Specialized Sworks Wheelset

4.5/5 (18 Reviews)


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Specialized Sworks


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HG GH a Cross Country Rider from Idaho Falls, ID

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2002

Strengths:    Strong, amazing

Weaknesses:    NONE!

Bottom Line:   
This is the most amazing wheelset ever made. I have only had to have it trued once in more than three years. These are the most beautiful wheels that I have ever seen too. The rigidity of the DT HUGI hugs (yes, FRONT AND BACK) is wonderful and outweighs the flex in the SID XC. With these wheels you cannot go wrong and if you would like to sell me another pair or trade with me for a nearly brand new set of BLACK X517 with XTR Hubs, WRITE ME, I will make the trade as long as the wheels are in decent condition or I will buy them from you!

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Rock's Cycling and Fitness

Similar Products Used:   XTR 517,XT 517


Bike Setup:   Full XT FS

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gideon a Weekend Warrior from Austin

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2002

Strengths:    Look really nice, pretty light

Weaknesses:    The front hub flange broke because Specialized uses a radial spoke pattern.

Bottom Line:   
These are the old generation (silver) hubs with black spokes, brass nipples, and red ano 517's

I got these wheels on an FSR Extreme I bought through Ebay. All I got a chance to do was ride around the block once before the hub-flange broke. The service guy at my LBS said it's a common problem that Specialized will probably warrenty (we'll see about that). He said the problem is so common that two hubs have broken just sitting up against the wall in the shop. Apparently it only happens to the front hub because they are radially spoked (each spoke is restrained by less material). The new (black) hubs do this less often but still break.

My advise: Hold on to your receipts. If you buy used, get the recipts from the previous owner. If you have to have the S-works hubs, try to get them cross laced so this won't happen to you.

1 chili for value because as a used product you may be screwed when the hub brakes

Zero chilies overall because they break (come on! S-works is supposed to be among the best), but 2 extra chilies added because the LBS said Specialized normally warrenties this (I hope).

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   XTR hubs, XT hubs, STX hubs

Bike Setup:   Came on an FSR Extreme

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake a Weekend Warrior from East Greenwich, RI, USA

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2002

Strengths:    Strong, Light, look cool

Weaknesses:    Hub says specialized on it

Bottom Line:   
theses wheels are awsume. they stay true and i ride hard the front hub is really strong because they use one solid pole for a skwer. the DT spokes dramaticly straingthin it too. i also resently found out that Hugi makes the front hub and the rear is made by Specialised (about XT level). just be shore to keep the mavic 517 rims clean. i paid 200 for the the whole set

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   non

Bike Setup:   Schwinn moab 2 tricked out

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tony a Cross Country Rider from colorado springs

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2002

Strengths:    Light
stays fairly true
hubs don't quit


Weaknesses:    Hubs are a little finiky
Rear skewer weak
Would prefer a less conspicious color


Bottom Line:   
I couldn't be happier with a wheel set. They've taken thousands of miles of xc riding in Colorado and New Mexico. The only problems I've had is the original rear skewer didn't have enough leverage, and the pawls and seals are pick about the quantity and quality of the lube you put in them. (try a light synthetic). This wheelset is basically a hugi rear hub (and possibly the front, I'm not sure)laced up to Mavic 517's via dt revolution spokes, so you might be able to get them cheaper that way (possibly)

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Criterium bike shop

Similar Products Used:   race lite

Bike Setup:   99 cdale f700

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by david a Weekend Warrior from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2000

Strengths:    Light, and very cool looking, very strong

Weaknesses:    Rear hub makes loud clicking noise. Rear hub is OEM by DT/Swiss HUGI.

Bottom Line:   
Great set of wheel. Light and can take a lot of hard pounding. Very good quality wheelset, except the clicking noise made by the rear hub.

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Favorite Trail:   any single tracks

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   XTR 517, XT 222

Bike Setup:   S-work FSR XC stock,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg Peplinski a Racer from Newcastle, New Brunswick Canda

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2000

Strengths:    Amazing wheelset. I've used them for courier duty, on downhills everywhere, and I have yet to take a spoke wrench to them.

Weaknesses:    I didn't get the really cool finish (my hubs are black) , spokes are black, rim/nipples are red.

Bottom Line:   
The best wheelset I have ever used period.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything without snow on it.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   I used to use ryhno lites for courier duty but these are holding up just as well.

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper M4 S-works, occasionally with rigid fork for road/trials riding

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Steve Z a Racer from Logan UT

Date Reviewed: October 12, 1999

Strengths:    
Light
Price
Color
Stiff front skewer


Weaknesses:    
Never stayed true
Heavy skewers
Color
No Ceramic


Bottom Line:   
The spoke tension was all screwed up when i got them, had to completely tension both wheels, after a ride or two i had to do a complete rebuild of the rear. Its never really stayed true, always a little out of adjustment. Then a few weeks ago I did a downhill, and at the bottom the rim was ALL OVER THE PLACE. completely disconnecting the rear brake and it still rubbed. I completely detensioned and rebuilt, its now true again but way out of round. My Bontrager Race Lites have been flawless on the other hand. All I can think to attribute it to is the off center drilling. I wonder how long til status quo big dog asleep at the wheel Mavic catches on and realizes that off center drilling just makes sense.My brake pads have also severly gouged the braking surface, they alway sound scratchy. Not like Ceramic.The front skewer weights 120g, more than both f and r for a normal skewer set. probably good if you are a big guy. and need a stiff front wheel.My friend is also having rear wheel trueness problems, and his rear skewer broke off in his hand.Overall, I'm not impressed.

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Favorite Trail:   
Ones you don't know about

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Bonty Race Lights


Bike Setup:   
22 lb Ellsworth Truth Hardtail Destroyer

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by ben a Cross-Country Rider from ma

Date Reviewed: September 26, 1999

Strengths:    
cost, weight, look cool too


Weaknesses:    
no ceramic rim, spokes are kinda thin i wouldn't recommend then to some one ove 200lbs


Bottom Line:   
awsome for the money but im use to ceramic rims so the breaking could be better nice hub though easy to service but you never need to ill probable build them up with ceramic rims over the winter

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
hand built xt 517


Bike Setup:   
fisher super cal

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jacques Krzepkowski a Racer from Calgary, AB

Date Reviewed: September 20, 1999

Strengths:    
light, strong, great hubs


Weaknesses:    
that silly skraxle


Bottom Line:   
These are awesome wheels for the money. The rear freewheel is strong and I have yet to severly break the wheels out of true.,

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Mavic X517 w/XT


Bike Setup:   
Specialized M4 CND, Sid SL

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by K. Diamond a Cross-Country Rider from Sewell, NJ

Date Reviewed: September 12, 1999

Strengths:    
As light or lighter than almost all other wheelsets on the market, including Cane Creek and most Mavic Wheelsets. Hugi hubs last forever are easily serviced and make the best freehub noise ever. Most importantly they are not just light and cool looking(red rims with gold nips, black DT spokes, and Pewter S-works hubs) but they are strong too.


Weaknesses:    
Have found none yet.


Bottom Line:   
These hoops are hands down the best value in the
Lightweight/Cross-Country wheelset market.Strong, Light, Light, Light, Strong, And very cool looking. If you find a pair of these wheels anywhere BUY THEM! before someone else does.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   
97' Fisher X-Caliber 853 frame with Total Air equipped Judy XC. Gripshift/XT drivetrain and of course S-Works Wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Collin a Weekend Warrior from Middletown, CT

Date Reviewed: June 23, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, strong as hell, and RED


Weaknesses:    
what weaknesses


Bottom Line:   
These whells kick some mega booty!! They're only a few grams heavier than Crossmax and are a cool anodized red. The hugi hubs, click and clack and i think that kicks arse!!
Must get!!

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Favorite Trail:   
n/a

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
n/a


Bike Setup:   
98' Specialized Stumpjumper w/ Judy T2 XT/LX

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kramer a Racer from Gainesville, Fl

Date Reviewed: May 18, 1999

Strengths:    
The wheelset is a killer deal(especially when you get to empl. purch. them.) The wheelset is light but not as light as the new HED wheelset with TI spokes. This is definitely one upgrade I recommend to some of my XC customers. DT/Hugi hub body for that price is excellent.


Weaknesses:    
Came out of tension in the rear on the non-drive side after 3 races. Retensioned it and everything is A-OK!


Bottom Line:   
Good Deal for those who can't afford the new HED wheelset or the Chris Kings.

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Favorite Trail:   
Belleview Ocala, FL

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
XTR/517 Citron color 14/15 DT. That MELLO YELLO green gets old quick. The red on the Sworks is so much nicer.


Bike Setup:   
S works FSR XC and SAN Andreas both with SX Carbon.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Misha a Cross-Country Rider from Princeton, NJ

Date Reviewed: May 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Red anodized rims! Black spokes! Gold nipples! Very light! Quiet rear hub!


Weaknesses:    
Overpriced?


Bottom Line:   
This is a very nice set of wheels, especially for an OEM that comes on the S-Works. Very light and very nice. So far they've held up pretty well and I'm definately impressed. I don't find them to be worth the $400 Specialized asks for them (that's charging way to much for their hubs), but since no one else sells 'em yer outta luck if you want them or a red anodized 517 rim since Mavic only makes it for Specialized. If you're gonna pay $400, go the extra mile and pay $450 for a set of Chris King/517s with black spokes and gold nipples.

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Favorite Trail:   
Mercer County Park (NJ)

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Spinergy Roks-XEs, XT/217s


Bike Setup:   
S-Works FSRxc, SX-Carbon, Fox Vanilla Float RC

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Luke a Cross-Country Rider from Loveland, CO

Date Reviewed: May 3, 1999

Strengths:    
Light wieght, stiff and strong


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
The wheelset is kickass for the price and it's only 42 grams heavier per set than the Race lites.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Bike Setup:   
S-Works m4 team

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by bigbird a Racer from albq NM

Date Reviewed: April 30, 1999

Strengths:    
durability,low cost


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
weight+cost+looks+durability=hard to beat!

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Favorite Trail:   
jemez backcountry

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
other handbuilt wheels


Bike Setup:   
s-works fsr xc

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