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Old 03-18-11, 02:52 PM   #1
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Mavic Ellipse wheelset?

why hello there!

just curious if anyone here was knowledgeable about these wheels....
Now i will say i have done some googling and read some reviews here and there....

BUT most tend to be for the 2010 model, im sort of wondering if anyone has any input regarding the new 2011 model.

Mavic says the new model is slightly lighter....they state the wheelset is 1895 as opposed to the 2010 which is more like 1995 (i THINK...could be wrong)....

why am i asking? well im trying to decide between buying someone's used set of 2010s or just forking over the extra dough for a new pair of the 2011s....with a hefty discount code to a online retailer, so it wont be full msrp.
lets just say the price difference is about 100 bucks.

also, i will also say i think i slightly prefer the decals on the 2011



and in case you are wondering, this is for a bianchi pista concept frame ive had hanging up in my room for a few months. been researching/trolling ebay for a wheelset.

I plan to use this build to actually go ride it @ the velodrome, probably once a month. but also for road ride/commute.

anywho thanks for your time
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If there was some technological difference (new rim profile, new hubs, ceramic bearings...) then they would flaunt it on the site. They probably just shaved something.

FWIW, the new one's will probably have a slightly better resale value if you decide to sell. Especially being that you are the original owner with receipt.
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good point about resale......

just fyi for whoever cares, copy pasta from their site on the 2011s:
"Benefiting from our latest improvement in rim design, the Ellipse gets a new lighter rim extrusion that makes it even more responsive while maintaining its key assets. A performance driven development with the UCI World Cycling Center. "

also i double checked, the 2010's weight is 1995. 100 grams = 40 pennies or 20 nickels
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I just got a set of 2011's this week. The front weighed in at 908g ; rear 974. That's without the rim tape.
The rim tape added 20gms each wheel. I removed the stickers which reduced the weight by 4gms per wheel.
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Humm. Why not custom build a set using some cheap carbon rims from china and some good quality lightweight hubs.

Will probably end up about the same cost, but be a lot lighter and more aero for the track.
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well that's definitely an option. But while I do want to learn to build wheels I wouldn't want this to be my first foray into wheelbuilding....and having lbs build the wheels means 75 more bux, plus I don't like or trust the two lbs around me. Plus this wheelset will be ridden on both track and road, and I hear mavics are well built and sturdy.
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Sounds like a good opportunity to lear for yourself. A pair of Kinlin rims (depth of your choice) with some butted spokes, road front hub, and rear track hub of your choice will be cheaper and lighter.
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yo Ill,

i've been riding the new Ellipses on my Vigorelli for almost 5 months now and i really do love them. im sorta a weight-weiny when it comes to components but what sold me on this particular wheelset was looks, they're simply beautiful. the only other experience with Mavic that i have is with Open-Pro which are a world apart from these so i can't safely say if the 2011 Ellipse are that much different than the previous years model. I haven't raced in the organized sense of the word but have had quite a bit of fun chumming around the city with friends and commuting and the wheels have endured everything the Brooklyn and Manhattan streets can offer. haven't had to true the wheels at all and they are straight as an arrow.

the only downside i found are the decals. i ended up peeling off 2 of the 3 "Ellipse" decals on each side of the wheel because i thought they're just too much on the eye. i'd say go for the 11's.
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yo Ill,

i've been riding the new Ellipses on my Vigorelli for almost 5 months now and i really do love them. im sorta a weight-weiny when it comes to components but what sold me on this particular wheelset was looks, they're simply beautiful. the only other experience with Mavic that i have is with Open-Pro which are a world apart from these so i can't safely say if the 2011 Ellipse are that much different than the previous years model. I haven't raced in the organized sense of the word but have had quite a bit of fun chumming around the city with friends and commuting and the wheels have endured everything the Brooklyn and Manhattan streets can offer. haven't had to true the wheels at all and they are straight as an arrow.

the only downside i found are the decals. i ended up peeling off 2 of the 3 "Ellipse" decals on each side of the wheel because i thought they're just too much on the eye. i'd say go for the 11's.
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