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Which wheelset to buyscottfromcali
Nov 24, 2002 9:54 PM
I recently bought a Giant TCR2, I love this bike its awesome for my first road bike. Im ready to upgrade, but to which wheelset? I have been looking at most Mavic wheels, Ksyrium Elite and other models around this pricerange and wieght. After reading some mixed reviews about these and other wheels Im not sure if my 200lbs and aweful roads will kill these or other wheels. I have herad some people suggest larger riders should have a set of wheels built. Is this a good route to go? How do prices compare with having a set built? Thank you.
You could have a set built.....gogene
Nov 24, 2002 10:00 PM
...using Mavic Open Pro rims, 32 hole, 14/15/14 spokes laced 3x to Ultegra hubs, that will handle your weight and riding conditions with ease, need very little if any maintenance and last seemingly forever. A wheelset like this will cost you about 1/2 of what a set of K's would run. If you wanted to get a little flashly, you could use colored Open Pro rims, blue, red or black.
Open Pro/ DA Hubs (32 spokes?)I Love Shimano
Nov 24, 2002 10:17 PM
Bang for the buck!
What all would I need to purchase to have a set builtscottfromcali
Nov 24, 2002 11:24 PM
The rim, spokes, and hubs corret? I really like the aero spokes on the Mavic SL's. Are they worth it to buy them? I dont race but love to ride fast and accelerate quickly.
What all would I need to purchase to have a set builtLigon
Nov 25, 2002 6:55 AM
You would need everything you mentioned plus nipples. If you decide to get custom wheels make sure you order them from a VERY experienced wheel builder. However, I have a couple of sets of wheels and one of them happens to be the Elites which you mentioned earlier. I really like these wheels. They are stiff very solid riding wheels. This is actually my second set and I have had no problems with either. As far as price a really nice set of built wheels will probably run about the same or possibly a little less than the Elite's. I personnally think that it is a toss up as to which wheels to get. The K's may look a little cooler and ride a little stiffer but it is more difficult to get replacment parts for them should you need them. I think that most people would agree that you do not want to get the SL spokes like you mentioned earlier and build a set of wheels out of them. I think they cost about six or eight bucks each. Try Revolution spokes. Here are a few links for good built wheels.
Hope this helps!!
Ligon has OP cheapDrupa
Nov 25, 2002 6:38 PM
Blue OP rims at deep discount. Match to D/A and DT butted spokes for nice weight / strength combo. Lighter than CXP-33 or MA-3

Excel also sells a built OP / D/A combo (and can custom build a set with spokes of your choice)

Aero spokes are a questionable value / performance enhancer. Some spokes are more aero than other and may or may not help your speed depending on the wind conditions of your ride.
Something to think aboutBigLeadOutGuy
Nov 25, 2002 5:38 AM
Ive been using bontragers for over a year and have had nothing but good luck with them. I use the race lites to train on and the race X-lites for racing. They are by far the strongest wheelset ive used...after every ride with my open pros they would need a truing and i blow out spokes every now and then (maybe I got a bum set). so far i have yet to even true the bontragers. I dont know if i just got lucky with the tragers or what but I will never ride another wheel again. even when hitting 5 inch deep potholes at over 30mph during a race the bontragers havent come out of true yet....and i am 6`4`` 245 pounds.
if you blow spokes with the OP, they need a rebuild.PeterRider
Nov 25, 2002 9:21 AM
... I bet the LBS who sold them to you did a sloppy job. With a rebuild chances are you're going to be problem-free.

Consider Campagnolo ProtonsMcAndrus
Nov 25, 2002 3:29 PM
If you're not racing you might consider the Protons. I have a set for training. They're reasonably light, reasonably priced (for brand name wheels), and virtually indescructable. I've had mine for two full seasons and haven't had to true a wheel yet.

I weigh 155 which is considerably less than your 200 but I think the Protons (along with the Ksyriums) are considered very dependable.

You can always get a custom set made by Excel Sports or Colorado Cyclist - among others. The standard is Open Pro rims with Ultegra or Dura Ace hubs. They're a good wheel at a good price but I'm not sure how they hold up under a 200 lb rider.
Nov 26, 2002 10:43 AM
I have Electrons which are, I believe, an earlier name for the same wheelset. I go about 180 and have ridden them for 1.5 seasons with no retruing.
Cane Creek Chronosjzinckgra
Nov 26, 2002 1:09 PM
I've got a pair of these that are about 3 1/2 years old and there are bulletproof. Have never needed truing. There are a little on the heavy side though, but otherwise great rims.