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Yet another wheelset Inquiry & a note on DG(8 posts)

Yet another wheelset Inquiry & a note on DGCrankist
Sep 7, 2001 3:09 PM
I am a first year rider, pounding away the miles on a 2001 Lemond Zurich, having a heck of a lot of fun. I also love good equipment and am planning as a major upgrade a set of Sestrieres. The Vector Comps seem sluggish so the lighter wheels are attractive. I've heard that the Sest's ride stiff but this bike rides pretty "soft" so the stiffness is probably OK. I am a small human cow at 6', 190 lbs. Would I & my blubber load smoosh these things down to the frame? - Or more seriously - can I expect a good lifespan from these?
Are replacement parts going to be a future problem? Can I switch back and forth with the Vector Comps, without derailleur adjustments?
Also replacement suggestions are welcome.
My experience with other Discussion Groups are billiards-related (my other obsession is 9-ball) and I gotta say that this DG is far more helpful and yes, informative. This is a welcome change. And thanks.
Have Fun,
Mike Mc. (Albq., NM)
Consider KsyriumsEric
Sep 7, 2001 4:03 PM
I have no real experience with the Rolf Sestrieres, but the local shop has a had a couple pair in the wheelstand when I have been around and I have been less than impressed with the spoke tension. The mechanics say they need a lot of attention. I am about 168 lbs and I would not consider them for myself. The low spoke count and average tension seem like trouble.

As for the Vector Comps, they are a decent mid-range wheel. I believe the hubs are not of the greatest quality, perhaps Taiwanese, compared to the Hugi built hubs on the Vector Pros and Sestrieres.

I have a pair of Ksyrium clinchers which I have had excellent service from this season. I have raced them on some rough roads and they have been bombproof. I did manage to put a nasty dent in the front when I hit a rock while in the middle of the pack at 70 km/h, but that was just bad luck and not reflective of the wheel's strength. If anything, I was impressed at how little the wheel was out of true from the hit. I did bend the braking track back and ride it (it had a little bit of a hop), but I was able to get a replacement rim for only $75 Cdn. Much better for peace of mind.

With any of these wheels having a Shimano HG freehub body, you will not need to adjust your rear derailleur.
I have Rolf S's........Len J
Sep 11, 2001 3:29 AM
and have found them bulletproof.

Put about 3500 miles on them, including 400+ miles in Alaska on various roads from Freeway to gravel and cold & wet conditions, with zero truing problems. As you note they are stiffer than what you are used to. I weigh 160 lbs & have not flexed them at all.

Pluses: Bulletproof, Light, Great hubs.
Minuses: Workmanship wasn't as good as I would have liked. (rim weld was not as smooth as expected) Worry about parts. Can get water in rim when riding in the rain. (more of a pain than a problem.

Ksyriums for less....C-40
Sep 8, 2001 1:54 PM
If you do get Ksyriums, don't pay $800 (plus tax or shipping). You can get them (delivered) for $540 or less from or I got mine from totalcycling, delivered in 8 days. They've been great wheels so far.
Ksyriums for less....Crankist
Sep 10, 2001 7:29 PM
Thanks "C", totalcycling seems to have the best prices so far, and that's where I'll but 'em if I cant find the Velomax Orion Comps at a fair web discount. Reviews and comments have steered me away from the Ses's - I'm down to these two now. This purchase represents a fair chunk of saving so I'm happy for the input.
Have Fun, Mike
K's...keith m
Sep 8, 2001 5:20 PM
get them at for $423. I bought some and I'm loving them.
Sep 10, 2001 7:21 PM
Keith, thanks for the response. Probikekit doesn't now seem to offer pricing anywhere near $423.
Have Fun, Mike
re: Yet another wheelset Inquiry & a note on DGbhague
Sep 9, 2001 5:12 PM
Mike, I'm 42 and back on the bike after a 10-yr hiatus (I raced in another life, many years ago). I rode about 1,000 miles this summer on a Specialized Allez Sport w/full Ultegra, incl. hubs mated to Mavic CXP-33 rims w/Spec. Turbo tires. By the end of that time, I was averaging 15+ mph on 25-70 mile training rides.

I just bought a pair of Velomax Orion clinchers that came with free Michelin Axial Pro's and Mich. ultralight tubes. The wheels weigh 1530 gms w/o skewers, and cost $680 from Performance (you can buy direct or get more info at I put on a Dura-Ace cassette and Performance TI skewers. I rode a century this weekend on the wheels and averaged almost 17 mph. The wheels shaved about 1 1/2 lbs. off my stock setup, and were perfectly comfortable on rough roads w/my alum. frame and fork. I'm 5'11" and weigh about 200 lbs. I'd encourage you to check them out before you buy, including the reviews on this site.

Brian Hague