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New Wheelset? to buy or not to buy...

Old 10-05-06, 08:43 AM
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New Wheelset? to buy or not to buy...

The current wheelset I'm riding are Bontrager Race Lite's that came with my 04' KLIEN Aura XV. Lately I've been getting the itch to spend some money and make some changes on the bike and was thinking about the MAVIC Ksyrium (Elite or SL) as a replacement.

My question to you is: Will it make a noticeable difference in the ride to make this change or are we looking at a simple "bling factor" as the sole difference?

What wheelset might you recommend? $500 - $1000 price range

Note: I'm 6'2", 215 lbs. Not much climbing in my parts.

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They will make a difference - how much is the question only you can answer. Consensus is they probably will be worth the investment but won't radically change your life.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
They will make a difference - how much is the question only you can answer. Consensus is they probably will be worth the investment but won't radically change your life.
+1 ... such a tough question to answer. And, you'll get a TON of varying opinions. Your current wheelset sounds like a decent wheelset however. Not sure I would notice all that much difference. But, hey, I am one who believes .. "buy" what motivates you to ride! That's what I did ... and I'm having a terrific year. I've been riding the SL's since they came out also ... two different wheelsets and they are great.
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No positive noticeable difference. Probably no negative noticeable difference with the Mavics. Some riders that go to a light wheelset set find them much harsher, a lot twitchier, fragile, high maintanace, a real pain in the *ss compared to their bomb proof wheelset they have been using for years.
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Old 10-05-06, 01:53 PM
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Might want to take a look at Campagnolo Eurus while you're at it. If you're considering based on bling and well-made production wheels, anyways. I don't own them, but I'm considering them for next season.
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Isn't bling enough of a reason as long as you are riding?
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You might want to look for some RaceXLites on ebay, they are usually fairly cheap < $500, and IMO stiffer and lighter then Race Lights. Not much of a bling change, but nice wheels for the money.

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