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Old 06-18-10, 08:33 PM
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Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheelset Opinions

I'm looking at picking up a new road bike, my first, and I really love everything on the bike but am worried about the wheels that are on it by default. They are Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheels on both the front and the rear. I'm a Clydesdale that weights 280 lbs right now but am rapidly losing (down 120 lbs in last 18 months) and figure I'll be around 250 in a few more months. I honestly don't know where the bottom will be but I'd put it between 230 - 250 given my body size.

Have other clydes around my weight used these wheels? What kind of problems should I expect if any? I've read they are either awesome or a challenge to keep true that require special tools / servicing but I haven't seen anyone mention using them around my weight. Would I be better off immediately trying to sell them and buying a more suitable wheelset? The bike is new and hasn't been ridden yet so I'd think I could sell them.

Thanks for your help all ... I hope to pull the trigger on the bike soon.
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I weigh 225, ride hard and have K Elites on my Pinarello, they stay true with many centuries and alot of hill and corner use. For me, they have been the lightest, best priced wheels that still provide the strength. Keep em!
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Originally Posted by epicycle
I'm looking at picking up a new road bike, my first, and I really love everything on the bike but am worried about the wheels that are on it by default. They are Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheels on both the front and the rear. I'm a Clydesdale that weights 280 lbs right now but am rapidly losing (down 120 lbs in last 18 months) and figure I'll be around 250 in a few more months. I honestly don't know where the bottom will be but I'd put it between 230 - 250 given my body size.

Have other clydes around my weight used these wheels? What kind of problems should I expect if any? I've read they are either awesome or a challenge to keep true that require special tools / servicing but I haven't seen anyone mention using them around my weight. Would I be better off immediately trying to sell them and buying a more suitable wheelset? The bike is new and hasn't been ridden yet so I'd think I could sell them.

Thanks for your help all ... I hope to pull the trigger on the bike soon.
The key with any wheel is spoke tension, if the spokes have been properly tensioned, then they should be fine, now starting at a 150lb rider with 36 spokes, the range of tension that is good is fairly wide, a 280lb rider on a 18/20 spoke wheel, it's going to be razor thin, and it's going to be extremely high. You need a wheel builder who is familiar with larger riders, low spoke count wheels and has the technical information for that rim and hub to make sure that they will actually allow for enough tension.

I think the general recommendation is to talk to your bicycle dealer about switching to a more suitable wheel, there are lots of 32 and 36 spoke wheels that would work better for you. If you search back over the 65,536 wheel threads you will find a few rims that come up over and over again as being recommended, that's what you want.
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I just bought this wheel at the advice of my 250# mailman buddy. (I weigh 215 - junior Clydsdale)
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1076116_-1___
I was popping spokes like crazy on my 3 year old Specialized Allez wheel, but I'd rode it out-of-round several times after broken spokes. I plan to replace all those spokes and have LBS retrue it. The new Mavic has 32 double-butted spokes 3-cross and the Ultegra freewheel spins better on the stand. Jury is still out on how its endurance is.
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i run ksyriums, but in lieu of my girth, i am surprisingly gentle on wheels.

240#-265#
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