Thanks for reading, I know there are several ROL / Williams threads and I've read them all and still can't come to a decision!
195-205 lbs rider; I'm a college C rider to start this season and looking for something that will not be a disadvantage in the top of the B field (maybe next year ). Max budget is right around the ROL Race SL; $600. Wheel needs to be an all-arounder as much as possible as it will be used in time trials, road races, crits each weekend and in tri's next summer. I'm strongest at criteriums. Wheels will be used on race weekend only for now; have a pair of fairly solid CXP-22's w. ultegra hubs for training.
I'm obviously looking for the most wheel to be had for $500-$600. I know ROL Race SL and Williams 30x are at the top of any list. I'm not considering any other direct-to-consumer company or brand, but I am interested in hearing what a wheel builder can do for $550 and in references to somebody who knows what they are doing.
At this point, I'm trying to decide between ROL and Williams based on the small differences that might exist in serviceability, customer service, and quality of components (how do things hold up over the long run, what company are the bearings sourced from?).
I've heard incredible stories of Keith Williams' customer service, and generally positive reviews of Sean of ROL. But I do wonder if the reason I don't hear of ROL going through the impressive act of immediately sending new wheels is because they almost never need to because their product is of higher quality.
Williams specifically addresses serviceability on their website, and that is reassuring. The 30x is heavier than the RACE SL, but also has a higher spoke count and higher weight limit. I haven't spoken to ROL and don't know if they would recommend more spokes for me.
Williams and their customers and reviewers make a very big deal out of the hybrid ceramic bearings; how much influence should this have on me over the bearings with the Race SL? Do both of these wheel's bearings make that annoying noise when coasting? That might be enough to convince me! I know some people find the noise cool but I like silence
And of course, the ROLs are $100 more...so in that regard maybe a good question to ask would be, "what makes them 20% better than the 30x?"
Somebody sway me!
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