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Best Climbing Wheelset???(11 posts)

Best Climbing Wheelset???TJohn
Mar 13, 2001 12:42 AM
Hey all,
I would like to know which wheelset is the best climbers. I have a 00 Klein Quantum Race w/ Rolf Vector Comps. They seem like good everyday wheels but a little slow in the hills. So if I were to get an extra set for weekend rides with the group (yeah, I'm a little too competitive) that will allow me to climb the fastest, which wheelset should I get?? I am looking at the Velomax Orion Pro, Ascent Pro, Rolf Sestierre, and Mavic Ksyriums. BTW, I am 175lbs and I don't think I am a wheel abuser. Thanks and Ride On!
re: Best Climbing Wheelset???ChrisA
Mar 13, 2001 4:05 AM
I've got the Ksyriums and I think they climb great. They are very stiff, no flex. I've used them on Mt. Washington with good results.
re: Best Climbing Wheelset???MMaggi
Mar 13, 2001 5:49 AM
The 2001 Velomax Ascent Pros are carbon tubulars that weigh in at less than 1300g and that's with a 38mm dish. Great for climbing, pretty good for the straights and not too curvey roads when decending.

Have you considered the Campy Nucleons? The low profile tubulars weigh in at about 1530g and are born climbers. The clinchers weigh in at 1580g and are great for climbing too.

The Mavic Ks are great choice too.
re: Best Climbing Wheelset???Paul N. VA
Mar 13, 2001 10:40 AM
I have both heliums and ksyriums. Both climb great, but the heliums are lighter. Colorado Cyclist has the heliums for 399.00, and Mavic will support them for years to come.

re: Best Climbing Wheelset???Nate
Mar 13, 2001 8:04 PM
I would tend to question the durability of the Heliums for hill riding with a guy of 175lbs. I think the stiffness of the frame you're using combined with a rider's weight dictates the force you're transferring to your wheels. I'd definitely consider this before purchasing these wheels for hill riding. For example, I've watched my riding buddy (~180lbs) nearly pancake his rear Helium with his Klein Quantum Pro frame while cranking up some long hills. He'd have to open his brake quite abit to keep the rubbing minimized, then one day while romping up a steep section...whammo...a broken spoke and an almost unrepairable rim.

If you've got a flexy frame soaking up some of the forces you transfer to your wheels, I think the Heliums seem to be a good choice. If you're into mega-stiff frames, get something beefier (Nucleons, Ksyriums), I think you'll be happier in the long run...
I have two friends in the same weight classPaul N. VA
Mar 14, 2001 3:02 AM
Interesting about your friends experience. I've never seen that with my friends who are around that weight. I'm 164 lbs. Checking Mavic's web site in the past, I've never seen weight limititations on the heliums. I suppose there is always the exception with any wheel sets.

ksyrium as an optionsteveq
Mar 13, 2001 11:29 AM
i'm 170 lbs and i'm definitely a wheel abuser. after a year's worth of pounding my ksyriums are true round and supremely suited to both climbing and all-around riding. there's a whole heck of a lot of really nice wheels out there but the ksyriums do the job for me. (imho)...... steve
re: Best Climbing Wheelset???Ian
Mar 13, 2001 7:27 PM
If you meant the Ascent Pro and not the Comp, then I would say there is no question here. Get the Pro. Carbon tubular rim and weight of around 1300 grams for the pair. If you meant the Comp, then it will kind of fall to your preference. I am sure you would be able to find people here who can say good things about all of these wheels. I have many friends who ride Ksyriums and they all love them. I thought about getting them, but everyone has them. So I will be ordering Ascent Comps later this week.
re: Best Climbing Wheelset???ColnagoFE
Mar 15, 2001 12:21 PM
are you campy or shimano? i would think a campy nucleon would be hard to beat for a boutique wheel though to be honest you could probably build up a set with record hubs and comparable rims for a lot less $.
re: Best Climbing Wheelset???Wild Bill
Mar 16, 2001 5:57 AM
re: Best Climbing Wheelset???Wild Bill
Mar 16, 2001 6:01 AM
I have use Rolf Vector Pro's for 2 years now. I am a 185lbs. rider and I have had no problemes. I ride a 5500 USPS. This year I will be riding the 5900 with the Rolf Sestriere. I have played with this wheel set and I think it will be a very good hill climing wheel.