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help me pick my new wheels...(9 posts)

help me pick my new wheels...opencl
Jul 26, 2002 8:49 AM
I am in the market for a set of wheels, here is what I have in mind...

1. Ksyrium Elites (1700+g)
2. Open pros with CK hubs (1750g)
3. Spinergy Xaero Lites (1540g)
4. Rolf Ses... (1500g)

What do u think?
re: help me pick my new wheels...Roadfrog
Jul 26, 2002 9:04 AM
If you are concerned about weight and in the $400 to $500 price range, check out American Classic.
you also may want to check outColorado Ron
Jul 26, 2002 9:09 AM
speed dream aerolights

$520+ and less than 1500 grams

Whatever you choose let us know how they work for you.
re: help me pick my new wheels...PaulCL
Jul 26, 2002 9:22 AM
I second the Speeddreams. I went through the same decision 18 months ago. My choices were: speeddreams, K's, nucleons, or stick with my record/open pro's.

Obviously, I picked the speedreams. From your post, you seemed to be concerned with weight. If that is the case, the obvious winner is the speedreams. My set, built with record rear hub, AC front, weighs in at a whopping 1428 grams. Very strong, very stiff, very aero, very light, and cheaper than other choices. A big plus (vs K's) is that the spokes are repairable and available everywhere with standard tools. Dave's service is second to none.

weight is A factor...opencl
Jul 26, 2002 1:43 PM
but that the sole factor. As you can see, I have listed two sets in the 1700g range and two more in the 1500g range. It would be nice to have a nice and light wheelset, but it has to be durable and stiff for everyday riding. I am sure the AC rims/hubs are light at below 1300g, but I don't think I can use them for everyday riding for an extended period of time (2-3 years?).

Anyone had any experience with the CK/Open Pro combination? Currently, I am leaning toward this one..... Definitely CK hubs are one of the best out there imo.
....and my nose!grzy
Jul 26, 2002 2:49 PM
Obviously go with the Ksyriums - they meet ALL of your criteria.
Reasonable alternativeKerry
Jul 26, 2002 5:56 PM
Velocity Aerohead rims. DA or Record hubs. 15/16 spokes. A couple $100 less, just as light. Reliable, easy to maintain, yada, yada, yada.
re: help me pick my new wheels...julio
Jul 26, 2002 11:04 PM
There's a great article comparing wheelsets in the Techsmart archives on (it's worth looking for!!), check it out. The conclusion is that a custom set with Mavic 33's and Chris King hubs was cheaper and better than most of the others (including DA, Ksyriums, etc). This article was written by an engineer and provides a lot more insight than the typical magazine crap, like the recent Bicycling 1/2 page Campy-Shimano comparo where their ground-breaking, scientific conclusion was "they're just faster..."
Mavic HeliumsJuniorRacerFL
Jul 28, 2002 11:25 AM
I would say mavic heliums. They are fairly cheap and light as crap. I built a pair up with Titanium spokes and skewers, they're really nice. As of durability i dont know, i weigh 115 lbs so i can prety much ride anything, im not sure how much u weigh.