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Old 09-13-05, 11:16 AM   #1
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Anyone upgrade from Ksyrium Elite to SL?

I havenít ridden either yet, but my new bike will come with Eliteís.

Iím just wondering if the upgrade is an improvement - strength, weight, etc... or just poser points.

If it's worth the extra $, I'd want the dealer to make the change before the Elites are used.

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Old 09-13-05, 11:24 AM   #2
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personally, i can't justify the added expense in that upgrade. despite the flat spokes, neither model is light or 'aero' >> the secret to the success of the ksyrium line is the hubs.
It depends on your rides. On a flat or rolling surface, the elites are great. neither the elite or the SL's are light enough to be considered a significant upgrade if you have many climbs on your rides. An american classic wheel might be in order there.
There are many here that will poo poo the ksyrium marketing machine and correctly state that there are stronger and lighter rims that can be built for less money, but if you want a great rim from the get go, then the elites are fine.
The small gains in weight and strength (??) is not worth the added expense. Elites stay true in the most inhospitable of conditions. I think their magic lies in the hubs.
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Old 09-13-05, 11:46 AM   #3
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I've ridden both. Elite's on my old bike, and I've borrowed my wife's SL's for a crit. I can't tell much difference. The SL's look cooler, and are a little lighter. Although I can't say I really felt like they accelerated faster.
As for strength, the Elite's are plenty strong. I'm 200lbs plus, and I've pulled a trailer weighing 80lbs with those wheels. Never have had to true them.
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Old 09-13-05, 01:05 PM   #4
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Not quite night-and-day difference, but I notice much better acceleration.
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Old 09-13-05, 02:56 PM   #5
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I upgraded Elites to SLs. I can't that say I noticed the difference in wieght right off the bat but I have now convince myself that the lighter weight of the SL has made me an increadible climber. I also can't say that I notice that the aluminum spokes were stiffer than the steel spokes but now have convinced myself that the SLs has made my entire bike much more efficeint.

However, I did notice the "Bling" factor of the SLs right away and that it made me much better looking which resulted in the fact that I dated a lot of hot women soon after upgrading.

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Bike Forum math:

Ksyrium SL's + Kielbasa = ??
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Got it.

Iíll keep the Elites and put my $ towards accessories.

Thanks for the replies.
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