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Old 06-21-10, 08:03 PM
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Components or Wheels

Choice A: Ultegra drivetrain & brakes, Mavic Aksium Race
Choice B: 105 draintrain, Tektro brakes, Mavic Ksyrium Elite

All else equal. Which would you choose?
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Old 06-21-10, 08:05 PM
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What are you using the bike for?
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Old 06-21-10, 08:17 PM
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Is it the new 105? If so... whichever gives you less weigh total.

If not, I'm assuming it's the newer Ultegra... Get that.
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Old 06-21-10, 08:25 PM
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A. Wheels are easy to change later and you will probably want to upgrade even the elite wheels.
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Old 06-21-10, 08:36 PM
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i have not had much success with tektro brakes.
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Old 06-21-10, 08:36 PM
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A. Neither of those wheel options is anything special.
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Old 06-21-10, 08:58 PM
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Full Rival set with the nicer wheels
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Old 06-21-10, 09:13 PM
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Old 06-21-10, 10:04 PM
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You can do much better than those wheels for the price.
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A...with hand built wheels.
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Suggestions for wheels? Under $1k?
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Nothing wrong with Tektro - use them on all three bikes.
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Was going to use wheels for bargaining. One bike comes with the Aksium races. The other comes with Shimano RS10s which I hear are shiite. The shop was willing to upgrade it to Ksyriums for the price difference.

Maybe I'll just sell the RS10s and buy online. Read good reviews on the ROL Race SLs for $600ish. Lots of posts around here pushing Psimets as well.

I'm 185 lbs. My rides are very hilly.
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Neither, both are bad choices.
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
A. Wheels are easy to change later and you will probably want to upgrade even the elite wheels.
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I vote A given these two choices. Aksium's are now around 1780 grams which is not bad at all and are solid wheels. According to an online custom wheel build calculator, an Ultegra hub/Mavic Open Pro/14-15 db spoke custom wheel costs more than the Aksium, and is 130 grams heavier.

Or in BF fashion of neither, I vote C. Campagnolo Athena 11, Mavic Aksium or the closeout Campagnolo Scirroco wheels.

Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
Suggestions for wheels? Under $1k?
Wait - if that's just your wheel budget then why the Aksium? I'm not sure of what was going on from your post above.

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Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
Was going to use wheels for bargaining. One bike comes with the Aksium races. The other comes with Shimano RS10s which I hear are shiite. The shop was willing to upgrade it to Ksyriums for the price difference.

Maybe I'll just sell the RS10s and buy online. Read good reviews on the ROL Race SLs for $600ish. Lots of posts around here pushing Psimets as well.

I'm 185 lbs. My rides are very hilly.
Lose weight and...

Dura-Ace WH-7850 C24-CL (1440g real world weight, carbon, clinchers, Dura-Ace quality) for wheels.
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Old 06-22-10, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
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I vote A given these two choices. Aksium's are now around 1780 grams which is not bad at all and are solid wheels. According to an online custom wheel build calculator, an Ultegra hub/Mavic Open Pro/14-15 db spoke custom wheel costs more than the Aksium, and is 130 grams heavier.

Or in BF fashion of neither, I vote C. Campagnolo Athena 11, Mavic Aksium or the closeout Campagnolo Scirroco wheels.
1780g is Mavic's claimed weight. I have never seen a Mavic wheel (I own two sets btw) come remotely close to their claimed weight.
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B, if I have to choose one of those two options.

Sram Force if I could make a suggestion.
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B.

That is what I ride, and I upgraded from RS10s to Mavic Elites. They are very nice wheels and weight around 1555g and cost around $600. I know everyone here says that Mavic overpriced but I think they are great.
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Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
Suggestions for wheels? Under $1k?
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Old 06-22-10, 09:15 AM
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105 is more than fine
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
Wait - if that's just your wheel budget then why the Aksium? I'm not sure of what was going on from your post above.
$1K is the wheel budget if I sell off the stock wheels and order online.

The choices I originally gave are what I can easily get from wheeling & dealing at the shop. The Aksiums are standard on the higher spec'd bike.

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Old 06-22-10, 10:55 AM
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I just had a set of wheels built for my wife with Chris Kings R45 hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes and Kinlin 27 mm rims. Cost less than $1000 and weighs about 1500 grams.

Ligero Wheels is another great option for sub-$1,000 aluminum rim wheels.
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Lose weight and...

Dura-Ace WH-7850 C24-CL (1440g real world weight, carbon, clinchers, Dura-Ace quality) for wheels.[/QUOTE]

+1 ........ approx. $670. at Chain Reaction
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