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Mavic Ksyrium SLS or something else?

Old 05-19-15, 03:39 PM
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Mavic Ksyrium SLS or something else?

I am thinking about getting a light weight wheel set, something like the Mavic Ksyrium SLS.

Should I get the Mavic or is there something else out there in similar price range but better (lighter, stronger, etc)

I don't race, and I weight under 180lb riding on a 14 yr old Ti bike, with Shimano 9sp ..
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Mavics are great...at about 40% off.

Consider some options from the UK sites (c24 9000 maybe, or FR3) or a nice hand-built set with wider rims (like the Pacenti SL23 v2).
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Mavik seems slow to adapt to new thinking in wheel building. Their rims are still on the narrow side. Wider rims offer a lot of advantages. For that kind of money, i think there are a lot of better choices. Boyd Altamonts @ $700 are hard to beat. Custom builds on Pacenti rims or Stan's rims from Wheelbuilder.com or November will probably be similar in weight and cheaper with wider wheels and possibly give you the option to run tubeless. Maybe it's just me, but Mavik seems a little dated.
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Bontrager RXL. Love mine, light and bullet proof after two seasons of hard riding. Not to mention they won't break the bank.
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Bontrager RXL. Love mine, light and bullet proof after two seasons of hard riding. Not to mention they won't break the bank.
I was looking online, and they only mentioned that they will fit 10 and 11 speed? I am still on 9 speed
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Originally Posted by stockae92 View Post
I was looking online, and they only mentioned that they will fit 10 and 11 speed? I am still on 9 speed
Sorry I must have missed that....
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Originally Posted by stockae92 View Post
I was looking online, and they only mentioned that they will fit 10 and 11 speed? I am still on 9 speed*
Probably comes with a spacer for 9 speed cassettes.
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Probably comes with a spacer for 9 speed cassettes.
+1. That won't be a problem. If it can fit 10...it also fits 8 and 9.
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
+1. That won't be a problem. If it can fit 10...it also fits 8 and 9.
Thanks, I guess I am not familiar with this. So do I need a spacer for it? Or the shimano 9 speed cassette will drop right in?
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Originally Posted by stockae92 View Post
Thanks, I guess I am not familiar with this. So do I need a spacer for it? Or the shimano 9 speed cassette will drop right in?
Shimano/SRAM are the same effective width for 8/9/10. Well actually Shimano 10sp cassettes are a hair (1mm) shorter than 9s and 8s and thus come with a very thin spacer. But the freehub body is the same for all those.

If the wheels are 11-speed compatible (and/or Mavic), you'd need a spacer (~1.85mm) to reduce the width in order to run 8/9/10. Make sense?

The 10 speed Shimano cassette on an 11sp rear hub is the tricky one because that's two spacers. One provided with the hub/wheel, and one that came with the cassette.
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