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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:55 pm 
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I picked up a pair of these a while ago, just wondered if anyone knows what year they came out in and how long they were around for? Haven't found anything on the web yet.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:24 am 
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You haven't found anything on the web? :shock:

As far as I know they came out between about 1994 - 1996. They were around for a couple of years but they didn't really offer any advantage over "normal" wheels so they kind of died out, especially when disc brakes started to become more and more popular.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:39 pm 
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found anything yet.... :)

I'm sure there is loads of information both right and wrong, but there's nothing like a specialist forum to get a more reliable answer...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:33 pm 
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The MTB tri-spokes weren't carbon.. They're a CRP (carbon reinforced plastic) mix which was developed by a 3rd party company and then made into wheels.
Somewhere I have an advert from the company promoting their CRP tech, including the Spins.

They were advertised as being unkillable, so of course people with too much money tried and succeeded in breaking them, so that reputation didn't work.

They were also hugely expensive, at the top end of the market, but not as fast or light as comparatively priced wheels. They actually aren't THAT heavy, but were overweight for the cost. If they were really carbon fibre they would have been lighter.

The company I think was based in Czech Republic or Poland, and closed down around 2001.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:01 pm 
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i do have to say though they look amazin on most bikes and i will own a pair again after my last set were stolen


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:10 pm 
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Location: A wretched hive of scum and villainy...
Still going (fairly) strong in the wheelchair world as X-core: US made, not Czech.
http://www.cewheelsinc.com/xcore_wheels.html

There were two versions in wheelchairs at least:
One was entirely black, fibre reinforced spin moulded (nylon or polyprop?),
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The other allegedly had carbon fibres in the mix to be lighter and stronger. Definitely a harder, more rigid resin-based material. These had a silvery grey colour to the black plastic, with visible fibres:
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They did used to fold up sideways quite badly about 1/3 of the way out from the hub, but the new ones have an internal web to prevent this, making them "300% stronger":
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As for bike versions...they do seem to still make the 20" BMX/recumbent wheel, and there is a holding page on their site about bike wheels 'coming soon', but it's been there for years :(

Wheelchair ones cost about $425/pr + tax and shipping in the US if you shop around.
DaVinvi Mobility in the UK sell them at £552/pr inc VAT.
The 26" 3-spoke is MTB 559mm size, and if you don't mind plugging the 6 pushrim mounting holes, the hubs are 100% interchangeable with the bike ones, so if you've got a dead SPIN somewhere...just undo the lockring and push it out of the splines:
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All the best,


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:46 pm 
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I seem to remember being at Bike '95 and my friend buying a half-price pair for £350. Beautiful things in the flesh, though, especially back when carbon & composite components were far from common.


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