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Wheels - what to buy???

Old 03-04-05, 01:01 AM
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Wheels - what to buy???

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I can't make up my mind between a set of Bontrager Race X Lites or a set of Mavic Ksyrium Elites as race (not training). Any suggestions? The X Lites are lighter but will they last and are they as aerodynamic? Any advice appreciated.
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I have heard good things about the X-lites. Although, as one who has questioned the reliability of Mavics in the past, they do seem to have a fairly good rep for being a hearty wheel.
As race, well, I guess I would wonder what kind of racing I was going to do. I think the Mavics are more aero with a deeper V, so they would be a little faster. But, the X-lites I think are a little better for climbing. So, it depends on what terrain you want to race in. If it was flat land racing mainly, I think I might opt for the Ksyriums, if those were my only two choices.
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Thanks for that. i was going to use a set of old wheels for training. The new rims would be races but I'm not a comp[etitive cyclist - first third of the field stuff. Most of the terrain would be undulating to hilly so the X Lites would be better from your comment.
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Mavics deeper V ? At best I would call it a U. I donít think itís deeper either.
Iíd stick to the Bontrager. Think itís a better pair of wheel.
The Race Lite would be more comparable to the Elite

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What about the Easton/Velomax (05 it is Easton) Circuit? Less expensive than either set and lighter than the Mavics. I have the 04 and love them. 1650g for the pair, 28mm aero section (it is a V) and they retail between $450-$500. If you want to spend more money go for the Tempest (most aero wheel in the line and 1500g) or the Orion (1477g).

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I can ditto the Circuit recommendation. Very stiff, very bomb-proof. The hubs are very low friction and the freehub works well.
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Everybody and their dog has told me that Rolf wheels are bombproof and stiff. Not sure how deep of a rim you want, but I'm about this -> <- far from ordering a set.
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Thanks for thre info. It helps a lot. Should have said I'm buying a new bike and the dealer has those wheels as my immediate choices. I'm not a heavy rider so probably the lighter X Lites will last. The feeling seems to be that they're more of a go than the Ksyrium Elites.
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Both are good sets but not really on par with each other. The Elites are comparable to the Race Lites and the Ksyrium SSC SL's are in line with Race X-Lites.

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Another great and very light choice: Topolino @ 1383 grams.
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Love my Bontragers!
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I have Bonty Race-Lites and like them so far, but haven't put enough miles on them yet.
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I have race x lite areos and love them (220 pounds, 6'6"...) and reasonable light 1710 grams.

Since our race team is sponsered by rolf vigor I went to my LBS and got to try a pair of their areo wheelset (1400 grams). They are awsome and strong but the race x lites are better for everyday use. I am actually considering a pair for race use.

What kind of racing are you talking about (tt's, crits, rr's)? That can make a difference in the wheelset that you get...
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Using them for road racing and fun rides. 70-200km rides. I'll use older wheels for training.
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Originally Posted by my58vw
Since our race team is sponsered by rolf vigor I went to my LBS and got to try a pair of their areo wheelset (1400 grams). They are awsome and strong but the race x lites are better for everyday use. I am actually considering a pair for race use.
Which Rolf wheelset are you referring to?

I've had the Race Lites, Race X-Lites, the Race X-Lites Aero's and the Rolf Prima Vigors. All 4 are very good wheelsets - capable of being used everyday. However, I'm not 6'6" and 220 lbs. Still, they are all very durable. I am at the point where I am literally trashing my Race Lites on my commuter - yet they are holding up very well.

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Since weight and aero are important to you I thought you might enjoy this read. I was actually a little suprised with the results.

http://www.biketechreview.com/archive/wheel_theory.htm
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
What about the Easton/Velomax (05 it is Easton) Circuit? Less expensive than either set and lighter than the Mavics. I have the 04 and love them. 1650g for the pair, 28mm aero section (it is a V) and they retail between $450-$500. If you want to spend more money go for the Tempest (most aero wheel in the line and 1500g) or the Orion (1477g).


I got set of 04 circuits to train on and i love em. they are faster then my Mavic Sls and ride way sweet. im gonna sell my 05 Mavic Sl and get the Orion for race. the hubs blow Mavic away. i bought the 04 Circuits brand new for $350.00 of ebay.
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Originally Posted by rdbk05
Hi
I can't make up my mind between a set of Bontrager Race X Lites or a set of Mavic Ksyrium Elites as race (not training). Any suggestions? The X Lites are lighter but will they last and are they as aerodynamic? Any advice appreciated.


These are going on Ebay for $565.00 buy now.
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I've had the Race Lites, Race X-Lites, the Race X-Lites Aero's and the Rolf Prima Vigors. All 4 are very good wheelsets - capable of being used everyday. However, I'm not 6'6" and 220 lbs. Still, they are all very durable. I am at the point where I am literally trashing my Race Lites on my commuter - yet they are holding up very well.

Rolf vigor Prima 1455 grams per pair, we can get a substantial discount on them, that is why I tried them... awsome wheelset... would be perfect for racing.
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Originally Posted by fsor
I can ditto the Circuit recommendation. Very stiff, very bomb-proof. The hubs are very low friction and the freehub works well.
ditto again on those. i also really like how quiet the freehub is, in comparison to others i've heard. plus, it's nice to have a set of wheels without the bontrager red line on the hub.

(and i got mine with b/w stickers, instead of the crazy red and black ones)
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Originally Posted by 2Rodies
Since weight and aero are important to you I thought you might enjoy this read. I was actually a little suprised with the results.

http://www.biketechreview.com/archive/wheel_theory.htm

The results surprised me too. Aerodynamics is more important than weight. Everyone's been telling me that weight's the key. The Bonti Race X Lite is supposed to be have about a third less cross resistance than the Mavic.
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