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Old 03-04-05, 07:07 AM
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Mavic Heliums

So, what is wrong with the Heliums? I have been on them for at least four years, and very time I tell someone that I ride them, I get the look. I am a 190lb gear masher, and have never had a problem with them. So why is this wheelset hated so much.
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they're tubies. Thats just my guess. I dont know anyone that runs tubulars in training. Maybe they're jelous. if they're red though...dont pay any attention. they're cool looking.
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I'm guessing (heck thats what I do half the time here anyway) that
it has to do with the stories of them collapsing, being finicky and needing
to be trued after every 5 mile ride etc.
That and they are NOT the latest greatest High Zoot, 4 spoked, high
tension boutique wheel of the week.
I run Tubulars all the time, alot of us do. The only Clinchers I have is a set
on my old trek (original equiptment), and a pair for riding rollers.

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My Heliums are clinchers witn Tufo tubular clinchers. I have many hunders of miles on my set and have them checked once, the front was the worst of the two.
Marty, you don't like tubular on the roller? I like them once, but not any more if you know what I am saying ( it rolled on me).
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Originally Posted by dwatson
So, what is wrong with the Heliums? I have been on them for at least four years, and very time I tell someone that I ride them, I get the look. I am a 190lb gear masher, and have never had a problem with them. So why is this wheelset hated so much.
Ks are the new high zoot hoops for the posing crowd.Heliums are just old school,but probably what started the boutique wheel fad.
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My wife rode them 4 years before she switched to a 650 bike. The Heliums were good wheels but a lot of riders had problems keeping the rear wheel true. I had to true the wife's rear wheel twice a year, otherwise they were fine wheels and actually lighter than the original Ksyriums. They were available in clincher or tubular, Shimano or Campy. The front wheel is unique in that it has 26 spokes, I think MAVIC still supplies spare parts for Heliums.

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Dwatson,
Please excuse my poor excuse for grammar and writing skills.
The only time I use that set of wheels (campy Omicrom) is for
roller work, and not very much at that. I ride my sprinters on
the rollers the only thing I don't like about that is the noise
from the file tread pattern on the Alu drums.
You rolled a tire while on Rollers? how'd that happen?
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The gule heated up and let loss. It was the frist and the last time for me
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I've seen a couple of helium sets for sale on Ebay that had eyelet issues ... meaning that one of the spokes pulled through an eyelet and broke the rim. This of course could be from several attempts to true the wheel without taking tension off first.

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Originally Posted by geneman
I've seen a couple of helium sets for sale on Ebay that had eyelet issues ... meaning that one of the spokes pulled through an eyelet and broke the rim. This of course could be from several attempts to true the wheel without taking tension off first.

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More likely a problem with chug holes or jumping curbs. No need to de-tension a wheel to true it.
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