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My $89 Korso's arrived!!

Old 01-06-06, 02:49 PM
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FedEx just dropped them off. A quick inspection on the truing stand reveals no problems. Gonna have to take off them ugly stickers and then slap on a cassette and they'll be good to go. Unfortunately I'm heading out the door so it will have to wait till later.


Really cheap arse skewers, though.
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I just put Korso's on my TCR too
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Ok, I'm really getting sick of hearing about all these people who are telling all of us they got their Korso's in the mail, then walk off without any kind of ride report of mileage performance etc.

For HEAVEN SAKES!!! We all know what they look like, and that the skewers are cheap, and the stickers are cheesy. But....

WHERE'S THE BEEF?
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I actually like the decals. They could stand to be trimmed back a bit, but I've certainly seen a lot worse.

The Rolf Prima Vigors for example. What were they thinking?

Here's a ride report - they "feel" very much like my Bonty Race Lites - solid, durable and smooth at speed - but they don't appear to spin up as quick.

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They ride nice.

There, you happy?








As for the stickers, mine came of in one piece each. It was so nice. I thought it would take forever.
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Yes, now I'm happy.

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Good.

Like Rad said, there's not too much to say other than they are killer wheels for $100. I notice a difference between my Rolfs, but not a whole lot between them and my Kysrium Elites.
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Are you racing on the Elites this year?
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I received a set of Korsos via Fed Ex today also. Thank you to the Bike Forum members who have recommended them. I was surpriced they had no rim tape though. Other then that they seamed to be well worth the $110.00 including shipping.
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Originally Posted by Patriot
Ok, I'm really getting sick of hearing about all these people who are telling all of us they got their Korso's in the mail, then walk off without any kind of ride report of mileage performance etc.

For HEAVEN SAKES!!! We all know what they look like, and that the skewers are cheap, and the stickers are cheesy. But....

WHERE'S THE BEEF?
I'll ride them this weekend just for you.
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I'm not sure the riding conditions here in Northern Minnesota are good enough for test riding today.
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Mine shoud arrive next week. I selected FedEx ground for delivery but they were shipped APX/USPS.
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Mine also arrived today! I also found it very easy to remove the stickers. The build quality looks pretty good, especially considering the $90 it cost.

Jimbud, I thought that a while back you mentioned that you had also tried wheels for roughly the same price from an eBay source. Assuming I remember right, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts on which wheels you like better. Of course, this assumes the weather brightens up!
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You guys are tempting me to get a set to use on the trainer and for when it's wet out.
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Originally Posted by daytonian
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Are you racing on the Elites this year?
Yep. I'm using the Ksyriums for racing and the Korsos for training/pit wheels.
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how would these wheels work for a clydesdale? i am talking 220lbs? i am wheel shopping and the price is very tempting on these. thanks.
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Originally Posted by OC Roadie
You guys are tempting me to get a set to use on the trainer and for when it's wet out.
You get what you pay for!! I just spent an hour installing tires and tubes on these suckers. Never, I repeat never, have I experienced such a tough time putting tires on a rim. These weren't even new tires! They were worn and stretched out tires that I can put on my Tempest rims with one hand. I had to use three tire levers (broke one) and the strength of King Kong. Now, I don't know whether this means they're good or bad but I don't really care. There's no way I'm changing a flat out on the road with these rims. No way! After seeing how cheap the skewers are made I can only guess the rest of the wheel is of the same quality, hence the rim that's just slightly too big. I'll use them for the trainer or sell them to a guy in the club I don't like but I'm certainly not using them out on the road.
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Based on other people's reported experiences, wouldn't advise these wheels for someone 220#. I ordered a pair last night, but Supergo was already out of them and I received an email with that info today. Ah well, it was a whim - I don't need a new-light wheelset, but I was just curious to try them. I'll stick with my 32-spoke Ultegra/Open Pro wheels.
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Originally Posted by TCR
You get what you pay for!! I just spent an hour installing tires and tubes on these suckers. Never, I repeat never, have I experienced such a tough time putting tires on a rim. These weren't even new tires! They were worn and stretched out tires that I can put on my Tempest rims with one hand. I had to use three tire levers (broke one) and the strength of King Kong. Now, I don't know whether this means they're good or bad but I don't really care. There's no way I'm changing a flat out on the road with these rims. No way! After seeing how cheap the skewers are made I can only guess the rest of the wheel is of the same quality, hence the rim that's just slightly too big. I'll use them for the trainer or sell them to a guy in the club I don't like but I'm certainly not using them out on the road.
Thanks for the heads up . I had already called Supergo/Performance in Fountain Valley and checked stock, I was all set to drop my $89 this weekend. Maybe I'll go back to my original plan of getting a used set of Open Pros on Ultegra hubs or something similar that can be found for a good price. I'll see what some of these other guys say about theirs. Sorry they were a let down for you.
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Originally Posted by TCR
You get what you pay for!! I just spent an hour installing tires and tubes on these suckers. Never, I repeat never, have I experienced such a tough time putting tires on a rim. These weren't even new tires! They were worn and stretched out tires that I can put on my Tempest rims with one hand. I had to use three tire levers (broke one) and the strength of King Kong. Now, I don't know whether this means they're good or bad but I don't really care. There's no way I'm changing a flat out on the road with these rims. No way! After seeing how cheap the skewers are made I can only guess the rest of the wheel is of the same quality, hence the rim that's just slightly too big. I'll use them for the trainer or sell them to a guy in the club I don't like but I'm certainly not using them out on the road.
I've found that the tire you use has a lot to do with they mount. After I read your post I worriedly broke my Korsos of the box to try my hand at mounting. I chose a set of Panaracer Stradius Pros with a small red sidewall. In any case, I was able to mount the tires with hands only until the last few inches on the final lip where two easy flips of the tire lever brought them firmly under the rim. I actually find the Panaracer's a little harder to mount than the Vittoria Rubino Pro's which are my other tire of choice. So for me, my hardest tires to mount were no problem.

55/Rad mentioned earlier today he actually likes the stickers on the Korsos so I took a closer look and decided I liked everything except the SuperGo "S". Before mounting the tires I removed all the little red "S" marks from the stickers and left the rest. I think it looks pretty good especially with the red sidewall. These wheels are going on my new Specialized Allez Pro build that I posted a few days ago.


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After seeing your pics blandin, I said to myself, "Whoa, they've changed the hubs!" Then I realized yours still have the little round axle caps on em. lol.
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Yeah, I wanted to see how they mounted and get some pictures taken, so I didn't evey bother taking them off.
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Originally Posted by blandin
I've found that the tire you use has a lot to do with they mount.
Well, I dunno. I was using tires that had over 2000 miles on them and had been on and off rims atleast 10 times. They were well worn in and stretched out. The exact same tires install very easily on my Velomax Tempests and Mavic CXP21's, slightly harder on the Mav's but still no need for levers. Maybe cheap wheels require cheap tires. I'll have to try some $15 Kendas.
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Originally Posted by TCR
You get what you pay for!! I just spent an hour installing tires and tubes on these suckers. Never, I repeat never, have I experienced such a tough time putting tires on a rim.
I suggest you don't ever use Bontrager wheels with Michelin tires. And I don't mean the cheapies. The Korso's were easy by comparison.

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I had a tough time with the tire mounting as well. I put on some new Micheline Pro2's on mine. I pinch flatted 3 tubes....but finally got them on. After each pinch flat, the tire mount got progressively "easier". It does take some hand strength though.

Ride report? I've done 4 or 5 road rides since having mine. They are definitely nicer than my factory ALX junk rims. Stiff, quiet, and spin up pretty quick. I've never ridden any high end rims so I can't comment on any comparison there. Micheline 2's are great tires by the way.
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