Looks like Charles likes the Rev X's. Actually i did too. They were definitely fast wheels (a bit flexy but still within reason). I certainly am not saying they would just fall apart while JRA.
Now, they did fail in 2 different ways than other wheels:
1. when they fail, whether due to crash or other reasons, the fibers will break, which would cause the front hub to fall to the ground and this could cause serious injuries. Wheels with metal spokes are less likely to do this.
2. the spokes tend not to resist local impact very well. I had a set which were transported in a car and the cassette damaged two of the spokes quite easily which basically was the end of Rev X for me.
So much for the Spinergies. WRT the Madfibers, are the spokes just narrow carbon ribbons that woud not withstand rattling from a cassette?
I think using the words "prone to" is as off base as "catastrophic".
That spinergy's could fail doesnt meant those things came apart easily or frequently and when they did break, it wasnt typically "catastrophic". The ones that had an issue virtually always showed a rack and made noise... You looked and found the problem and replaced em. Almost all of the issues they took care of were like that and it wasnt any sort of large percentage of the wheels...
The only version that had any sort of an issue was fixed early on (they had a clip that held the spokes apart and people rode em after the clips broke). The several editions after that were fine. In fact the UCI (sponsored by a bit wheel company) had to create a special test to get them to fail in a bad way. When they tested them like normal wheels they were stronger than virtually anything else on the market at the time when it came to smashing in to things head on.
There are a couple of pics around that show whole sections broken from crash damage... But trying to imply that it was the nrom for the wheel or that it was a JRA incident is bullsh!t... The wheels are made in large carbon sections, so the broken ones make for dramatic pics. overall, the thing that killed that wheel was another large wheel company paying the uci to screw spinergy...
Fast falcons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3mTPEuFcWk
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