Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Wheels

  1. #1
    umd
    umd is offline
    Banned umd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Santa Barbara, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Tarmac SL2, Specialized Tarmac SL, Giant TCR Composite, Specialized StumpJumper Expert HT
    Posts
    28,343
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Wheels

    Are Ksyrium ESs reasonable wheels to use on a cyclocross bike? Lets assume not racing and the bike would mostly be used on fire roads/unpaved roads/gravel. I already have the wheels lying around and am trying to figure out if I should just get a frameset and build it up with spare parts I have lying around or get a whole bike...

  2. #2
    Dork on a Bike
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    My Bikes
    Klein Attitude, Trek 1500, Cannondale Road Tandem, Trek 800
    Posts
    84
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    Are Ksyrium ESs reasonable wheels to use on a cyclocross bike?
    There are plenty of folks out there racing on the ES's......but like road race wheels do you want to run them every day? I think they would be fine assuming reasonable use and that you aren't a clydesdale. Assuming the wheels are truly just lying around and you aren't going to be racing I'd probably sell them and go with something a little less pricey and a little more robust. But if you think you might be racing in the future I'd just go ahead and ride them.

    Myself, I use Bontrager Race-X-Lites as my race wheels and the stock wheels that came with the bike for training use (and as my pit wheels).

    So for the short version, they will probably be fine, but if you do break them it's an expensive lesson.

    Duane
    2007 Cannondale Scalpel 1
    2004 Trek 1500
    2006 Cannondale Road Tandem
    2007 Felt F1X

  3. #3
    umd
    umd is offline
    Banned umd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Santa Barbara, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Tarmac SL2, Specialized Tarmac SL, Giant TCR Composite, Specialized StumpJumper Expert HT
    Posts
    28,343
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Duane View Post
    There are plenty of folks out there racing on the ES's......but like road race wheels do you want to run them every day? I think they would be fine assuming reasonable use and that you aren't a clydesdale. Assuming the wheels are truly just lying around and you aren't going to be racing I'd probably sell them and go with something a little less pricey and a little more robust. But if you think you might be racing in the future I'd just go ahead and ride them.

    Myself, I use Bontrager Race-X-Lites as my race wheels and the stock wheels that came with the bike for training use (and as my pit wheels).

    So for the short version, they will probably be fine, but if you do break them it's an expensive lesson.

    Duane
    Yes, expensive lesson. I've already damaged them in a car accident and had them rebuilt. I have a set of SLs, ESs, and the new R-SYS for my road bike. The SLs are on my wife's bike and the R-SYS are my daily ride/road race wheel. The ESs are my backups, so I don't plan on selling them. The idea is to use the cyclocross bike for riding on some less improved (fire) roads up in the mountains that are usually the end of my journey on a road bike. I race road but really have no intention of racing cyclocross, but a lot of my teammates do. I'm mainly just interested in whether or not it is considered a strong enough wheel to take the abuses of cyclocross, or if you use special wheels. Thanks,

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •