Superstar Sentinel Wheels
My local bike mechanic says he won’t bother with expensive bearings, grab a stack of cheapish sealed bearings for almost same price and off you go, in his opinion the expensive ones dont last long enough to justify the cost difference and changing them out is no biggie. he is an ex XC and DH racer and been servicing biked for 20 yrs???Posted 4 years agoandyrmMember
My Tesla/Sentinel wheelset is going strong after 200+ miles of hard AM use. Spokes are going to need a bit of retensioning soon though, but I’d expect that with any wheelset.
Have heard a few things about freehubs, but nobody’s had an aftercare issue with either a replacement or refund. I’d suggest this is probably a few vocal people online – the telling statistic is of course number of failures versus number sold. And we all know loads of Hope hubs have failed, but there isn’t the same STW condemnation of Hope as a brand. Look anywhere else on the net and it’s all positive re: Superstar, so I wouldn’t give too much credence to what you read on here.
🙂Posted 4 years agoTurnerGuyMember
but I’d expect that with any wheelset.
stop buying cheap wheelsets then…
they shouldn’t need retensioning, sign of a poor build.
Several complaints of telsa hub failures on other threads, so combined with the hit and miss nature of their build quality I would think more about it and whether it is worth the initial saving.
Spokesman wheel on ebay does good price wheels, although no experience of them. He is cheaper on his web site. Uses Novatec hubs which I think are reasonably decent – strada and others use them.
Otherwise there are often good hope hoop deals around, or buy 2nd hand.Posted 4 years agoandyrmMember
To be honest, I’ve had similar with everyone’s favourite Hope/Stan’s combo as well, just needing a little bit of retightening. But of course because Hope are from Yorkshire, nobody ever says anything about any of the problems with their products! One of my mates is a brilliant wheelbuilder so can get them good and tight again – my feeling is that it’s probably the difference between a machine built wheel over a hand built one that’s then manually destressed, but it’s easily rectified for next to no money so doesn’t even register as anything more than a maintenance cost like brake pads.
As Northwind says, even if you factor in say £30 to get a nice manual retension, you’re looking at bloody good value. My previous SS wheels (Switch on Alex Supra 30) were still in fantastic condition after a season of UK & European racing.
I’d say go for them.
🙂Posted 4 years ago
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