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New Ksyrium Wheels(14 posts)

New Ksyrium WheelsTed
Feb 21, 2002 8:47 AM
Hi I am buying a new set of general use wheels and I would like to know what you think of the new Ksyrium Elite wheels. What are the main diffrences between these and their more expensive brothers? I will mainly use them for training and maybe a few weekly races and think they will work fine I just want to hear what yu fine people think.


Poser wheels...just shaved down the rims to lighten the,m(nm)R. U. Putinmeon?
Feb 21, 2002 9:04 AM
they are slightly heavier than the SL's.Ken Belton
Feb 21, 2002 9:35 AM
Other than that they are the same, a great wheelset for your average non pro rider - decent weight, stiff, very durable, a bit aero, a good looking. For the money I think they are one of the best training wheels you can get, especially if you are a heavier rider.

Don't listen to poser crap from idiots. Probably 99.99% of the guys on this board don't and haven't ever raced professionally or on a serious amateur level. If you have the duckets and you want to buy yourself a nice set of wheels because it makes you feel good and you like how they ride absolutely go do it and don't worry about moron out on the road calling you a poser. If you want the SL's or some Lews or Zipps and it makes you happy go buy em and ride.

It's your money, enjoy it while you can, does anybody call the guy who spends 10K on a home entertainment system so he can sit on his couch and eat chips a poser? Ridiculous, totally ridiculous.

Anyone who's riding a road bike under 20lbs and isn't racing/training everyday to put food on the table you could call a poser if you wanted, but why anyone would want to do that I have no idea???
Feb 21, 2002 9:42 AM
I'd think jealousy, insecurity, and ignorance are the fuel behind tossing the "p-word." Probably some jobless escapee from the holding tank. Anyone who has ridden them and others knows they're good wheels.
He said he was only going to race a FEW TIMES!Fool poster
Feb 21, 2002 10:03 AM
That doesn't put him in the category of serious racer to me.
He said he was only going to race a FEW TIMES!VelocityArm
Feb 21, 2002 10:10 AM
Who gives a rats ass what kind of rider he is according to you? Maybe it takes him 10 minutes to climb a 1/2 mile hill, so what? Because he's not a serious racer in your small mind the guy can't buy a pair of Ksyriums?
He said he was only going to race a FEW TIMES!Ted
Feb 21, 2002 11:07 AM
Umm yeah. I can say it doesn't take me 10 minutes to climb a 1/2 mile hill. I have been riding for a few years now and usually complete 2 or 3 stage races a year as well a a few centuries and single day races. I also have the bike portion of a 1/2 iron man and a toughest 3 competition. I race cat 4 when I do and don't usually win but I finish with the pack and have had a few top 3 finished.

So no i'm not a serious racer but I train most days. I have spent a lot of time this winter on rollers and feel very confident going into this summer race season that I might do better than usual. I enjoy this and it is what I do for fun, and where I spend my money, until I have kids that is :)

I like the way these wheels look and I like their bomb proofness I keep hearing about.


Completely agreepmf1
Feb 21, 2002 10:28 AM
We all spend our money on something. In the end, are expensive bike parts that bad? I can think of a whole lot of hobbies and persuits that are worse. At least you do something positive for your health with bike wheels. My only criticism is the guy who gets stuff like that and doesn't ride it.

I've had a set of Ksyriums for over two years. Ridden them all over the place and never so much as trued them once. Completely bulletproof wheelset. Not the most aero or lightest wheel around, but a nice combination of the two.
re: New Ksyrium Wheelsgrzy
Feb 21, 2002 9:37 AM
There's about 90 to 100 g. difference between the two sets and a bunch of money. The durability of the heavier set would probably serve you better. Racing on them is great if you can afford it. Since crashing is part of the game you're going to need some sort of backup(s). Getting them repaired can take time and be expensive. Traditional wheels from more commonly available parts might be a better call.

They're great wheels and will serve you well for a very long time. Maintenance is virtually non-existent. Are they "the best" wheelset on the planet? Dependson your requirements - everything is a trade off at the limit.
Feb 21, 2002 9:47 AM
Thanks everyone. Thats about what I thought. I like the idea they are basically the same set but a little heaver and sturder. I am a little heaver at 190.


Just fitted my ElitesTSlothrop
Feb 21, 2002 10:32 AM
I got my new Ksyrium Elites today. I went for these rather than the more expensive version for a number of reasons, but mostly it was a matter of getting my riding in perspective. I decided that if the SSL's are good enough for the pro's then their more basic version is much more realistic for an enthusiastic amateur.
I've only ridden them for 1 hour as yet, and mstly through traffic, so I wasn't entirely concentrating on their ride qualities, but they were very stiff, and maybe it's just my imagination, seemed quicker riding into a headwind on a long drag.
I wanted Ksyriums for the looks, I'm not ashamed to admit it. But they've had such good press otherwise, it seemed easy enough to justify them as a long lasting replacement from my previous wheels.
I think they're great wheels that will definately make you go faster, even if only due to psychological reasons.
Had the same question...geof
Feb 21, 2002 6:52 PM
But I chose the SL just cuz I had the cash and a what the f^@@ attitude at the time. And, I got a 100 dollar break on them. Dude, if the elites or even half of the SL's quality then do it, if you have the extra cash, compair the two wheels side by side and you'll do the SL's. I love mine, especially after 2 sets of Ultegra/OP and a set of Spinergy Xearo's (too noodly, but way comfy). These wheels are by far the best I'VE ever ridden, and they feel excellent on the road.

BTW I agree with grzy, if you can afford it, and it makes you happy then buy the damn wheels. You'll get a bunch more compiments on the road, than people going "poser"... let the little boys be jealous and ride the crap out of your ksyriums....

re: New Ksyrium WheelsFinland. Samu Ilonen
Feb 21, 2002 10:55 PM
I have same desicion to make. I'm thinking Elite's because:
+steel aero spokes,should be better lateral stiffnes tahn SL's. I'm not light....
+steel aero spokes, we pack our team car very thight and these aluminium spokes scares me...
+price,SL's are almoust twise as elites,so I put saved money to my TT-bike project.

Bad about the weight but they are reasonable light. Anybody measured real weight on SL/Elite?

By the way,all Mavic wheesets has amaising rolling an stiffnes! I have Cosmos's and have ridden on cosmic Elite's.
re: New Ksyrium Wheelsg-money
Feb 22, 2002 10:00 AM
Actually, the zicral spokes are much more stiff than the steel. Does it justify the extra $$$ prolly not. But they are definatly stiff. I don't notice any flex in my wheels. (SL)