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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-23-07, 08:57 AM   #1
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opinion on wheels-handbuilt vs. pre-built

I already know the answer but i figure i would ask anyway. Colorado Cyclist has a sale on Mavic Ksyrium ES wheels that would be only a few dollars more than a custom set I am looking at. Has anyone ever ridden the ES wheels? The customs i am looking at are CXP33 with chris king classic hubs. I figure I will call them this week and get their opinion, but its always good to get the opinion from someone who is not going to profit from my decision.
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Old 09-23-07, 11:19 AM   #2
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I used to ride nothing but hand-buit Ultegra open pros for years......never had a complaint or a problem. After about 8000km on my older sets I figured it was time to invest in the lighter wheels...... got e a set of the ES's, and I must say that so far with about 800km on them, I have had no problems, and the roads around phila are not that good.

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Old 09-23-07, 11:30 AM   #3
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I used to ride nothing but hand-buit Ultegra open pros for years......never had a complaint or a problem. After about 8000k on my older sets I figured it was time to invest in the lighter wheels...... got e a set of the ES's, and I must say that so far with about 800k on them, I have had no problems, and the roads around phila are not that good.
nowheels, what does the "k" mean in 8000k and 800k?
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Old 09-23-07, 12:25 PM   #4
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I'm hoping its 8000 km, not 8,000,000 miles (k as in 1000)
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Old 09-23-07, 12:55 PM   #5
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Same here, because at a mean distance to the moon of 238,855 miles, that 8,000,000 miles would be 33.5 round trips to the moon. I was starting to feel inadequate.

Edit: Sorry, it's only 16.75 round trips to the moon. whew! I feel better now.
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Old 09-23-07, 01:14 PM   #6
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That is a great price. My friend has a pair of them, and every time it rains, they fill up with water.
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nowheels, what does the "k" mean in 8000k and 800k?
Just kilometers.........km......

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I've had a lot more luck with handbuilt wheels. One pair I have are completely indestructible, only had to true them once and that was after a 20+mph crash.
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