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Mavic Ksyrium ES Rims: Good or Bad?

Old 04-02-10, 07:01 PM
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Mavic Ksyrium ES Rims: Good or Bad?

I just picked up some Mavic Ksyrium ES for $800 out the door. Are these any good? I didn't get a chance to review it yet and I wanted to get some 2nd opinions. The sales guy highly recommended them as they were light, fast, and on sale.
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Old 04-02-10, 07:05 PM
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too late now.
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Old 04-02-10, 07:08 PM
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i haven't used them yet. i'm taking them to the bike shop to have them installed. but i can still return them
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Do you mean wheels?

Plenty here will tell you that the are overpriced, over-rated, etc.
Still, I think they're good.
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Old 04-02-10, 07:11 PM
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You're having a bike shop "install" a pair of wheels? Or are these in fact only a pair of rims that need to be laced to some hubs?
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the rims came w/ the hubs, but they still need to install the cassette from my old bike. i'm taking in my current bike to have them swap out the rims/tires
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the wheels were already together in terms of spokes, rim, and hub. spins very smoothly and pretty light. i'm looking to replace my rims that came with my current bike as they are really heavy (09 Cervelo S2). for 3K on a bike, you would expect the stock wheels to be light, but they sure aren't
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Old 04-02-10, 07:21 PM
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They are very good wheels, they were best in class for quite a while (imo) but there is a lot of competition now from manufactures like Soul and Williams. 800$ is not too bad a price for them also.
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Very strong should you crash. Very stiff. Very light for aluminum. Good looking. Good resale value.
I'd say they're keepers.
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Keep 'em. Great everyday road wheel.
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They're great wheels, super light and sturdy.
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You are a bike shop dream.

Anyway the ES is a great wheelset (I have them), yet often maligned due to the MRSP for what you get. They were produced around 2008 for the anniversary of the Helium, and then morphed into the Premium in recent years. You just have to make sure the freehub is removed and oiled about once every 1000 miles. Really easy to do but clearly you will take it in for that. They were available from Nashbar at the end of their production for just over $500 for the set. These are old stock the shop was happy to sell off (that doesn't mean anything negative).

Of course for $800 you can get the same weight wheelset but also very aero, or actually the 2010 Ksyrium Premium can be found for that price (they also don't have cool red hubs or spoke). But don't reflect, just enjoy them.

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You've bought a set of lightweight, pretty robust wheels. You'll appreciate them on local climbs - go ride the heck out of them, and never mind the second guessing on BF.
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Originally Posted by sfrider View Post
Keep 'em. Great everyday road wheel.
Correct. Bulletproof, pretty light, pretty stiff.
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They're great wheels, sorta light and sturdy.
Fixed.
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Always better to ask first if you don't know, and THEN make a decision. Otherwise, don't ask. As an above poster mentioned, you're the guy bike shops hope for every time a new prospective customer walks through the door. You might want to ponder why that it and what it means. =) Enjoy the wheels. Thousands of people have owned and I'm sure loved those wheels.

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So you've got a $3k bike and new $800 wheels and you can't swap them out yourself?
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So you've got a $3k bike and new $800 wheels and you can't swap them out yourself?
Not everyone has a chainwhip.
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i ended up returning them. i figured i spent enough money on the bike, and the bike works, so i couldn't justify the price. perhaps once the stock shimano's go, then i'll upgrade the wheels.

now that i'm back home though and reading the replies, i kinda wish i kept them. i'll sleep on it and perhaps go back tomorrow and re-buy them...installation is free so i figured why not have the shop install them.
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My ESs have over ten thousand miles and have never been out of true or ha the hub serviced.
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actually it was $860 out to door, after tax. speaking of tax, i have to do mine soon...oh man, it's gonna like pulling teeth
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I can install my own tires and tubes, but removing/installing cassettes is such a rare event, that I dont find it useful to buy the parts to do so, when I can pay the shop 20 bucks to swap the cassette for me. It's done right, and it's done quickly. Sure I could do it myself for free, but 20 bucks for a cassette swap and and truing if the wheels require it is just fine for me.
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i ended up returning them. i figured i spent enough money on the bike, and the bike works, so i couldn't justify the price. perhaps once the stock shimano's go, then i'll upgrade the wheels.

now that i'm back home though and reading the replies, i kinda wish i kept them. i'll sleep on it and perhaps go back tomorrow and re-buy them...installation is free so i figured why not have the shop install them.
what are you looking for in a new wheelset before you go back?
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i'm looking for speed, lightweight, and cheap price. these mavic's fit the bill. i just didn't have all these great replies before i stepped out of my door this evening.
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I can install my own tires and tubes, but removing/installing cassettes is such a rare event, that I dont find it useful to buy the parts to do so, when I can pay the shop 20 bucks to swap the cassette for me. It's done right, and it's done quickly. Sure I could do it myself for free, but 20 bucks for a cassette swap and and truing if the wheels require it is just fine for me.
fwiw, a chain whip and lockring tool can cost less than $20. I guess there's something to be said for not having tools to lose, but if a job costs more for the shop to do than buying the tools, I just buy the tools.
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