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Old 03-21-11, 09:58 AM   #1
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mavic ellipse rear ok for regular street use?

im about 150lbs, and not particularly rough on my ride, but hit bumps and cracks and potholes as often as the next guy. Will a Mavic Ellipse be up to regular general fixed street use?

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i do not own (yet) mavic ellipses, but i have done some research/googlin' and from what ive read they are well built, strong wheels....albeit track specific. i think it should be fine. ive been looking to buy a set of these mainly because i wanted a wheelset meant for a track build im working on (track as in for going to the velodrome) but adequate for road use....

although i have no first hand experience, so i would wait for someone else who owns these to say they would work for the road.
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I doubt their would be much of a problem. They are not going to take the abuse of a 32 (or 36) spoke wheel, but they are not exactly light or fragile either. A heavy guy on a rough road might have a problem, but at your weight I doubt you would have a problem unless you took a really bad hit.

(I ride mine on the road sometimes, but not on a rough unknown route - mine are mostly for the track.)
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They are fine even for big guys. I commuted through Baltimore on mine. I know a guy that weighs more than me that uses them on the same roads daily.

They are freaky strong to be 20 spokes.

Freaky strong.
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I had em ran em for a while and I weight well about 220# I eventually sold em as I needed money
they are as everyone else says freakishly strong
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