by the news this morning of Andy whitfield's death at age 39 from lymphoma. If you watched "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," then your familiar with the up coming actor. Here's a link to the story, God's speed Andy Whitfield. Peace :sad ... Read More »

awww, Spartacus hates losing...

:cryin: Cancellara claimed that the remainder of the Tour of Flanders field rode against him on Sunday, and damned winner Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) with the faintest of praise for the manner of his triumph. “[B]I’m very happy: there were fifty of them behind a [I]gladiator[/I][/B],” Cance ... Read More »

Spartacus: Blood and Sand Is...

...A Super Sausage Festival. I'm watching it on Netflix. I thought it would be cool. I like gladiator movies. I had no idea it would be a c0ck-o-rama. Every sentence has c0ck in it.Read More »

Spartacus vindicated

I'll say up front that I always thought the electric motor allegations were ridiculous. Surely this result vindicates what Fabian has been saying all along: the only motor he needs is himself. 1.6% faster than the next best and 5% faster than some of the cream of world cycling. Bike scanned fo ... Read More »

Spartacus's bike shifting

Watching the prologue & during Cancellara's warmup, Sherwin commented that Spartacus's bike had electric shifting on the back to change gears. So is SRAM offering select riders a new prototype electronic shifting for the tour only??? I know that the tour is where all the new stuff gets introduced ... Read More »

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