Rolf bills its Vigor family of wheels as all rounders (no pun intended) – but if one of them can do everything, why have a whole range of them? The short answer is that while every Vigor wheelset is a jack of all trades, each of them is more of a master of one particular thing. The Alpha is the premium offering in the Vigor range and is a highly-capable all-rounder for a rider who wants one wheelset which can turn its hard at almost anything.
The standard Vigor does everything well. “[It’s aimed at] the road rider who rides a lot but doesn’t necessarily race,” says Declan Deehan of Rolf’s UK distributor, Hotlines. It has a 14 front/16 rear spoke count which uses Rolf’s paired-spoke pattern, a 22mm-wide rim, a bit of an aero-profile thanks to its 33mm rim depth, Rolf’s TdF4.4 hubs with carbon-chrome bearings and, according to the Rolf website, weighs in at 1,495g.
The Vigor RS on the other hand is the family’s strongman. It gets a rim with the same width and depth but a slightly higher spoke count (16 front/20 rear), which makes it a bit heavier (a claimed 1,545g) but a bit tougher. So bigger riders or those looking for a more durable wheel might lean towards this model.