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    Spinergy PBO spoked wheelset for SS thoughts?

    So the wheels have amazingly consistent reviews which is pretty rare for a decent priced set.

    My concern is torqing up hills and feeling the "flex" that everyone talks about. I don't know it that's good or bad.

    I am leaning towards buying the used set I found. Any advice would be greatly appreciated and a virtual trail brew given :]

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    What is wrong with regular rims and spokes?

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    I have worked on a lot of wheelchair wheels with those spinergy spokes. They are interesting to say the least. Supposedly they are very strong. The trick with em is to not allow them to twist up. They will become dramatically weaker and fail.

    Truing is a total PIA because you have to remove the tire, tube, and rim strip and adjust the nipples with a 1/4in socket. I hate doing it. Partly because of removing wheelchair tires. They are way tighter than any bike tire imaginable. But it would still be a hassle with any tire.

    In my experience, wheel flex sucks. In my opinion, stiffer>lighter in most cases.

    Hope this helps you make a more informed decision.
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    Cool thanks, I figured it would be a PITA. I will probably pass but so many good reviews about them. Maybe a once a year true will make it worth while.

    Quote Originally Posted by miwuksurfer View Post
    What is wrong with regular rims and spokes?
    Regular rims and spokes with a 4.5 rating are hard to come by for $300

    Otherwise I'm getting a Paul and Stan Flow build.

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    I think you will be much happier with the pauls and flows. I think the old 32 hole three cross wheels are hard to beat. If you break a spoke you can get a new one from almost any shop.
    Also, check out velocity rims. They are coming out with more tubeless rims and moving production back to the states.

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    I second the velocity rims, I have a set of the p35s in red and they are huge and look awesome. I dont run them tubeless but It sounds like they work very well with the velocity kit.
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    you like steel frames over something like a CAAD5?
    that's about the "flex" you feel from spinergy wheels.
    I never felt any myself, I just felt like my bike was cushier and didn't know why.
    ran mien with 40mm tire in a steamroller and never got any rub so laterally it didn't seem they flexed at all.
    I like them! reminds me I need to refurb mine, put them away wet last year...
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    Yeah it's just so hard to pass up when they have 9 reviews at 4.89 for a $300 used set. I'm so torn.

    No tubeless from what they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Truing is a total PIA because you have to remove the tire, tube, and rim strip and adjust the nipples with a 1/4in socket. I hate doing it. Partly because of removing wheelchair tires. They are way tighter than any bike tire imaginable. But it would still be a hassle with any tire..
    i hear ya, i used to work on high end titanium wheelchairs too with spinergy wheels. i do have a collection of spoke tools for them fiber spokes. truing a wheel with less spokes (24) needs special attention, they can feel the slightest wobble, i mean hair slight. it sure looks nice though.
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    for that price you could try em out and resell em if you dont like em.
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    So, I'm guessing spynergy has improved their safety standards...

    Spinergy Accidents - spinergy wheels

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    It is hard to compete with cost/weight ratio of stans, if you are looking for something different than stans then I say I9. I had looked at the spynergy wheels for a build I did a while back. I really liked the colors available, but at the end of the day I felt they would be too hard to service.

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    Yeah if i build a set, I think Paul, white, and Stan will be my limit. Maybe a hope rear.

    Quote Originally Posted by miwuksurfer View Post
    So, I'm guessing spynergy has improved their safety standards...

    Spinergy Accidents - spinergy wheels
    I bet those are all composite accidents...with 4 spokes none the less. From the ones I read they were. You deserve to crash if you think a 4 spoke wheel will hold up at northstar. Or on any dirt for that matter.

    I won't even consider riding a CF frame. Maybe CF bars or brake levers lol.

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