Rolf Prima Aspin SL road wheelset review£550.00

Swift performance on all terrain

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Rolf burst onto the scene in the 1990s offering wheels with distinctive paired spokes, and they still do. Using conventional round spokes, the Aspins have 20 radially paired spokes at the front, and a larger flange hub at the rear, with minimally dished crossed spokes paired at the rim.

Oversized alloy axles and sealed cartridge bearings reduce weight and aid reliability. Rolf believe that two opposing spokes under greater tension and paired in this way are more effective than equally spaced spokes, and allow for more unsupported rim. Also, that the increased tension will keep a rim true for longer.

The Aspins offer a firmer ride than expected, but eagerly pick up speed when pushed and sustain it well, the 22mm deep semi aero rims exhibiting some lateral flex. They aren’t as racy as some, but offer swift performance on all terrain. They were tight when it came to fitting and removing tyres.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 43
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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