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Mavic Heliumsamadablam
Dec 4, 2001 1:50 AM
I am pretty new to road cycling having just recently made the transition from MTB'ing. I am currently looking at purchasing a pair of Mavic Heliums but have been hearing conflicting reports regarding the use and durability of these wheels with larger riders. I am 6'2" and close to 14stone, I will be using these wheels as my main wheels as for now I do not intend to race. I would really appreciate any personal experiences or advice regarding these wheels.
Many thanks,
I've had pretty good luck with thempmf1
Dec 4, 2001 4:36 AM
Got them about 4 years ago. Back then they were considered a fairly light wheel. These days, I don't think they're much lighter (if any) than a regular Open Pro rim and DA or Record hub. The latter are easier to repair and might be cheaper (Heliums are being closed out).

As far as the wheels themselves, I've only had to tighten one loose spoke. Some of the eyelets fell off, but no big deal. I have no idea what a stone weighs, but I weigh 87 kilos.

If you have a red bike, they look nice.
Iwouldn't use heliums at you weightPaul
Dec 4, 2001 5:33 AM
Adam, 14 stone is 196 lbs. I have heliums, but weight 160 lbs. Heliums are a fancy open pro with less spokes, but they are straight pull spokesl for strength. I know riders around 185 lbs who have had good luck, but you have to remember these wheels are really designed for light weight pros. The weak area on the wheels is the nipples where I've heard they can be stripped if not tensioned correctly. Personnaly, If I were you, I would look for a stronger wheel, like an open pro 32 spoke 14 gage rear, 14/15 butted front with dura ace hubs. A little heavier, but just as fast.

Maybe some heavy weight riders can chime in.

good luck
re: Mavic HeliumsWayne
Dec 4, 2001 6:03 AM
I've been riding a pair of tubular Heliums for cross since the latter part of last season, I weight about 165 lbs. They've been checked twice this year for trueness 1st time no adjustment needed, the 2nd time only a very minor adjustment of the front wheel, and there have been some really rough bumpy courses this year. I can't imagine a road wheel would see anything like the abuse my wheels have received unless you're aiming for the potholes.
re: Mavic HeliumsB2
Dec 4, 2001 1:45 PM
I weigh in around 190lbs. Had a pair of Heliums and sold them. When I stood up and pedaled hard the wheel flexed and rubbed on the brake pads.

Bought a pair of Hugi 240/32h Open Pro/DT Rev 3x. Weigh less than Heliums and no probs since I bought them 12 mos ago.
Jeckyl and Hydegimondi
Dec 4, 2001 4:50 PM
Our experience was they either worked great or were trashed beyond hope in a few months. Guys over 200 definitely had problems with these wheels. The rim IS an open pro, so you have to think to yourself 'would I build and open pro rim 28 spoke rear?' if you are 175 you might still say yes, at 200 you should think real hard about it. My issue is that for the same money you could buy a wheelset with same rim and spoke and infinitely better hubset like Chris King or Campagnolo Record, as we found that hubset to be cherry out of the box, and nice and crunchy a year later.

I would look at a custom build or at Dave's Speeddreams for less money.

Funny, I remember lusting for these when they came out because they were so light, and now I have a deep section clincher aero wheelset which weighs nearly 1/4lb. less. than these and deep section aero tubys that are a pound lighter, I love technology.

BTW, experience tells that 8 months from now when the front wheel is trashed from crash or whatever you are really hard pressed to find a 26sp. rim, same with Campy's 22sp. front wheel, not a huge deal, but worth noting
Avoid Themgrzy
Dec 4, 2001 5:54 PM
These were designed to be light weight climbing wheelsfor racing - and nothing has changed.

They are not durable at all - for the same weight spec the mavic Ksyrium is much stronger. I'm a bit rough on my toys, but not that heavy and there is no way I'd run those wheels and expect them to last. I true them for my buds who run them. Who knows - you may be twinkle toes on a bike. You'll be SOL when it comes time to make repairs and get spare parts - well it will take a while anyways. mavic is notorious for being slow in the customer service dept.

You'd be better served by getting a solid pair of Mavic Open Pros, DT double butted spokes and a quality hub - all built up by hand. These wheels will be very durable, servicable, and have decent weight. If you really want to spend some money then consider the Ksyrium wheels set - same weight as the Hellium and way stronger.
Dec 5, 2001 1:16 AM
Many thanks to all of you who took the time to reply, you info was a great help and has given me much food for thought, I am now looking more closely at a pair of Ksyriums.
Thanks again