Join Date: Jun 2007
Bikes: Allan Wanta road bike,Cannondale cross bike, bob jackson classic road, bob jackson touring.
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you can use a 10 speed on them. I have a set of tubulars I race on. I've heard that half of the people that have used them hate them because they have to true the rear wheel every time you use them, which has been my experience. And half the people say they never have had to touch them. I've talked to a trusted mechanic who has had a great deal of experience with these wheels and he has said that if you do have one of the troubled sets of heliums, you can swap the rear rim for a new one. Mavic supposedly has lots of them still in stock and are fairly inexepensive. Then if you rebuild the rear wheel it is a fairly tricky rebuild due to the straight, no-shoulder spokes, and spoke pattern. When you do rebuild them use, purple or blue locktite, instead of spoke prep, which would normally be exessive but in this case apparently will get you a very strong, reasonably light alloy wheel. I plan on doing this as a winter project. If you are not a experienced wheel builder, don't have the time to invest, it may not be worth paying a shop to do this for you, or you could also say 150ish is not much to spend on a light, strong, alloy wheel set when considering the alternitives, especially if they are tubulars. All this said, your wheels may be one of the sets that are bullet proof, the only way to find out is to race them.