Rolf Prima Elan RS wheelsets - clincher

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Elan RS

  • 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.

  • User Reviews (2)

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    ratherbecycling   Road Racer [Feb 20, 2011]
    Strength:

    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.

    Weakness:

    None so far.

    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).

    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).
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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    John   Commuter [Jun 02, 2008]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

    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.

    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.

    Similar Products Used: Topolino Revelation V90
    Easton Circuit
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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