Why Riders Wish They'd Found ROL Road Bike Wheels Sooner - ROL Wheels

Why Riders Wish They’d Found ROL Road Bike Wheels Sooner

Mavic, Easton, Fulcrum, Bontrager, Rolf, Campagnolo, Williams, Reynolds and Zipp All Have Lower Rated Wheels Compared to ROL

Upgrading a Wheelset?
Outside of professional riders, a wheel upgrade is something that happens only a few times in the life of a bike rider. It’s common to place so much scrutiny into the decision and over analyze the endless sea of opinions and half-baked scientific research on blog posts and forums.

If you’re like most riders a few common names have popped up in the mix. Those wheel manufacturers are Mavic, Easton, Fulcrum, Bontrager, Rolf, Campagnolo, Williams, Reynolds and Zipp. The list goes on and on. Time and time again we have found our customers are satisfied with our product over some of the major wheel makers on the market today.

At ROL our wheels don’t come off a factory line. Our wheelsets are hand built here in our Denver office. Often what gets overlooked in the sea of wheel opinions is the build quality. All the best wheel components in the world can’t make up for a good wheel build. Our Race SL, Race SLR, D’Huez and Volant are the top rated wheels on RoadBikeReview.com. We have achieved that by creating wheels that have excellent build quality, and backed up our product with outstanding customer service. Just take a look below at what our customers say about wheels relative to the competition.

ROLF, BONTRAGER vs. ROL RACE SL
After 3 years, the ROL Race SL's have certainly lived up to their reputation! My old TREK 5200 with the 8-year old Rolf Vector Wheels got wrecked, and so I replaced it with a Trek Madone 5.2. However, the Madone came with some VERY mediocre Bontrager wheels. After researching, and talking with Sean (at ROL) I went with the ROL SL's. Compared to any other wheels I've had, the ROLs corner, handle, accelerate and stop BETTER. They're also much less expensive than the big "name brand" wheelsets. In the 3+ years I've owned these, I ridden roads, tracks, & hardpack trails. I can't say enough good things about them! I'm VERY PLEASED with my ROL wheels! I would buy them again in a second!

MAVIC, FULCRUM vs. ROL RACE SL
Swapping out from the Ksyrium SLs they seemed just as stiff, faster engagement, and seemed to hold their speed better while I was at or above 20mph. On a normal 1hr loop, after 4-5 rides, I was able to average .9mph faster speed than on the Mavics. The Mavics were a 1.1mph average better than the Fulcrums. I was quite happy with those improvements!

MAVIC vs. ROL RACE SL
After reading the reviews on these wheels, i decided to give the Race SL a try. At this price, it was worth a shot anyway. Well, i must say i was blown away by the difference that made [from my Mavic Ksyrium Elite] on the first ride. Really cool set of wheels, feels like riding an aero bike. I only wished I had switched sooner. I will not ride anything else from now on. The wider rim adds stability, feels like being on rail. Any casual rider thinking about upgrading their Ksyrium should ditch Mavic and try these. The durability test will come with time, but judging from other users, that won't be an issue.

MAVIC vs. ROL RACE SL
Happened upon these wheels while researching road bike wheels. I googled "best road bike wheels" and Rol was the first link on the page. I was going to upgrade my Ksyrium Elites to a set of Ksyrium SLs. After reading the great reviews on the Rols I decided to take a chance and get them, man am I glad I did. My riding buddy has a new set of Ksyrium SLs and he used to out coast me on all of the downhills. Since switching over to the Rols I am now out coasting him. These wheels are so much stiffer and smoother than my Elites and there is a noticeable difference on the climbs. I am truly impressed with these wheels, plus they are 400 buck cheaper than the SLs that I was going to buy.

MAVIC vs. ROL RACE SL
I replaced a recently purchased set of Mavic Ksyrium Elites due to issues with the front wheel not staying true, I have been through 2 sets in the last two months with the same issue, I am 185lbs. and had a set of Ksyrium Elites go 27K w/o being touched so I was seriously disappointed with the build quality of the new Ksyrium wheels. The Race Sl's have a 210lb weight limit. Build quality of these wheels is 1st rate and I look forward to putting many miles on this wheel set. If your looking for great quality wheels at a great price and a company with a great reputation for customer service Rol is worth checking out.

MAVIC vs. ROL RACE SL
I bought these wheels with the DT Swiss 240 upgrade. I must say they are a great wheel. I was running Mavics before and the price of the Mavic wheels was outrageous for the same quality I am getting out of the RoL Wheelset. I am not sure how the standard hub set is but I am sure it is as good quality as the wheel build up. They climb nice and roll fast on flats.

ZIPP vs. ROL RACE SL
I can descend with or even faster than other riders on Zipp 303's or 404's, even considering my fairly entry-level CAAD8. The wheels are very secure when sprinting out of turns in Crits or cranking up a hill in your lowest gear. As this is my first season racing, I've cheaped out on a lot of gear, but decided it was worth dropping some cash on wheels since this is one of the few upgrades that actually can "make" you faster. I'm extremely happy with these and don't think I could have gotten anything even close to this performance level for under $1500. ROL seems to deliver high-quality without the sticker markup of the big brands. I would recommend to anyone.

ZIPP vs. ROL RACE SL
I've also ridden Zipp 101s and Zipp 303s, and I feel like the race SL's perform all around better in than the 101s. These wheels may not be quite as fast on flat ground or in sprints as the 303s, but there wasn't a huge difference i noticed, and the Race SL's felt much quicker up hills. But with any Zipps (even 101s) you'll end up paying a lot more than for these wheels. ROL's customer service is probably the best hands down of any company or business I've ever dealt with. If you have any questions or concerns, Sean, the owner, will call you back personally to talk to you about it, and do whatever necessary to resolve any issue. They even gave me a free pair of socks.

MAVIC vs. ROL RACE SL
I bought the race sl looking for a lighter wheelset.I will make this quick and easy. These wheels are fantastic! I ride on rough county roads and these wheels are as true as the day I bought them. When I ride on smooth concrete, these babys flat out fly! When I bought my new bike, my buddies all said the Mavics would be a better wheel. I road the Mavics 1 ride. The race sl's have been on my bike ever since. No contest. If you are the trendy, wanna be like Lance, name brand guy, these wheels are not for you. If you are a serious rider looking for value, performance and durability, then buy these wheels NOW!

MAVIC, EASTON, BONTRAGER vs. ROL RACE SL
These wheels live up to the hype. I have used Bontrager Race, Mavic Ksyrium SL, and Easton EA90 SL's. I love my Easton's but was looking for something to give me that little, extra advantage. I had read all of the great reviews about these wheels and was a bit skeptical. However, I decided to try a set out. After a week of riding them, I can sum up my experience in one word-WOW! They roll effortlessly. They eat the wind. They climb well. They handle nicely. Twenty mph feels slow on them and I have added about 1 mph to my average speed.

MAVIC vs. ROL VOLANT
To anyone thinking about buying these wheels, I would say "do it". They really are great wheels and an outstanding value. I've owned wheels that list for twice the price from the big French "M" maker, and they weren't nearly as good as the ROLs. First of all, M's weights aren't quoted accurately. ROL's are. Second, the ROLs spin forever. And ever. They're still spinning. And they seem pretty tough. I've "encountered" some pretty good potholes, and no sign of damage or coming out of true. Buy these before they figure out that they're selling a $1000 wheel for $600 and raise the price.

BONTRAGER vs. ROL VOLANT
I love the stiffness of these wheels, I felt instance difference to the stock Bontrager Race Lites on my bike. Great for training and no problem with racing them. I have popped a spoke after 4 months. At 18 months, a spoke has torn through the rim within warranty. I could be a little heavy for this set at 192 lbs. ROL was great for rebuilding the wheel for me. They even include free socks.

MAVIC vs. ROL VOLANT
Great wheels! I actually traded a well used Ksyrium SL SSC set for these (almost new) in order to have a wheelset that can be easily repaired/maintained. These are almost as light and stiff but actually roll much better than the Ksyriums. These are definitely stiff and only about 100 grams heavier than the Ksyriums but actually feel better on climbs and descents. Rol makes a very impressive "entry level" wheel. These are all aournd the best wheels I've ridden yet.

BONTRAGER vs. ROL VOLANT
Shawn let me use a demo wheel until he had inventory. I have done one ride on the Volants, but they are really smooth and much faster rolling than the Bontrager Race wheels that came with my bike. Shawn has the best customer service and really helped me out with a loaner Volant wheel when my Bontrager cracked right before the start of a week long ride.

MAVIC vs. ROL VOLANT
I bought these 5 or 6 weeks ago as an upgrade to the Mavic Kysrium Equipes that came on my specialized roubaix comp. I have started getting further out of the city doing bigger climbs out of the saddle, and the Mavics just felt like mush when standing. You could feel them flexing. These are much stronger, no flex at all, and they also feel like they spin faster. Could be me, but I feel like I'm going a couple mph faster always, and maybe also accelerating a bit faster as well. I wasn't sure how much of an upgrade these $379 wheels would be to a $350 set of Mavics, but it's significant -- it feels like a new bike, a faster bike. Also kudos to the company who agreed to ship to me 2-day delivery for an extra $20 bucks so that I could take advantage of some great weekend weather a while back. They included some tires, and they turned out to be conti 4000's which I think retail for about 60 bucks a piece. Great deal, great wheels.

ROLF vs. ROL VOLANT
I recently used my friends ROL SL-28 wheels and noticed an immediate difference from my Rolf Vector Wheels. They were lighter, more stiff, and great response. However, ROL decided to upgrade their design to the new "VOLANT."

MAVIC, REYNOLDS vs. ROL D’HUEZ
Picked up my set of D'Huez in October of 2012. These were the first of the wider version rims. Bought them mainly for hill climbs, but they never came off once they were on. Replaced a set of Mavic Ksyrium Equipe. Immediately noticed a big improvement in ride quality and handling. Since buying these wheels, I have tried some other wheels that friends have let me try out, which include Mavic Carbon Cosmic and Dura Ace C-24 and Reynolds 50mm rims laced to White Industries hubs and Sapim Cxrays. All these wheels had strong points, but I like the Rol's the most

ZIPP vs. ROL D’HUEZ
Since my local bicycle shop suggested Zipp 202 as a replacement wheelset at a price tag of about $2,700 and the Rol D-Huez wheelset goes for $725 now, my on-line research has really paid off. In fact, when my bicycle shop mechanic put the new wheels on, he was very impressed with their quality and amazed by their lightness.

MAVIC vs. ROL D’HUEZ
They are noticeably faster than my 2004 Mavic Ksyrium SSLs. They spin forever. If you give the front wheel a light nudge, it will spin for 2 or 3 minutes. The hubs proved themselves to me on my second ride. There are three rollers near my home, and I've never been able to coast over all of them, no matter how fast I start. First time with my D'Huez wheels I started at a moderate speed and easily crested the third roller. This month I've finally started climbing - a lot - and they absolutely shine. No maintenance issues so far, and as true as when they came out of the box. I would be hard pressed to find wheels at $1500+ that would match the performance of the D'Huez.

EASTON vs. ROL D’HUEZ
Great Wheels and incredible customer service. I had a pair of Easton EA90 SLX's before and these are noticeably faster climbing. Also, when I had a few questions about the wheel set, Sean (the CEO) contacted me personally unlike the lack of response I get from Easton. A fan for life.

CAMPAGNOLO, SHIMANO, MAVIC vs. ROL D’HUEZ
The wheels are very light. Compared to wheelsets from Mavic, Campagnolo and Shimano these wheels are going up against some very stiff competition. I've found the wheels ride very very well. Acceleration and cornering are two of the noticeable features of these wheels. Additionally, the wheels have stayed true despite riding in some very challenging conditions. The bearing and seal design is something that really stands out on these wheels. There is very very little bearing drag, something that most wheel companies suffer from. Dirt penetration from off-road riding on the cross bike is not a problem A fantastic pair of wheels for a really good price.

EASTON, HED, MAVID vs. ROL RACE SLR
I had to write about these wheel. I shopped and looked and researched reviews. I almost got Easton, Mavic, HED, etc. , but finally settled on these wheel. The decision was based on the reviews, the specs, and price. I love the, and with 500+ miles - I have no troubles and can't get over the improvement in my rides. I think any upper end wheel set will improve ypur time and enjoyment, but these are a great for the price and performance!! Get them and you won't regret it.

MAVIC vs. RACE SLR
I had been riding Mavic wheelsets since the late 80's and thought the world of them, however the rims were a bit on the heavy side and the hubs were just OK (MA40s, Open CD, Aksium and Ksyrium SLS).......having read a multitude of reviews on different Manufactures of wheelsets ROL Wheels seemed to be in the forefront in coupling an amazing hub to a light rim. Living in Austin, TX, I called ROL Wheels not expecting to speak to Sean Lambert, owner. Sean explained the subtle differences between the SL and SLR and how I would benefit most using the slightly heavier SLR commensurate to my body weight. Sean invited me to his shop where he again explained the the differences between his wheel products. The customer service was superb to say the least and I purchased the SLRs as he stands behind his products 100%. I have ben riding the wheels for the last four months and been very happy with the build quality of the wheels.

MAVIC vs. ROL RACE SLR
Researched wheels for 3 or 4 months before I settled on the SLR's. Very happy I did! I want great value and not main stream market stuff. I live on the east coast with thousands of "common" cyclist riding Mavics, Mavics, and more Mavics. Poor fella's. If they only knew what they were missing. I have just broke 1000 miles on these wheels. I am 6'2 and hover between 235 and 240 lbs. I have unintentionally beat these to death (hard rider on some rough roads). They have performed flawlessly.

MAVIC vs. RACE SLR
Over a year ago I broke my Mavic Ksyrium SLs and began looking for a new set of wheels. I spent months and months looking for the right wheel set. I found ROL wheels online and began researching. I called the owner and he helped me out with the right set of wheels. I decided to take a chance on ROL wheels and I am glad I did. I will continue to buy ROL wheels. They are the best wheels I have ever owned. I highly recommend ROL wheels.

MAVIC vs. ROL RACE SLR
Bought these in January after a few broken spokes on Mavics and customs. I'm over 200 pounds. These wheels have been fantastic. Strong, fast, comfortable. Accelerate fast, not overly stiff, yet firm and stiff enough to be used for all fast riding. These are great wheels at a fair price. Sean is very honest and will tell you what wheels will do what you want them to do, and then sit back and wait for the great customer service to kick in. No complaints at all. From what i've seen so far, i'll buy my next set of wheeels from Rol, too, if i need a next set, that is.... Thanks for a great product, Sean.

Race SL

$675 - Weight: 1,555g

The Race SL wheelset is a leader in wheel performance and value among today's road bike wheels. With its wide, aero rim and SAPIM CX-Ray spokes, the Race SL wheelset packs more performance and ride quality than many bike wheelsets twice its price.

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Our best-selling alloy clincher wheelset is the Race SL and a favorite with racers and enthusiasts looking for a wheelset with precise handling, ride quality and speed. It's the perfect wheelset for road racing, criteriums and triathlon. It's already one of the best-reviewed bike wheels on the market and for 2014 we made it even better.

We've improved the Race SL wheelset with a new rim profile that is wider and stiffer. At 23mm wide, our new rim design improves tire performance by shortening the tire's sidewalls and producing a wider contact patch.  The 30mm rim profile provides confidence-inspiring turning as well as the stiffness and aerodynamics that seasoned riders demand. 

We lace our innovative rim to our own ROL hubs, designed with years of wheel building experience. The hubs minimize the spoke tension differential on the rear wheel, producing a more evenly tensioned wheel for maximum durability. To complete the package we spec'd the sought after Sapim CX-Ray spokes and lightweight alloy DT SWISS ProLock nipples.

At 1,555 grams, the Race SL wheelset provides a lively ride you'll appreciate when you accelerate out of crit corners, or head out for the county line sprint.

Recommend rider weight limit is 95kg/210lbs.

Volant

$500 - Weight: 1,660g

The VOLANT wheelset is regarded as one of the best wheels in its class. From its wide-stance 23mm rim to its 3-D forged ROL hubset and DT SWISS Competition spokes, there isn't a set of road bike wheelset packing this much technology and ride quality for $500.

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The Volant is a modern classic: hardworking, lively and reliable. It's a wheelset perfect for putting in long training rides on questionable roads and still quick enough for a spirited group lunch ride or a weekend race. The Volant was our first wheel model and this year we upgraded it with a wider rim for better handling, DT's double-butted stainless steel Competition spokes and our own carefully designed hubs.

The Volant is a popular upgrade wheel — at well under 1,700 grams, it's likely significantly svelter than the wheelset that came on your bike, while offering reliable U.S. wheel building and a wide profile rim for better handling.

The Volant features our smart new hubs, designed in-house to minimize spoke tension differential on the rear wheel. That means you get a more evenly tensioned wheel for reliability. Combine that with the industry's most respected lightweight spokes and you'll be spinning trouble free for a long time.

Recommended rider weight limit is 95kg\210lbs.

D’Huez 20/24

$775 - Weight: 1,430g

The D’Huez wheelset combines decades of wheelbuilding experience to bring you one of the lightest, stiffest and sure-footed low-profile alloy clincher wheelsets on the market.

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The D'Huez is a result of our best thinking: at the wheel-building bench, the computer design screen and on long late winter rides. From the hubs' internal parts out to the rim's farthest point, we put everything we had into this wheel, among our most popular new designs.

The D'Huez is named for the legendary Alpine climb that's featured in so many Tour de France battles. Our lively 1,430 gram wheelset lives up to the history and will climb alongside wheels at twice the price.

The D'Huez feature our proprietary new rims and our new lightweight, spoke-friendly hubs. Our wheel builders connect these innovative parts with nothing less than DT Swiss Aerolite spokes, widely considered the lightest, most aerodynamic spokes in cycling.

The wider rim improves tire performance by reducing sidewall flex and widening the contact patch. On these road bike wheels, you'll be more secure in the turns, no matter the speed or the road surface. And if you opt for tubeless tires, with our recommended rim strip and valve, you'll enjoy even more comfort and traction with lower tire pressures, while virtually eliminating flats.

Recommended rider weight limit is 86kg/190lbs.