Originally Posted by Shuncle
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.
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.