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Ksyrium SSC SL?(9 posts)

Ksyrium SSC SL?pa rider
Jun 19, 2002 4:28 AM
I got caught in the rain yesterday, when we got 1/2 inch of rain. I road eight miles in the rain, but didn't think I would have any problems, since I toured a few times when we got rained on.

I had to cross a few roads in my neighborhood that looked like puddles, but was stream crossing (4 to 5 inches deep of water). I'm use to crossing creeks with my MTB, but not on my road bike.

My question is simple. Does the ksyrium wheels take water? I have to drain water out of my mtb wheels when I do these wet mtb races, so I'm questioning if I would have to take my wheels off my road bike to drain them.

Seeing that you have 120 psi in the tires I'm not sure how much water you could get in the tires.


One way to find out ...pmf1
Jun 19, 2002 4:43 AM
I've never noticed mine taking on water, but I've never checked either. I recall this being a complaint from Rolf owners. Take the tire off and look.
One way to find out rider
Jun 19, 2002 4:54 AM
thanks for the advice. I'll leave you know tomorrow.
re: Ksyrium SSC SL?Paul
Jun 19, 2002 6:45 AM
Due to the fact that the nipples don't go all the way through the hubs, I wouldn't worry.this has been a problem with regular spokes. But I would let them dry out good, and relube the nipples. This guy from Belgium, Dirk, takes the hubs apart and cleans/lubes them. I have the instructions, but I'm not ready to try this.
re: Ksyrium SSC SL?pa rider
Jun 19, 2002 8:20 AM
thanks paul. I don't think I got the water up to the hubs yesterday. I missed judge the water because I was moving over 18 mph. Went through it before I even know how deep it was going to be. I had my cranks turned down so my left foot got soaked. Looked like a damn Jeep comercial.

I'll wait and see if my hubs start to not move smoothly. My Chris king hub use to do this when I rode in muddy races. Seeing how the mavic are sealed bearings, I'm hoping the water didn't hurt anything.

Wasn't sure how waterproof the rims were compared to standard rims.


Rebuild instructions?tj90
Jun 19, 2002 8:54 AM
Can you send me the Belgium rebuild instructions? Thanks, TJ
Good news and bad newsjw25
Jun 19, 2002 9:25 AM
The good news - since the Ksyrium rims aren't drilled all the way through, the tire and tube should be fine. "Normal" wheels can take on water, which soaks the rim tape and tube, and can accelerate failures. The only through-hole is at the valve area, which is usually sealed off from tube pressure. If you ride tubulars, the base tape may get wet at that spot, which probably isn't good for the glue - I have no practical experience here.
The bad news - Ksyriums have twice as many entry points for water as "normal" wheels, since they use a rim insert and nipple per spoke.
There's a good chance some water got in, but chances are it'll come out through evaporation in time. If you can hear it sloshing around, it's probably a good idea to remove the tire and tube, and drain as much as possible out the valve stem hole. Otherwise, just store it with the stems anywhere but down, and everything should be okay.
HEck, there might even be a drain hole drilled in the rims - I have a set of Cosmics with one, right above the internal wall, and they drain water faster than it can come in - I rode a hour-long crit in a downpour, and could only shake a few drops out at the end.
The hubs should be fine, but do keep an ear out for bad sounds. Mavic seals are pretty good, but nothing's totally impervious.
Good news and bad newspa rider
Jun 19, 2002 10:08 AM
Thanks JW25. That's what I was hoping to hear. Never owned a pair of wheels that had the spokes not expossed. I'll have to wait until thursday night to see what sloshes around.

Thanks jw25pa rider
Jun 20, 2002 3:26 AM
The wheels had water in the rims. I got about 6 oz out of each wheel. Left the tires and tubes air out, while I went for a mtb ride last night. I'll wait and see if my nipples squeak before I put any lube on them.

I figure the only other part that may creak be my bottom bracket. I asked my LBS last night, when I was looking for a new helmet, about it. He said to bring it in if it creaks and they'll lube it. They told me to take the seatpost out and turn the bike upside down to see if any water comes out.

I don't know how you cross guys maintain your bikes, but I guess you wait until the seasons over to repack everything.