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Mavic Ksyrium SL are they any good?

Old 11-15-11, 11:13 AM
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Mavic Ksyrium SL are they any good?

I have an opportunity to buy a set of 2012 Mavic Ksyrium SL, I dont have any experience with Mavic wheels. But read some good things about the Ksyriums. if you have experience with these wheels any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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I bought a set a couple of months ago and I am very happy.
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excellent wheels!!!
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They are ok but if you are paying anywhere near retail you could do much better, or you could do just as well for much less.

I would say they are "worth" about 500-600 bucks, not the 1K retail.
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I love mine, but I feel they are a bit steep at $1000. I didn't pay retail for mine though. Agree with datlas, you could do just as well for much less.
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I luv 'em, especially since I weigh a lot. Didn't pay full price though.
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I have 2011 Ksyrium Elite. They're not a lot heavier and are significantly cheaper. I weigh 175 and expect these wheels to be very durable even though I hit cobblestones daily.

I like the wheels a lot. I felt crosswinds the first few times I rode them and ~700 miles later it's not an issue.
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I like mine, but payed about 550$. 1000$ is way too much for what they are
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I have a set of 2006 SSC SL's that are bombproof. Or at least curbproof. I have at least 25K miles on them, have bashed them against curbs, through potholes, and raced the worst roads in NorCal on them. Replaced the bearings last year and they are still going strong.

They're not the most aero, but if you want a stiff, strong, relatively light wheel for training or crit racing, they are great wheels. (But, I wouldn't pay retail for them.)
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I've been riding mine for a year now, put about 4k miles on them. Not one problem with them, been on some absolutely horrible roads too. I also bought them 1/2 price for them just barely used.
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They're good wheels and I have owned a pair before.

Just be sure to regularly lube and check the spoke/nipple interface. It is aluminum on aluminum and will oxidize quite readily.
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They're good wheels and I have owned a pair before.

Just be sure to regularly lube and check the spoke/nipple interface. It is aluminum on aluminum and will oxidize quite readily.
Huh?
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solid wheels, but i agree with the above, $1k is a lot for them, you can do as good for less. if you're getting them for less, go for it.
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Cool thanks for all the info, I wouldn't pay retail for them either.
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Originally Posted by Rob13 View Post
Cool thanks for all the info, I wouldn't pay retail for them either.
OK, spill the beans....how much are you paying?!?

If it's less than $550 I say go for it. $550-650 is probably ok, above $650 you could do better.
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Originally Posted by Gluteus View Post
Huh?
it rusts together.

Usually not a problem as they are so bombproof and rarely need to be trued.
I own a set that I have had for about 3 years. Both wheels are ever so slightly out of true.
Upon trying to true the wheels, I discovered that every single spoke/nipple interface was frozen.

This is a common problem due to the materials employed at this interface, but it can be easily avoided with routine maintenance.
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it rusts together.

Usually not a problem as they are so bombproof and rarely need to be trued.
I own a set that I have had for about 3 years. Both wheels are ever so slightly out of true.
Upon trying to true the wheels, I discovered that every single spoke/nipple interface was frozen.

This is a common problem due to the materials employed at this interface, but it can be easily avoided with routine maintenance.
Yep, I drop some very light oil (LPS1) on the nipple/spoke interface on my Ksyrium ES and SSC SL wheelsets as part of my routine maintenance. If you do this and also clean and lube the FTS-L freehubs every six months or so (or depending on mileage), the wheels are gonna last a long time.

Solid wheelsets, those Mavics.
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Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
I have 2011 Ksyrium Elite. They're not a lot heavier and are significantly cheaper. I weigh 175 and expect these wheels to be very durable even though I hit cobblestones daily.

I like the wheels a lot. I felt crosswinds the first few times I rode them and ~700 miles later it's not an issue.
Same here. '11 Elites. 90% of the SL's, but at about 2/3s cost. I paid $600. for mine.

SL's are excellent wheels. I couldn't afford them. I wouldn't pay that much for a set of SL's when I have the same wheel for a lot less with only a 70g penalty. Main differences: Spoke material and carbon on the hubs. Rims are identical.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I have a set of 2006 SSC SL's that are bombproof. Or at least curbproof. I have at least 25K miles on them, have bashed them against curbs, through potholes, and raced the worst roads in NorCal on them. Replaced the bearings last year and they are still going strong.

They're not the most aero, but if you want a stiff, strong, relatively light wheel for training or crit racing, they are great wheels. (But, I wouldn't pay retail for them.)
Ditto. Although mine might be 2007 as they came with my 2007 bike.
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Same here. '11 Elites. 90% of the SL's, but at about 2/3s cost. I paid $600. for mine.

SL's are excellent wheels. I couldn't afford them. I wouldn't pay that much for a set of SL's when I have the same wheel for a lot less with only a 70g penalty. Main differences: Spoke material and carbon on the hubs. Rims are identical.
From all I hear, the Elites are as good as the SLs. I've recently seen Elites for $400, so don't go paying $600 for them. Seems like they sometimes go on sale in the dead of winter for a good bit less than $400.

I have a set of 2007 SLs. Have only ridden them about 350 miles, but they are nice and stiff. I like them for climbing.
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As a bit heavier rider at 220 lbs. I consider my SL wheels very good. I advised my wife at 125 lbs. she does not need them, maybe go with the Elite wheels.
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The Elite is even tougher than the SL because of the spoke and hub material. In fact I could've sworn that the SL used to list a weight limit of no more than 220 pounds, but I don't see that now on Mavic's site.

I bought my wife some Boyd 30mm Rolleur wheels.
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How do Easton EA90 SL compare to the Mavics?
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Originally Posted by MrTuner1970 View Post
From all I hear, the Elites are as good as the SLs. I've recently seen Elites for $400, so don't go paying $600 for them. Seems like they sometimes go on sale in the dead of winter for a good bit less than $400.

I have a set of 2007 SLs. Have only ridden them about 350 miles, but they are nice and stiff. I like them for climbing.
I saw Elites going for $400. They were Campy and Silver. And, they were 2010's.
Different graphics. Even still, one will not find a better wheelset for $400.
I'd totally get a silver set for a trainer if I could find them at that price when I build one.

I was really tempted to settle for the 2010's for a while for $100. less, but I just had to have the 2011's (and early in the year). I struggled with paying 80% of what my bike cost just for a set of wheels and I had a knot in my stomach when I went to go pick up my bike, but when they rolled it out and I took it for a spin, $600. didn't seem like anything. Then, when he put it on the scale (what!) I was like .

I'm ridiculously frugal, but I have no qualms about paying MSRP for something I can't get any cheaper (at that time I couldn't) and something I just have to have. Even then, at $600., I got it for $75. off MSRP and that was no tax, out the door, mounted (cassette & tires installed).

Now, there are Ksyrium "Equipes" that regularly go for $400.
And unlike the relationship between the SL's and the Elites,
they are distinctively different.

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Originally Posted by Rob13 View Post
How do Easton EA90 SL compare to the Mavics?
I researched a ton before buying.

I read of a lot of people breaking spokes on Eastons. I did not find nearly as many complaints about Mavic Ksyriums. In fact the opposite, I found many people saying they were tanks and very durable for heavy riders-- in fact, wastefully heavy for riders under 200 pounds. Obviously it's a box section rim, which is out of fashion now in a world of dished rims.

Another Easton complaint I saw is that some people have a ton of trouble fitting tires to them. I'm not sure if some rims are oversized a hair, or if it's just a symptom of using a really tough to fit tire like a Gatorskin or Durano HS. (Pretty sure I recall someone in Texas who had Gatorskins.)

Third reason to buy Ksyriums: they are road tubeless ready. The spoke doesn't go through the rim, yet for some reason Mavic doesn't list UST as a feature unlike the Crossmax wheels which have the same spoke & rim design. In the Spring I am dismounting my GP 4 Seasons, buying Stans valves, sealant and some Hutchinson Fusion 3 road tubeless!
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