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    mavic open pro ssc ceramic rims

    * Shimano Dura Ace Hubs
    * FH-7700
    * Mavic Open Pro CD Rims
    * 28 hole front and rear
    * Alloy nipples in the front
    * Brass nipples in the rear.
    * Clincher
    * 700c
    * 1810 grams (Set)

    What is the general consensus on these wheels? why (why not) ceramic? are 28 holes enough for everyday street use? (I'm 6'1" and ~170 lbs). Any honest input would be appreciated.. thanks!
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    I commute on regular open pro's. I weight ~ 190 and carry ~ 10 # in a backpack. Other than having to replace the drive side spokes due to shifting the chain into the spokes (my fault, not the wheel), they have been fine.

    As I understand it, the ceramic is supposed to spread the heat from the brakes to avoid brake fade. Some think it is a gimmick, but it wont hurt.

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    Nice wheels, I'd ride 'em!

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    Run 28's on the wheels if you have the clearance for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
    Run 28's on the wheels if you have the clearance for them.
    I think he was talking about 28 spokes, not 700x28 tires. Seems like the ceramic would be useful if you brake a lot during descents or if you ride in wet weather a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    I think he was talking about 28 spokes, not 700x28 tires. Seems like the ceramic would be useful if you brake a lot during descents or if you ride in wet weather a lot.
    yeah, the ceramic is a lot rougher providing a much better (more powerful) braking surface, and it stays that way in wet conditions rather than gettins slick like regular rim brakes.

    i took a look at them in the LBS but they were out of my price range but they seem like pretty sweet wheels.
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    As for 28 spokes. I'm still rocking the wheelset that came stock on my san jose. (front and back are 28 spoke)
    I beat them really hard doing cross, and they're holding up perfectly fine on the street too.

    I say go for the wheels

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    CD IS NOT CERAMIC.

    CD is is Couche Dure, which is just a hard anodized finish. From Mavic...

    "A chimical anodization process that forms a micro-hardness on the surface of the rim


    _Slows down wear application by braking
    _Improves the characteristics of the aluminum alloy application and the rim last longer
    _Makes it easier to build and balance the wheel "

    Ceramic is a bit more hardcore.

    "
    Ceramic 2


    By using a plasma beam torch spreading titanium and aluminum oxide powders on the sidewalls of the rim we create a thermal shield that is 30 times harder than aluminum.


    _Reduces braking distance by increasing the coefficient of friction between the rim and the brake pads (50% shorter in wet weather)
    _Superior resistance to wear
    _Reduces heat on rim
    _Considered as an external wear indicator "

    You can tell the ceramics by the fact the sidewall has a sort of fine sandpapery texture and a dark grey finish. You have to use special brakepads with them (Koolstop Green compound)


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    I love open pros and swear by them. but i dont need the special braking surfaces. because i tend to not run brakes
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    chimical? ha!

    oh mavic!

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    Going on Bonechilling's tip, these Mavics do look pretty badass for emulating that classic track aesthetic of hard anodized box rims.

    This build, for example, is straight bad ass: http://velospace.org/node/11868 in no small part due to the rims.
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    I'm assuming you're going to be riding single speed. If so, then that would be a really great pair of wheels to have because you can only rely on your brakes to slow you down as opposed to fixed. In the rain that will really be a valuable asset to have. Only way to know how they will hold up is to ride them but you should be fine on them

    I have ceramics on my bike (even though I ride fixed). They are wonders in the rain and a really great investment. You only use ceramic pads. Now I need to get a long reach brake since I'm running fatties


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