a Weekend Warrior
from new jersey
Date Reviewed: November 10, 2009
Strengths: look good, thermoplastic
Weaknesses: out of business, rear is ovalized and cannot be fixed, ceramic rims' stopping power is terrible compared to other ceramic rims. flex ALOT on turns as they hit the brakes hard under cornering.
great looking rim. bought new when they first came out.price sucked at the time but good lucks usually has a high price. don't trust on trails any more
from what i remember, many mba mags had advertisements with spins setup with disc brakes. pretty sure they came out just have yet to see them.
for those looking for a repair on these, good luck, probably a lost cause since they went under.
Similar Products Used: mavic (terrible), ac, chris king, xtr, etc.
Bike Setup: thermo lts and pretty much all carbon/thermo parts. bike was converted for road use
a Cross Country Rider
from Branchville, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2008
Strengths: Strong wheels. No truing. Very Low rolling resistance, these wheels are fast.
Weaknesses: Noisy, a bit heavier than other wheels and the company is out of business now.
I have weighed between 200 and 240 lbs the 10 years I have had these wheels. When I bought them in '98 I was breaking spokes and having to true wheels. I picked these bad boys up and I have loved them. They move very freely. If you free spin them it will spin a good while longer than any wheel I have ever seen. Other than their weight, their only real downfall is the noise they create when bouncing over rocks. But if you can live with that then they'll be good to you. Last year(2007) I must have bent the rear rim because I have a wicked vibration on the road with them now. I think its finally time to get a new set of wheels and go to disc brakes. With ten years of no rim and spoke maintenance I think they've paid themselves off. If you happen to find a good set of these I highly recommend picking them up.
Bike Setup: 1996 MT Fuji LTD-SX hard tail, Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Fork (105mm)
a Cross Country Rider
from N.Y. N.Y.
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2007
Strengths: Look Amazing!!
Weaknesses: I'm scared to use them on the trails ,since they went outta business.Purchased a pair from the store a couple years back for $500 for my proflex,sold them with the bike.Now i got a pair on my gary fisher,when i go to the trails i switch to my spokes.
Now a days...JUST FOR LOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Throw on the spokes for the trails!
Strengths: I love my spins i set them up in track fashion and have stressed the fu-- out of them every weekday for the last 3 years except for vacation i have rearended over 20 vheicles (at over 15 mph) and and neither are untrue i change the cartridge every 3 months to maintain them the only problem i have with spin going out of bussiness is i can buy them direct. So if you complain about your spins how about you use your brain and put spokes on your full-suspension for down hill. You might as well wear a presidential rolex and mink for scavenger hunts and mud wrestling
I love my spins i set them up in track fashion and have stressed the fu-- out of them every weekday for the last 3 years except for vacation i have rearended over 20 vheicles (at over 15 mph) and and neither are untrue i change the cartridge every 3 months to maintain them the only problem i have with spin going out of bussiness is i can buy them direct. So if you complain about your spins how about you use your brain and put spokes on your full-suspension for down hill. You might as well wear a presidential rolex and mink for scavenger hunts and mud wrestling
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003
Strengths: Tuffness, no maintenance
Weaknesses: If you are a weight geek, they may be a little heavy...
Spins are strong provided you keep up the air pressure up between 45 and 50 PSI. They may be a little heavy, but they are bomber tuff. -If you don't like trueing once a month, Spins are for you, just don't forget the air pressure, check it before every ride! They've served me well Since 98, and I've always hit downhills hard, and wiegh in at around 185. -If you can find Spins on ebay, go for it!
Bike Setup: 95 Fisher Mt Tam, syncros(OG)cranks, Marzocchi Bomber, Spins, XTR..
from Conway, Ar, 72034
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2002
Strengths: cool design
Weaknesses: Strength, strength, strength. Unbelievable. My rear wheel cracked way too fast. I only weigh 150lbs! It broke while on a full supension setup. I wasn't too worried about it at first because of all the warranty info I'd read. Well, forget that...spin is horrible...no longer a company for a good reason. These people are terrible. I feel so bad for buying these and letting that company make money off of me. It's a shame spin ever got its foot in the mountainbiking door! My front wheel is still true and rolls absolutely perfect. I hate having it on my bike, but it looks cool, rolls perfect, and cost me quite a bit. The moral of the story...don't waste your time with any spin rims. Leave spin rims to wheelchair-bound people like Samson Simpson on Half-Baked.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2001
Strengths: Strong as strong could be.
Weaknesses: heavy around the outside of the rim where you do not need it.
I bought these as a second wheelset I would never have to worry about and that is what they have been for 3 years now. I would drop stuff, ride hard, just trash them and they are still as true as the day I bought them. The extra weight did slow down my bike on climbes but it made up for it on the way back down. They are so fast downhill it is amazing. I just got a new bike with hydrolic brakes so I could not use them anymore. I was pissed but then my roomate wanted to use them so the Spins live on. 5 big Chilis for a product that does what it said it would for years and years.
a Weekend Warrior
from Denver Co
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2001
Strengths: Look and that is about it!!
Weaknesses: Weight and Company
I have had a pair a Spin wheels for less than a year and they have finally had it. I have a full suspension bike and the rear wheel is making a kinds of noises. I ride hard and expect alot from the products and COMPANIES that I buy from. I recently found out that spin is now out of business, so much for the warrenty on the wheels. other then the fact that I have had them less then a year and they are already showing signs of stress, I have been satisfied with the purchase. I would recommend not buying these products because you now have no warrenty since the company has went south.
a Weekend Warrior
from Columbus OH
Date Reviewed: March 20, 2001
Strengths: Look cool
Weaknesses: WEAK!!...can't handled a small crash....
I am looking on mtbr for a replacement rear 26" ceramic brake surface wheel....am I crazy......I broke a spoke in half on a mild wipeout.....slammed the bike down off a jump sideways (clipped in)....and WHAP...there she went...my bud has broken two in a similar fashion....am I crazy to look for a replacement????....I seem to think a nice spoke would have taken the hit with less damage $$ wise...any thoughts onthis....don't forget Spin is no longer.....
a Cross Country Rider
from New Jersey
Date Reviewed: September 5, 2000
Strengths: I'll let ya know whenever I find one!!!
Weaknesses: Where to begin, aside from the weight which I was aware of when I bought them they are very unreliable. The front wheel after 2 years of moderate use gives about 1/8 of an inch making control very hard. The rear wheel is just as bad, I have had the bearings and hubs serviced many times and my mechanic, who is a wizard with wheels, says that they can never be completely stable. These things suck ass!! I do however ride on road alot in which case they are ideal.
Bike Setup: Jamis Dakar, XTR, Magura, Sids, and other goodies.
a Cross Country Rider
from Fairfax VA
Date Reviewed: August 14, 2000
Strengths: Cool looking.
Weaknesses: Very Expensive. Company.
I had to write about these rims. When I first bought them I knew they were over weight. A fact I was willing over look because these rims were supposed to be indestructible and they looked cool. I rode them for a year and then noticed a small line running horizontally on one of the arms. I called up Spin and they told me to send it in they would take a look at it. So I did….This is where the story gets bad. After a week I called the up and asked them what they thought. They said the rim would have to be replaced because it wasn’t structurally sound any more. I told them that had been my impression as well. I said “Thank you” and asked them how soon they could get me a new rim. They told me it would take about a week. I said great and was about to hang up when they asked me “How would you like to pay for that?”…..Now wait a second these things were supposed to be under warranty against defects…..”Pay for that?” I said. I was then told that when one of the employees has “cut into my rim” it had been found that it had undergone abnormal stresses and because of that it was not under warranty. Basically it was their way of saying it had been deliberately broken. Which it had not. After several minutes of arguing I told them to send the rim back to me and I would simply ride with it the way it was. They told me they were not sure they could send it back to me in the condition it was in. After more minutes of arguing I told them I would have to call back after I calmed down. After I hung up and sat there thinking about it something registered to me. They had said that they had “Cut” into my rim……They had destroyed it with out contacting me to see if it was okay. To make a long story short I called them up and yelled at them for destroying my rim. After an hour of arguing about who was responsible it was agreed that I would pay 40 dollars for a new rim. I did this because I was tired of arguing and simply wanted to get it over with. I will never…NEVER use or buy products from the company again. It is the worst run company I can think of. It’s a joke and the product they sell isn’t even all that great. When you buy this product all you are getting for your many hundreds of dollars is a cool looking rim. That’s it. Seriously. Stay away from this product like a plague.
Weaknesses: The wheel developed a crack. The TRUE weakness is the company itself. Please read the following pasted email that I sent to Spin after I discovered the crack. If anyone knows how to get in touch with Spin (Innovations In Composites) please email me and let me know. If someone from Spin reads this (I know they wont because they dont give a crap about customers) I am BEGGING you to get in touch. It is kind of long, PLEASE READ.Attn: Manager of Customer Service:
It is with great concern that I type this e-mail. I have had the unfortunate luck to find a crack in one of my spin mountain bike wheels. I was very surprised to find the crack in the wheel because I have heard nothing but praise for the wheel quality and durability. Before I made the substantial monetary investment in your product, I did some research and was satisfied that it was a quality product backed by a quality organization. Prior to my purchase, I was lead to believe that the quality of your product justified the cost.
I was very surprised to find the crack because I do not consider myself to be a very aggressive rider and do not believe that I have been in any way abusive to your product. Due to my non-aggressive riding style coupled with the fact that my bicycle has both front and rear suspension, I would not imagine that the wheel was subjected to any unusual stress or abuse. I have the bicycle professionally serviced at least twice a season and am very aware of routine maintenance such as proper tire inflation requirements.
Upon discovering the crack, I called the bicycle shop where the wheel was purchased and was told to bring the wheel back to the shop and they would request a "Return Authorization Number" from your organization. I was told that upon receipt, someone would examine the wheel to determine if it was a defect in the product or rider abuse or provide some sort of disposition.
I can understand the importance of this process and realize it is necessary to protect the interest of your company. I understand that this is a necessary process as it provides a structured way to receive, categorize, and process returns. I am assuming that in addition to this, your organization utilizes this valuable feedback from the user community for research and development in the hopes of providing a better quality product in the future. This assumption is based on the fact that your organization subscribes to the theory that a quality product = customer satisfaction = return customers = customer referrals = increased revenue = good business.
A representative from my local shop called your main telephone number and left a message. His call was returned and he was told by someone in your organization that no RA# would be issued due to the "retooling" currently taking place at your company. He was then told that we could send in the wheel anyway but no action would be taken for at least three months.
When I was informed of this communication, I was very disappointed with the level of customer service from a supposedly reputable company.
So great was my disappointment that I felt compelled to speak with someone in your organization about my situation and to inquire about the 'retooling'. I never imagined that a company like Spin would ignore a customer. I made my first call to 760-727-7177 on April 12. I listened to the automated message and pressed three to speak with a customer service representative. The next message I heard was that all of your representatives were currently busy helping other customers and to please leave a message that my call would be returned promptly. I know that this is a standard practice for some businesses so I left a message that I had a question relating to my wheels and would appreciate a call back to discuss the issue. I left two contact numbers (both equipped with an answering service) and waited for my prompt call back.
I did not receive a prompt response that day, nor did I receive a call the following day. I was amazed that my call was not returned and figured that maybe there was a problem with your phone service or maybe my message was accidentally erased, I know that these things happen from time to time.
I made my second call on Friday April 14. Again, I left a message because all of your representatives were apparently busy helping other customers (per the recording). I stated that I had an issue to discuss and would appreciate a call back. I left two contact numbers. Again, I waited for a prompt (per the recording) call back.
On Monday April 17, I placed my third call. Same call, same message, same disgust with the fact that I cannot speak with a real person about my issue.
Just for fun I called again on Tuesday, April 18 and was surprised to hear that your menu options have changed. I happily listen to the message that informs me there will be no customer service support for the entire "retooling" process. Your organization is "retooling " because you cannot meet customer demand for Spin wheels. Good for you, how about taking care of the customers that have already supported your product. How about having the professionalism and courtesy to return a phone call. I notice that I can still purchase your product in the internet and at distributors. I bet that your Accounts Receivable department is not off for "retooling".
At this point I am not concerned with whatever disposition you may or may not perform on my wheel. I do not care if your organization has any concept of Customer Service. I have wasted almost enough of my life with this already. I will however, be taking the time to mail a copy of this note to the Customer Service Manager of your organization because I am not sure anyone on your end is checking e-mail. It is very obvious that no one checks voicemail... or is that why the message changed?
If I do not receive a response I will proceed with further communication with other members of your management team as I believe they should be aware of the complete and total lack of professionalism that obviously exists in your Customer Service Department. I would like to ask them if this is the way they want all of your customers to be treated.
I look forward to hearing from someone in the near future. Have a nice day.
Spin Wheels (Innovations In Composites) is a POOR example of anything even close to being a stand up company.
Bike Setup: Trek Y5 - minor goodies - ONE Spin wheel
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2000
Strengths: good looking bearings last a while
Weaknesses: durability strength company
these wheels are a very big disapointment. the front wheel, which was less then 1 year old, cracked clean through on one of the blades. i sent it back for warranty through my lbs, and spin sent the wheel back, unrepaired because they said they hadn't found anything wrong with them! i sent it back again and called them up. they said they'd replace it, but i'd have to pay for a new rim, because they couldn't take it of the old wheel without destroying it. whatever. they also said spins are meant for hard trail riding. no downhill, no off camber turns. no chatter. what the hell is that? are these wheels for flash or performance? obviously flash. have funing riding them up and down your street.
Similar Products Used: 221 on real mammoth on hugi
Bike Setup: schwinn s-20
a Weekend Warrior
from Ryan, Iowa
Date Reviewed: March 13, 2000
Strengths: durability looks company service
Weaknesses: none so far
this is a great product and works well and has lasted me over 2 yrs and I don't treat my toys with much respect I like to get my money out of what I own so they have been punished. still true rims. I say the rims are not all star rims I don't say they are the best rims in the nation I say the rims are ALL WORLD!!!
Ive almost got my dh bike dialed. I have one last issue I'm trying to figure out.
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