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Dog, Grzy, others who've ridden Ksyriums > 3 months.(18 posts)

Dog, Grzy, others who've ridden Ksyriums > 3 months.12x23
Dec 14, 2001 2:47 PM
How are they holding up? Any problems? Sorry about this post, but many of the glowing reviews I hear are for wheels with less than one year of use and I want to know how they've held up for you guys who've ridden them past the 'honeymoon.' I'm 145-150 lbs and would use them for everyday. I have a pr of Heliums that were excellent for a couple thousand miles before the rear went limp. Can I count on the K's to perform well beyond my Helium experience? Thanks in advance for your experience.
re: Dog, Grzy, others who've ridden Ksyriums > 3 months.merckx56
Dec 14, 2001 4:23 PM
i have a pair of k's that i have ridden about two (of five) rides per weeks for the past 18 months. i have had zero problems with the wheels and have only had to true and tension them once! mine were also mavic neutral support wheels in europe before i got them, so i'm sure they were used and banged around. i weigh 180 and really like the way they ride! light, aero and stiff, with bulletproof thrown in for good measure!
re: Dog, Grzy, others who've ridden Ksyriums > 3 months.jgodz
Dec 14, 2001 7:10 PM
I've got a pair I've used for training and racing for the past year. They are my only pair of wheels. I love them. I've only true them once and they weren't even that far out. Wouldn't have any other pair of wheels.
hmm... somewhat different luckhomiegee
Dec 15, 2001 1:30 AM
I dunno about these wheels. I've had them for a touch over a year, and have ridden about 1500 miles on them. They started out as my only wheels, but then they started to go out of true and I didn't want to mess them up for racing so I relegated them to roller workouts and racing only. Problems I've had with them:
1). Go out of true no slower than a well built set of spoked wheels
2). Collect water inside the rim on wet rides
3). Three spokes broke on the front wheel in a sprint entanglement, and it took Mavic 2 months and $200 f__king dollars to fix the wheel
4). Hubs are now out of alignment and make the wheel sit wierd in the dropouts
5). Shoddy wheels in general; they are not light at all compared to other wheels in their price range, especially when you consider their ACTUAL weight compared to the listed weight. They weight a little more 1700 grams. Also, they are not that aero. Look at the rim - it is a box. A 20mm box. That is not aero. Just because they have few spokes, they are damn thick spokes from the front too, and aren't nearly as aero as a nice Zipp 404 or something. Also, the rims weigh 420 grams, which is the worst place to have the weight. The Zipp c/f rims are only 295, and are far more aero.
Overall, these wheels have an identity crisis. They are not light, not aero, and not strong enough for day to day training, plus they cost a butt load (even when you get them overseas for like $450). I think you'd be better off with a decent set of race wheels and some well built training wheels. Plus, you need extra wheels for races anyway because of flats. And if you aren't racing, don't get race wheels. You don't need to train any faster.
I hope this has been helpful, and good luck with your purchase.
hmm... somewhat different luckinsmanblue
Dec 15, 2001 11:41 AM
After 1400 miles the aluminum nipple stripped on the rear wheel. I am 6'1" and weigh 215 which is not light but this is not acceptable. Because of this I've been dissapointed and I will be looking around for another wheelset.
why did it strip? ...could it be satan?merckx56
Dec 15, 2001 12:57 PM
3000+ miles...C-40
Dec 15, 2001 7:45 AM
I've logged over 3000 miles on my set with the new ED-10 hub. The wheels have performed flawlessly. I would recommend them.
re: Dog, Grzy, others who've ridden Ksyriums > 3 months.Jekyll
Dec 16, 2001 2:06 PM
I've had mine for a little over a year now. The K's are my everyday wheels. I'm 180lbs. I did have to touch up the rear once in around 3k miles of use. Can't say anything bad about the wheels as all.
absolutely flawlessDog
Dec 16, 2001 3:07 PM
About the most perfect bike product I've ever owned. They are darn near bombproof, and require almost no attention. Never gone out of true in 2 years and over 20,000 miles. I train and race on them. I've tried several others, but always come back to them, as they are so darn reliable and feel just as fast as anything else.

Thanks all12x23
Dec 17, 2001 3:27 AM
I went ahead and purchased a pair. I am due for some good luck with Mavic wheels. I have Heliums and Classic Pro's, both have been a problem, although the Classic Pro's have been excellent since the rear was rebuilt by Mavic.
re: Dog, Grzy, others who've ridden Ksyriums > 3 months.morey
Dec 17, 2001 7:39 AM
I have had Kysyriums on my bike and my wife's for over 1 year- no problem-best wheels I have had.
Dec 17, 2001 9:45 AM
Been running my K's for over 1.5 years with no real problems. My only problem was crashing (taken down by a deer) and the back wheel coming our of true. I was trueing the rear wheel, but didn't notice that I didn't have the special spoke wrench all the way down on the splined nipple. I ended up stripping the spline off of one spoke and the plastic spoke wrench (they now make cast alu. ones). I replaced the one spoke (can get them indvidually at my LBS), but noticed that it wouldn't hold the setting - a dab of BLUE Loctite solved the porblem. I haven't had a problem since and the wheels are true and rock solid. Although I intended for them to be "special" wheels I've found that they're absolutely great as everyday wheels. They take all kinds of riding and abuse from the road and just keep turning nice and true. I've never had another wheel set that even comes close to this level of dependability and reliability. They're also buttery smooth and seem to have less drag. Given their performance and durability I'd say that they're actually a bargain. You buy one set and they just keep going and going - long after another set would've been retired. There is no real comparison to a Helium, except for weight and I'm always trueing my buds Heliums for them. I weigh around 155#, but ride on all sorts of mtn. roads (including dirt on occasion) and weather conditions and am known for being a bit rough on my toys. These things are monkey-proof and at a street price of around $600 (or less?) they are a good value. I haven't had any wheel-lust since I got them - I can't say the same about my buds.
Dec 17, 2001 11:02 AM
Yeah, I just had my rear Helium rebuilt and all is well after . . , FORTY miles! :-) But, those hubs are pretty nice. I can't decide whether to sell them with full disclosure or keep them.
Dec 17, 2001 11:37 AM
I assume you're talking about keeping the wheels intact. Ultimately I'd say sell them whole since once you run the Ksyriums you won't be interested in the heliums any more. you cold keep them as spares in case you wreck, but that's a financial decision. one thing si for sure - the Heliums won't be worth any more than what you can get for them right now. I wonder if you cn find other rims that will match the low spoke counts required. The hubs are pretty nice but not bullet proof. I have buddy that blows up MTB versions (same basic design).
Dec 17, 2001 3:31 PM
Mavic says they will continue to 'support' these wheels (Heliums) for several years. I had the rear rebuilt with new spokes and rim for $129. To be honest, the more I think about the more I'm inclined to sell them. You know, I really got pi$$ed a couple of yrs ago when I discovered at the lbs the Heliums were HEAVIER than my old D/A hubs with Mavic GL330's built 32 fr/rr . . , weighed them both myself. And, that was including skewers . . the old D/A skewers must've added 100 grams, or so.

Funny, I have A/C Classic wheels that are 200+ grams lighter and very dependable, and those old GL330's (two pairs), are light and trouble-free. And, I've even had good luck with the Rev-X's. Maybe I'm pressing my luck. ;-)
re: Dog, Grzy, others who've ridden Ksyriums > 3 months.Pete
Dec 19, 2001 2:17 PM
I've ridden on mine 2000 miles I weigh 200lbs. Have had one problem with the wheels and it was MY fault. My first crash was last April head on into a car (50mph)and the front rim popped a few spokes and bent the rim but no spokes were broken. The back wheel needed only minor adjustments for it to be put on my new bike. I crashed again going downhill out of the mountains at 40 mph into the trees. Neither wheel went out of true. Yes a bad year but now I ride a bit safer than before and I highly recommend these for durability and performance.
I notice the cross winds a little more than my normal spoked wheels due to these flat blades and had to get creative with the computer magnet.
I agree with another writer about water inside after a wet ride but this is not really a big deal if you remember to take care of this. (usually when you clean it after that ride) FYI - I paid about $650 for mine
re: Dog, Grzy, others who've ridden Ksyriums > 3 months.schills
Dec 21, 2001 8:34 AM
I've ridden these over a year now 2-3 times per week mostly climbing with wicked decents to follow. Bottom line. . . . I never think about my wheels. These just work really well and let me think about other things.. . . . like when to launch my attack on the final sprint finish of the weekly group rides.
re: Dog, Grzy, others who've ridden Ksyriums > 3 months.nat_ct1
Jan 1, 2002 3:16 AM
im here in sicily..doing cobble stone,poor roads,about 500 miles a month. i even got hit by a car. i have had them for 1 yr. and even after the car they are as strait as when they came out of the box...oh ya and did i mention i weigh 205.