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Mavic Ksyrium SSC Wheels(9 posts)

Mavic Ksyrium SSC Wheelsjnapoli
Sep 29, 2002 12:06 PM
Does anybody get a creeking sound from their front wheel when sprinting or standing on a climb? I just bought mine and they creek.Is it normal? Will they "break in" ? My 200.00 open pro wheels did not creek! They do spin up real nice, but I don't know if I could live with the creeking!
try this firstamflyer
Sep 29, 2002 12:42 PM
put a drop of lube on the dropouts of your fork. This is a source of creaks with the K's, especially if you have Al dropouts. Bet this cures it. Don't be like me; I tried this last...

Also check the bearing adustmentspookyload
Sep 29, 2002 12:49 PM
If they are too tight or too loose they will creak. This is the way Mavic rep told me to adjust the hub. Put the wheel in and tighten the skewer so it is very tight. Next take the wrench and adjust the bearings to the point where the front wheel doesn't have and play. Don't go very far past that point or they will be too tight. He stressed that it is important to adjust them in the bike with the skewer tightened already.
noisy spoke nipples...C-40
Sep 29, 2002 1:02 PM
Ksyrium spoke nipples can creak or click. I've never noticed this on the front, but the rear nipples can produce a clicking noise on each power stroke that you'd swear was in the BB or pedals. Placing a drop of thin lube at the very end each spoke so it runs down into the ball-shaped end inside the nipple will cure this problem.
noisy spoke nipples...B2
Sep 29, 2002 2:26 PM
Do the same where the spokes attach to the hub. This solved the problem for me (didn't even lube the nipples).

Got about 1200 miles before I had to do it again. So far so good after 2nd application.

noisy spoke nipples...bobobo
Oct 4, 2002 4:50 AM
Know several guys in my club who could never end the creaks. In addition, one guy had several of his alloy nipples literally freeze to the rim. The Ksyriums are noisy, the spokes are not that aero at all, very thick blades when compared with something like Sapim X-Ray bladed spokes and these wheels are difficult if not near impossible to return to true when they get out of true. IMO, a true boutique wheelset which isn't worth anywhere near the $$$ Mavic charges for it. Get a pair of Campy Eurus or Neutrons and you'll get comparable performance with far fewer headaches. Or have a pair of wheels built using Sapim XRay spokes and Velocity Arrowhead or Deep V Rims.
Your not alone...This is what Mavic told me.James
Sep 29, 2002 7:51 PM
I have been dealing with this damm creeeek forever, when I put a piece of tube(with a hole in the center)between the hub and fork, it goes away. The crappy part is that my handling feels funny. Last week I got really pissed and called Mavic, I'm damm tired of having to keep changing those little tube pieces. So Mavic tells me that because I'm using a carbon fork and their skewer, the Ksyrium is way to stiff and the carbon fork flexes, thus Causing the noise. Why would they give a skewer that wont work with a carbon fork?? He tells me to try a different fork and a stronger skewer(like Dura Ace), what kind of crap is that??? I had the fork replaced for different reasons(didnt help), I also used the brand new skewers from my Dura/open pro wheels(didnt work either!!!). I did both these things way before I ever called Mavic. How come my old set(car trashed them in an accident) never made a single noise and they still dont on my friends bike. I have tried sanding the interface between the hub and fork, grease, anti-sleaze, and even greasing the bearings. finally I went to my LBS and order a new front axel kit($40) in the hopes that may fix the problem. Mavic stuff is great, but they need to fess up when they have a problem.
Your not alone...This is what Mavic told me.jnapoli
Oct 2, 2002 4:30 PM
Please let me know if the front axel kit solves your problem.My LBS said it's probaly the skewer.I also have tried all of the above.It's rediculous to have spent 650.00 + and not have perfect working wheels!!! Keep in touch...I'm john and my e mail is
Your not alone...This is what Mavic told me.jnapoli
Oct 27, 2002 10:31 AM
Did the new axle stop the creaking ?