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Wheelset ChoiceTrek Racer X
Dec 1, 2002 7:30 PM
I'm deciding whether or not to buy a set of Mavic Kysrium SSL SC wheels. Are they worth the upgrade? Currently I'm running '02 Ultegra hubs on a rear '02 Mavic open Pro, 3 cross, and front Sun MEA14 aero, radial laced. (32 h.) Will I feel a significant difference in sprinting, and long distance rides? Are the aero blades significant, to spend $800?

Any thoughts are appreciated.

my suggestion:weiwentg
Dec 1, 2002 8:34 PM
if you're spending $800 on wheels, then do this. keep your current wheels. spend the dough on a used set of Zipp 303s or 404s, which are much lighter and much more aero than Ks. a German magazine tested Ks vs a set of CXP33s with 32 Sapim X-rays each and Tune hubs. they reported no difference in moment of inertia and aerodynamics (the results were posted at one point in this forum).
if you're not willing to mess with tubulars, I think a NEW set of Hed Alps clinchers is around $850 or $900. I'd go for those. they've got titanium straight pull spokes, and I think 40mm deep rims. rim weights for clinchers would be something like 480g, no worse than a CXP33 and probably only a bit heavier than a Ksyrium rim. alternatively, I recall that had a sale on Zipp wheels (this year's rim, last year's hubs, slightly heavier but not by a whole lot).
re: Wheelset ChoiceMXL02
Dec 2, 2002 3:27 AM
I have a set of K's and a set of American Classic 420's. They are both excellent boutique wheels. The main advantage of the K's in my opinion it their strength...they are very stiff and seem to be bomb proof. I bought the K's to compare them to the 420's and I don't think they are that much different, so I may be selling the K's. Email me at to discuss, if you are interested.
buy'em for under $600...C-40
Dec 2, 2002 5:43 AM
Lots of places have these wheels for less than $600 delivered to your door. I've purchased two sets from for about $540 delivered. Also check out LaBicicletta and Parker International.

You will not feel a significant difference from a good set of handbuilt wheels.
Mavic Kysrium SL Vs. Kysrium old Model24qq6vj
Dec 2, 2002 9:08 AM
What is the difference between the new one and the old one. Is the old one is better because it stronger than the new one?
Little differencepmf1
Dec 2, 2002 10:03 AM
As far as I can tell, the only difference is shaving the rim between the spokes.