Aerospoke Mountain Wheelset

DESCRIPTION

  • Proprietary composite formula molded into a one piece, hollow wheel body with airfoil shaped spokes.
  • Weight:
    Front - 1194g
    Rear - 1380g

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Aug 24, 2015]
    Chuck Bryan
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Unknown

    Weakness:

    The company.

    The design of these wheels caught my attention years ago. I have broken many spokes on traditional wheels, and the idea of riding a wheel that makes this unlikely (but not impossible) appeals to me. In some reviews of the wheels, people have mentioned the lack of responsiveness from employees at Aerospoke, and there were recommendations for buying these wheels through a local bike shop (LBS.) That is what I did.

    I was told that the wheels might take two weeks to come in, and I fully realized that this was an estimate. At the end of the third week, having been reasonably patient, I emailed the bike shop to ask if they could find out how close to the ship date we had come. The next day, I was sent a replay stating that Aerospoke informed the shop that the wheels had shipped. I waited over two weeks before sending another update request.

    Well, at 5.5, almost 6 weeks, the wheels had not arrived, and I asked the people at the bike shop to cancel the order. I had been willing to wait for a reasonable amount of time; but, at this point, it appeared as though the people at that company were not being honest. If the wheels had been shipped, they should have arrived within one week, certainly not beyond two. I was informed later that someone at Aerospoke, probably not happy with a cancelled order, stated that the wheels had come off the production line, and were actually ready to ship at that point. Was this an attempt to retain the sale? Probably, yes. Was it an honest statement? Possibly, but I think probably not. This company has a very promising product, but the employees have abysmal business ethics; reprehensible ethics in general. The people at the LBS were great to work with through the entire process, so that was one positive thing in all this.

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    [Sep 06, 2014]
    Tom

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Look nice...

    Weakness:

    BEWARE... Don't support a business backed by poor customer support and bad practices. They sent me the wrong wheel set and screwed me for return shipping... Jerry assured me he'd send me a return label then went silent. My creditor said there's nothing they could do to force the merchant to provide return shipping and they couldn't help me until I returned the wheels. The creditor said many merchants know this and stall until the creditor dispute window expires. Then you're screwed...
    Thanks Jerry. YOU cost me $106 to ship wheels back that you acknowledged should have never been shipped to me in the first place.
    CRIMINAL!!!

    Not worth the risk of having to deal with their poor customer service

    [May 12, 2012]
    Jerry Rotramel

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    Great for what I use them for, riding on the beach at low tide. I can splash around and don't have to worry about rusting or broken spokes ever again. Great wheels for superclydes like me.

    Weakness:

    Ridiculously expensive. These mothers are heavy. You better learn to spin or these biatches will break your knees. The spokes flex more than they should and the bike feels a little squirrelly on the road. The spokes are hollow and there is a little debris in one of these, making a shoop-shoop hula hoop noise when slowly spinning in a quiet garage. Aerospoke sucks at delivery; they debited my card immediately but didn't ship for three months. Emails went unanswered. I finally had to threaten to contest the charge with my bank and report them to the BBB. First front wheel delivered was defective; there was debris in the hub and a skewer would not go through. Replacement came quickly, though. They blamed these problems on "overwhelming demand" and being out of stock, but I think they are having cash flow problems and are trying to use customer funds as long as possible. The wheels had date codes on them; my date codes predated my order. If you need these wheels for a specific use, like building a bullet proof beach cruiser, then go for it, but be prepared to fight for delivery.

    Wheels are great for specific uses like mine, but otherwise look elsewhere. Company is almost criminally deficient in delivery and customer service.

    [Sep 03, 2010]
    jeffandre
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Strong, excellent hubs, take a lot of abuse. Can replace them anytime for 150.00 no questions asked.

    Weakness:

    Heavy, not for weight weenies, added 3 pounds to my bike when old Mavic's came off. Also may not be best for those that like to rip through bushes and other vegetation, carbon fiber can scratch.

    Stout wheel that can take a lot of abuse! I drop over 4 feet numerous times a day, hit rocks and roots at full speed, and jump everything I can that won't break my seatstays. Only blemishes so far are a deep scratch on the rear wheel from??? And also curbed the rear wheel extrememly hard with low tire pressure and dented it a bit, still rolls fairly true, will replace it next year for $150. Rear hub sounds like it is bulletproof.
    Next bike will be Intense Uzzi VP Stealth Black, wonder if I can try these wheels on it???

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    [Aug 03, 2009]
    kooleddie13
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    INDESTRUCTABLE

    Weakness:

    WEAKNESS ?

    USE THESE WHEELS ON MY TRAIL BIKE .. A LITTLE HEAVY ,BUT THEY ARE EXTREMELY STRONG ... LOOK GREAT .... GIVES THE BIKE A DISTINCTIVE LOOK COMPARED TO SPOKES ...

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    [Jun 09, 2003]
    nik j
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    won't go out of true, as advertised. quality company stands behind them. they even absorb a bit of road buzz.

    Weakness:

    very heavy (actually heavier then some downhill wheels!). flexiest wheelset I have ever experienced. had the same rear hub problem as poster below. wheels do not come standard with disc hubs, which must be ordered seperately a considerable cost.

    if you can't be bothered truing wheels, or learning how to true wheels, consider these- UNLESS you are into hucking your bike around ala downhill and/or urban. these wheels will not go out of true, but they do not inspire confidence in your bike. they flex more than i ever knew wheels could. these are not carbon fiber, they are plastic. they are disigned to bend a certain ammount so they won't shatter on impact. if you run rim brakes, these will rub them as you make even the smallest slow turns, and slap against them with a very disconcerting CRACK-ing sound when your wheels hit the ground after being in the air but a few inches. the rear hub is sloppy feeling and allows a good bit of peadal turn before engaging. power transfer is acceptable, but not the best. they are arerodynamic, but a gust of wind from the side will move you much more than on a normal spoked wheel.

    people seem to have the impression that these wheels are bombproof and suitable for downhill. they are not. while they won't come out of true, the aluminum braking surface is not anything special and WILL bend with impacts. when that happens the wheel will need to be replaced for $150. if you like to pound your bike, a mavic deemax wheelset is 1/2 pound lighter, only $100 more, and suitable for professional downhill racing. (and mavic quality) nuf said.

    the issue with the hubs is primarily caused by riding when the lucknut that secures the hubs to the spokes is loose. this will allow the hub to break very quickly (yes, this happened to me). so if you have these wheels be careful and check it every month or so.


    so after all this, downhillers and freeriders shouldn't get these, xc dudes shouldn't get these, nor should people who want high quality hubs.
    who should? people who ride a lot, don't jump things, and can't be bothered truing wheels.
    they are sturdy to a point, but have never inspired my confidence in my bike. this is unacceptable for a wheel this expensive. they're gone.

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    nothing quite mag...

    [Dec 01, 2001]
    RastaMoha
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Strong wheels. Smooth hubs. Never need to true. Look sharp.

    Weakness:

    You always have to sacrifice something, and in this case it's the weight.

    If you never want to worry about truing, tacoing, or replacing spokes on a wheel, then I would recommend Aerospoke. Also, they come with a $150 lifetime upgrade!

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    [Feb 04, 2002]
    Rob
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    LOOKS!!! INDESTRUCTABLE!!!

    Weakness:

    WEIGHT

    These wheels are awesome. There are two reasons the local bike shop succeeded in talking me into these wheels. The looks and because they never need to be trued. I was tired of trueing wheels. They were right on both accounts. The wheels make your bike look so much better. They are also bomb proof. I have never had a single problem. The one problem is these wheels weigh a ton.

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    [Jan 31, 2002]
    james o'mare
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    The Aerospokes I purchased were for use on my Trek 5500 and yes they were cool to look at. They are also very good on the flats and downhill.

    Weakness:

    1) I killed a set of these rims going in to a moderate pot- hole. Expectedly, the aluminum rims were bent. However, the real damage was when the rim came out of round - thus, unusable. DO NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE THAT THEY ARE BOMB PROOF. They are not. I have hit many worse obstacles with rims costing much less and never had any comparable damage.

    2) It's not enough to pay $600 for the set. The "replacement fee" is another $300. I decided instead to buy a Set of Shimano 535's from CambriaBike.com for $199. I felt Aerospoke was just trying to make more money off of their already weak product. Overall - don't buy.

    3) If you do a lot of hills do not buy these rims as they are awful. Expect to lose the majority of that potential energy that normally helps rock you up the hill. These rims are dogs...

    4) If you are going for cool looking rims get Spinergy's.

    Don't buy them. They will break and then there is nothing you can do about it except pay too much again as a replacement fee.
    If you want, I'll sell you my busted ones for a discounted fee - return them for $300 and you too can experience my pain...

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    [May 13, 2003]
    Shawn Brandon
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Never have to true, Wheel looks better then any other. Also the guys at Aerospoke are very easy to work with top notch. Plus no matter how old you wheel is you can upgrade to new one for $100.00. Also I wanted to mention that I have the disc adapter on mine and it works great. I run I bike shop and have been into Mtn. biking for 10 years and have never dealed with such A good group of guys. Thanks Aerospoke.

    Weakness:

    No weaknesses so far. I feel after dealing with Aerospoke even if i did have A problem with the wheel they would take care of it.

    This wheel is not for everybody. If you count grams then forget about this wheel, because they are not the lightest. But If you are looking for A wheel that has to never be trued, looks cool and is super strong then this wheel is for you.

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