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Old 04-16-07, 11:35 PM
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Your Wheels are spinning..

Hey Folks... Just lookin for a little feedback on what wheels i should get for my new bici...
..I was lookin towards the Mavic Ksyrium Elite and SL.. My last bike i had Aksium and those were just fine. never had a problem with them. Any thoughts, questions, urges, burning desires or anything I would like to know?? oh yea.. im 6'4" about 240 Lbs...
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Originally Posted by Alonso22
Any thoughts, questions, urges, burning desires or anything I would like to know?? oh yea.. im 6'4" about 240 Lbs...
you should be in the nba.

go ahead & get 'em. either pair. you won't be upset with either.
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Im a little smaller than you and I was really considering SLs but after reading reviews on them and talking to a guy at one of the LBS's a while back, I decided against them. They seem to have a spoke breakage issue and it doesnt seem to be dependent on weight. Maybe they're over tensioned, I dunno but the guy at the LBS had broken a spoke on his SLs and he was a lot smaller than I am.. he might have been 170 or so.

I rode Elites for a while and they were pretty good. I also have a pair of Cosmic Elites that have been good. I have a set of Mike Garcia's now that are really light for what they are and ride great but they have 0 bling factor so if youre after the bling, they arent the wheels for you.
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im not after the bling... i want wheels that are lightweight but durable considering my size.. ya know.
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Originally Posted by Alonso22
im not after the bling... i want wheels that are lightweight but durable considering my size.. ya know.
www.oddsandendos.com

Call Mike and talk to him.. he can build you probably the same thing he built for me. Niobium 30 rims, Speedcific hubs, 28 rear, 24 front. They weighed in at 1530 with rim strips. They were half a pound lighter than the Ksyrium Elites.
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I'm 180ish. I ride Ksyrium Elites. Love 'em. They were recommended to me by my friend who races and they're what i'd recommend to folks looking for sturdy light wheels.

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right on... i found a pair of brand new elites for $500 even... good deal or no ??
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Originally Posted by JayC
Niobium 30 rims, Speedcific hubs, 28 rear, 24 front. They weighed in at 1530 with rim strips.
I have the same wheels, only with a DT Swiss 24o rear hub. So far, 5000 miles and I L O V E them.
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Keep the wheels, train on em, race in em. When you feel like you've gotten to the point where you can't improve anymore or when you feel like your equipment's the main factor holding you back, get a pair of kick ass race wheels.
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Performance has the Elites for $399.
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Originally Posted by Alonso22
right on... i found a pair of brand new elites for $500 even... good deal or no ??

Mike Garcia wheels are cheaper and they weigh 300 grams less. Its kind of a no brainer.
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now... because of my weight.. (240) does it make a difference weather i get 32 or 36 spoked wheels ???
im looking at a pair of Mavic Open Pro handbuilt wheels with Record Hubs... just trying to decide on spokes...
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Originally Posted by Alonso22
now... because of my weight.. (240) does it make a difference weather i get 32 or 36 spoked wheels ???
im looking at a pair of Mavic Open Pro handbuilt wheels with Record Hubs... just trying to decide on spokes...
At 240 lbs, you want as many spokes as possible. It's not worth saving the ounce that 4 spokes and nips will cost you. I'd recommend Velocity Fusions or Deep Vs over Open Pros if you want a durable wheel -- and they're more aero. Open Pros at 240 lbs will probably last you only 10,000-15,000 miles on the roads around here. I'm riding Deep Vs, and was only 200 lbs when I built them. I'm down to 178 now (at 6'4") and still prefer these wheels. I commute on them with a pack weight of up to 45 lbs, through a pothole farm
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I've been riding on Elites for quite a few years on two bikes. They are good, bullet proof wheels for training. I'm 6'2" and 235 lbs and they have held up well compared to 32H OP's with standard spokes. I've never had much luck with those.

First set has about 14,000 miles on them. After hitting a pothole at speed in a corner cracked the rear rim at a spoke hole, I had them rebuilt at 11k. I have broken 2 spokes in the set during the life of the wheels and except right before the rebuild, they have stayed true. I suspect they were starting to get loose before the pothole incident, which may have contributed to the cracked rim.

Second set has about 7,000 miles with no issues whatsoever. They are as true as the day I bought them. Option is right - SL's are slightly lighter and stiffer with aluminum spokes.

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At your size, how about the Mavic Cosmos. An excellent strong wheel with reasonable weight. They are about $250 right now at Sierratradingpost.
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Originally Posted by JayC
www.oddsandendos.com

Call Mike and talk to him.. he can build you probably the same thing he built for me. Niobium 30 rims, Speedcific hubs, 28 rear, 24 front. They weighed in at 1530 with rim strips. They were half a pound lighter than the Ksyrium Elites.

What were those selling for/whats the build cost?
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1)Custom wheels(This is not a hype, it is a really deal.)
2)If you really like the look of those Ksyriums, get Fulcrum instead.
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