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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2012
These wheels look good, but are actually very poor:

* When I spun the wheel before putting on the bike, I could feel the bearings grind. Then, when I tried to re-adjust the cones, I found there was no channel in the axle and no lock-washer for proper fine tuning. The cones were stuck and I literally had to re-thread the axle in order to get the bolts and cones off.

* These rims are not sleeved, pinned, or triple walled (unlike the quality rims they're imitating).

* Spoke/nipple holes are just punched/ripped through, not precision ground, leaving ugly shards of metal inside (internal and just cosmetic, but really cheap, ugly and unnecessary).

* Hubs are only painted black, not anodized.

* Spokes are painted black (chips off very easily), not dyed.

* Axles are slightly larger than standard...enough that I had to grind them down to fit in my drop-outs.

CST tires and tubes are the only quality parts on this wheelset.

You want a low priced set of quality deep Vs?...get Origin 8. Yeah, you don't get tires, tubes or cogs but they're way worth the extra effort.

Anyone who gave these a high rating is either someone who just received them and wrote a review before inspecting/using them (a pre-teen mesmerized by the colors?) or someone with low to no standards.
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Howard, thank you for your purchase and your review. We are surprised to hear that you think that the wheels are misrepresented because it states very clearly in the description that these wheels are double-wall. We are very confident in the quality and integrity of our products and we feel that a double wall rim is more than adequate for urban cruising, racing, and even some tricks. The quality of rim and tires that you receive are much higher than any other wheels in a similar price range. The tubes and tires that are included are also from CST and are their High Performance tires, a huge bonus for riders of all levels out there. As far as the color treatment of the hubs, spokes, and rims, they are all powder painted and heat treated to ensure long lasting color and durability. While we respect your assessment of the wheels, we feel strongly that you have misrepresented the quality which we take so much pride in. The bearings on your wheels shouldn't be grinding, so if you feel the product you received is a defect please contact us for replacement. If you have any other concerns or would like to speak to us about how we can improve your experience with Retrospec please contact us directly: support@retrospecusa.com. If you are still unsatisfied, we will be happy to send you a courtesy pair of Retrospec grips to further show our commitment to customer satisfaction.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2012
Color Name: YellowVerified Purchase
I am highly impressed with these wheels for the value. I am currently converting my 21 speed roadie to a fixie, i wasn't sure if these would fit my bike since it is not a Retrospec but sure enough they fit perfect and look sick. i love the flip flop hub, freewheel when you just want to cruise around and have some fun, or switch it over to fixed for more speed and climbing power. They come with high quality CST tubes and tires, i have only had these wheels for a couple days but have already logged over 100 miles on them with no issues so far on some pretty trashy urban roads. I would definitely recommend these wheels to anybody with a fixie or looking to convert to a fixie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
Color Name: GoldVerified Purchase
When the package got here I was a little disappointed about it being late. I was willing to let it slide but as I opened the box i noticed how the tire in the back rim had a rip along the side, as if someone had knifed the tire. I inspected the rest of the wheel and the front tire too and had a large smudge of a weird color. Tried taking it off with some cleaners and was not able to take it off. Please reply and fix this problem. I really wanted these rims on my bike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
Color Name: BlueVerified Purchase
The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I bought them from Amazon Warehouse Deals and they were in like new condition; and according to Amazon's conditions list, like new means " An apparently untouched item in perfect condition." Well the front wheel has a very noticeable bent spoke and one that is just slightly bent. The box they came in was a hot mess mess too. When they say repackaged, they mean it. The whole top of the box was practically surrounded with packing tape. Other than that, they ride well and are both fairly true. I've only ridden on them for a few miles so we'll see how it goes from here. I run them single speed so I do use brakes and my brakes haven't left any noticeable marks and the paint has stayed on haha.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2013
Color Name: RedVerified Purchase
these are great wheels very sturdy and they look awsome.they are great for their price.these have gotten me a lot of attention.overall awsome
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2012
Color Name: Lime GreenVerified Purchase
The wheels look really nice but the rear was a mess. Loose spokes,out of true.the box it was shipped in was in perfect condition so they cant blame it on shipper.I guess you get what you pay for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2013
Color Name: RedVerified Purchase
These wheels are pretty nice, especially when you consider the price.

The package they came in was completely destroyed, but (miraculously) the wheels were fine! Perfectly true right out of the box, but the cones were a but too tight... Nothing that can't be fixed with 30 seconds of wrenching.

The reason that I rate these 4 stars is because the fixed-gear cog is VERY difficult to remove. I wanted to swap out the 16t cog for a 18t because I live in a very hilly city. The lockring comes off no problem, but the cog seems to be epoxy-Ed on. Not loktite, EPOXY! After trying and failing with my chainwhip (even using a cheater-bar), I tried using the reverse Rotafix method... It took two people, even doing that!

Other than that, I love these wheels! Paint is great (the black spokes make te color really POP), bearings are smooth, and (mine, at least) came true, despite the package being shredded. I'd buy them again, and would recommend them to a friend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
This is a really nice looking wheelset, but I wasn't able to use it with my Surly Steamroller. I'm docking it two stars for the following reasons:

- The description didn't state that the freewheel and fixed gear cogs only work with 1/8" chains. Mine is 3/32", even though the freewheel that I have accommodates both 3/32" and 1/8" chains. On the Retrospec product page for the colored versions of these wheels (Retrospec Bicycles Super Deep-V Wheels with CST Tires (700C x 23)) it says that these wheels are "Designed to work with Retrospec and other bikes", so I'm disappointed that it didn't work.

- The freewheel isn't removable unless you open up the casing, effectively destroying it and disabling its re-use. I asked a few bike shops and none of them had a tool to remove it without destroying it. Park Tool confirms this on their freewheel removal site: [...] . See my picture of the freewheel for a closer look.

If you have a 1/8" chain and are OK with a 16t freewheel (or removing it without reuse), then this is a pretty neat wheelset.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
Color Name: Lime GreenVerified Purchase
i purchased these wheels a few months ago for my fixie simply cause i needed something a little more sturdy. they werent exactly what i was expecting but once i got them on and rode a few miles i fell in love. they are perfect wheels for riding in the city with a durable rim to match. perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2013
Color Name: ChromeVerified Purchase
when i look at the price and the brand, this is totally the thing for my Old motobecane Bike. it's shiny and strong too, it came with 16T cog and freewheel (flip-flop) and came with inner tube and tire. what else can i ask other than that? worth every penny
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