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Old 10-27-10, 08:45 AM   #1
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Mavic GP4 700c tubular rims - any opinions?

I've taken on the winter project of building up a Gios Super Record frame, and have an opportunity to buy a pair of Mavic GP4 700c tubular rims (with Campy Record hubs) for what seems like a good price.

If anyone out there has ridden these wheels, I'd appreciate any feedback you may have about them.

Thanks.
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Tad on heavy side...good for training or rough racing. Saw 'em alot in criteriums...

Solid Mavic product - much like the old MA-2s and MA-40s.

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Good and reliable, if you get sick of fixing punctures in your sew up tires,
after carefully de tensioning the spokes to keep them round,
you may resell the rims to cyclocross racers.

but as tubular rims have less metal in them, than any wire bead rim, they will be lighter.
and stronger.. no clincher flanges to bend.
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Good solid wheels. I ran GP4 on the rear and a lighter rim up front for racing.
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I've taken on the winter project of building up a Gios Super Record frame, and have an opportunity to buy a pair of Mavic GP4 700c tubular rims (with Campy Record hubs) for what seems like a good price.

If anyone out there has ridden these wheels, I'd appreciate any feedback you may have about them.

Thanks.
If you want a cheapskate approach to a set of competitive racing wheels, they're interesting. No aero features, weight may or may not be in your target zone. I had a set similar built up a few years ago using 2006 Campy Record hubs, and they were 1500 g without tires or cassette - excellent for the price. The rim is much lighter than a competitive non-carbon low-spoke rim, so acceleration should be good. If built well or re0tuned well, they will be very durable.

Lot's of people have commuted on wheels just like this over the years - we used to (well, some of us, and some still do) use tubulars everywhere.

As far as vintage rims go, they're pretty much the benchmark for an available, affordable, durable, potentially competitive rim. Not the lightest, strongest, weakest, or slipperiest. The same spokes will fit a Mavic MA-40 clincher or a much heavier Sun CR-18 clincher. The wheel itself is a good platform for how your riding may evolve. And the Campy hubs are essentially endlessly rebuildable.
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...As far as vintage rims go, they're pretty much the benchmark for an available, affordable, durable, potentially competitive rim....
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And they'll look good on the Gios.
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Thanks guys for all the feedback.

It sounds like they'll work out just fine, even though I don't plan on doing any "rough racing" with this bike.

And the fact that they'll look good on the Gios seals the deal!

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