El Cheapo Vato
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Plano, TX
Bikes: 2006 Specialized Roubaix Elete
My First Ride Report: Got out a little later that I wanted to this morning and it was already brutally hot but I went for it anyway. Started the ride with a front tire pressure of 100 and a rear tire pressure of 110. Recommended Max pressure for The Continental Ultra Gator skins 28's is 116psi. At the very start of the ride I got very worried as I heard popping and creaking from both wheels for the first block I rode so I stopped and looked at both wheels real carefully. No broken spokes, no cracks in the spoke eyelets, nothing. I rechecked to make sure both wheels were seated properly in the dropouts, they were. Rechecked to make sure the brakes were not rubbing, they weren't. Looked at the tires to check that they were seated in the rims properly, OK there. WTF?? Got back on and continued the ride and never heard the creaking and popping for the rest of the ride. Once I got past that little episode things got fun. I found I got great response from the wheels when I would put power to the pedals. On the old wheels I had to really push and pedal constantly for any sort of speed out of the bike but the Mavic Open Pros seemed to respond quickly to the pedal strokes and when I really wanted to get some speed up they were very quick to get up to speed and I could maintain the speed a lot better and with less effort than before. I got to test them on climbing as there is a fair amount of rolling terrain on the route I like to ride and I must say that they did very well on them. I was able to keep a decent cadence on the rolling areas and in some cases increase my speed when I experimented with just putting extra power to the pedals. I did not notice much if any flex in the rims when going up hill and this was a welcome change for me. The WTB rims seemed to flex enough that I felt like I was really not getting the power out put that I was putting in but the Mavics responded to my increased power on the pedals and helped me do better on the hills than I was doing before. 2 Thumbs up there!! I really loved how the bike responded as a whole on the entire ride. On the WTB wheels I was using 35's and running them just slightly below recommended pressure. The ride on them was pretty comfortable but not fast. With the Mavics and running 28's the ride is definiately faster but I did trade off on the comfort side but not too much. For the most part I had a pretty good ride on the 28's and IMO the ride quality was not that worse than that on the 35's YMMV. So far I am very happy with them. I am planning to ride on them for a week or so before taking them to my LBS for a check on the spoke tension and trueing. So far, so good......