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Mavic Cosmic and Ksyrium Elites(4 posts)

Mavic Cosmic and Ksyrium Elitesmanofsteel
Mar 23, 2002 9:11 PM
I'm looking at the Cosmic Elites as my second wheelset. I found a set for $350 at LBS and was wondering if I could get any feedback on them. Also, the cheaper Ksyrium Elites are within my range. Found a set for $450. I know they're not the lightest of wheels but considering my budget, I can't afford to be a weenie anyway. I'm currently rolling D/A Open Pros on a Mondonico steel frame. I'm 5'7" 140 lbs do a fair amount of climbing but would love to be faster on flats. I've read the reviews but they've mostly been mixed. Of course, if I had the money I'd be talking Ksyrium SL's instead. Are these wheelsets great for climbing? I'd appreciate any and all feedback. Thanks!
re: Mavic Cosmic and Ksyrium Elitesjtolleson
Mar 24, 2002 11:52 AM
Upgrading from your current D/A Open Pro setup sounds like a waste of money to me.
I agree w/ Jtolleson, why not a set for flats instead?I Love Shimano
Mar 24, 2002 7:55 PM
On the Cosmicsmuncher
Mar 26, 2002 7:39 AM
I have a set of these. I rate them very higly. I am 220+, have ridden around 1K on them on some terrible roads, and they are a true as day one. I'd image that the straight pull (except drive) lacing helps that.

I think they are a nice combo of aero and lightness, and really like the ride and roll. By way of comparison, I have set of 36 OPs on Chorus, and 36 MA3's on record. The Elites seem to be a bit swifter rolling, but the difference is probably more in the mind. They are nice to roll along on though.

So then, I'd reccomend them. But if you want a pure climbing wheelset, I'd not bother - there are lighter wheels around out there for similar money. On the other hand, I know that a couple of grammes off my rim weight is not gonna make me one second faster up a hill, so I'd go with the nicest all rounder - for that, they are great.