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Mavic Open Pro or CXP33??(6 posts)

Mavic Open Pro or CXP33??templecat
Sep 18, 2001 12:11 PM
Anyone ridden both? Is the aero worth the extra grams?


gee, used to ask this same question before....I Love Shimano
Sep 18, 2001 5:08 PM
Exactly the same question I had when I was buying a bike 8 months ago. Well, from what I have read (don't know if writers were credible enough), the CXP 33 is not aero enough to be of consequence (I repeat, this is not firsthand data). Although bombproof, the CXP 33 is 50 (or is it a 100?) grams heavier per pair than the Open Pro. Opting for the Open Pro will save you rotational weight which is more beneficial than the slight aero advantage of the CXP 33. Hence, the Open Pro would be a smarter choice than the CXP 33, considering that the Open Pro is lighter and as (if not more) bombproof as the CXP 33.

I wanted to get the CXPs at first because it looked cooler than the Open Pros, but I've read so many rave reviews and heard so many good things about the OPs.

Ask around, I've seen many others ask this question too. Check out the archives, you might find someother answers.
re: Mavic Open Pro or CXP33??cyclequip
Sep 19, 2001 12:37 AM
Better advice would be for you to select your rim according to your type of riding - if you ride predominantly hilly terrain on good roads - get the Open Pro's - speeds are lower, aerodynamics less important, spin-up is a factor. If you ride at higher speeds (or bad roads) get the CXP33 - it is definitely more aero and MUCH stronger than the OP - so you can run it with less spokes, radial spoke the front etc to overcome the overall mass deficiency. But at speed it's better to ride the extra aero rather than opt for lighter weight.
how fat are you?Red Barn
Sep 15, 2001 10:28 AM
If yare a porker get the cxp33s
Open pro survived a massive pothole todayChris Zeller
Sep 19, 2001 2:34 PM
Today while riding at about 20mph I hit a huge pothole. The hole was on the oppisite side of a small rise that obscured the hole until it was too late. The hole was 6-8" deep and 6" wide. I was shocked that I didn't wreck, then shocked that my wheels looked ok. I pulled over just to check that they were still true. Everything was alright.

I don't have any experience with the CXP33s, but the OPs with Dura Ace or Record hubs seems like the most cost effective performance wheel out there. And definately strong enough.
Open pro survived a massive pothole todayBarry
Sep 21, 2001 4:45 PM
I live in northern New Jersey where potholes are the rule rather than the exception. I've put almost 1000 miles on a set of Open Pros in less than a year with no troubles what so ever. I am constantly amazed that they remain true regardless of how many dips, bumps, craters or curbs I have hit. I think they are a fabulous value and a terrific product. They are 32 spoke laced to Record hubs, with Panaracer Stradius tires. They have been a great combination.