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Which wheels--Campy v. Mavic/C. King?(6 posts)

Which wheels--Campy v. Mavic/C. King?suprflly
Feb 27, 2003 3:08 PM
I bought a floor model '01 Pinarello Prince that came with Campy electron wheels. Six months ago I had some Mavic open pro's built with Chris King hubs; Anyone have any experience with both to shed some light?
I know I should just try both out on the bike but I just haven't had the time. Thanks!
Not a lot of differenceKerry
Feb 27, 2003 4:58 PM
The Electron is basically a Record hub with a Campy rim and low spoke count. A very nice wheel, but nothing special vs. other high end wheels. You can't buy the parts to build your own (just like Ksyrium) so that makes it "special" and adds a couple $100 to the cost. The King with OP is in the same league, though IMO the Record hub is better. A Record/OP or Record/Velocity Aerohead is probably the best value of the bunch - equal performance and lower price (about $300 from Colorado Cyclist or Excel).
Can't run CK wheels w/ Campy 10 speed, though...seyboro
Feb 27, 2003 6:27 PM
...well, I could not make it work, anyways (long story involving lots of famous wrenching gurus). The King freewheel bodies are not wide enough to hold a 10 speed conversion cassette. Let me know, if you are running Campy 10 and I can elaborate.
The CKs themselves are superb hubs and I still use them on my Shimano-equipped bike. 2 years and no problems, if you like the whining sound...
Can't run CK wheels w/ Campy 10 speed, though...suprflly
Feb 28, 2003 9:23 AM
The pinarello is actually equipped with Record 9 speed so I don't think it's going to be a problem--do you know otherwise?
I also love the sound of the king hubs.
Feb 28, 2003 5:32 PM
Chris King does not make a freehub body that is compatable with Campy components. So it really does not matter if you got 10,9, or 8 speed. The only way to make that work is buy a after market cassette from someone like Mavic, Wheels Mfg. ect. Some of these cassettes work better than others but if you do a little research on the archives of this site I think you will find out plenty of information. I have personally used the Mavic M-10 cassette and have had no problems with it. It shifts really well and is an excellent way to run Shimano wheels on an otherwise Campy Drivetrain.

Hope this Helps,
King hub can still work!russw19
Mar 2, 2003 9:41 PM
I currently run a wheelset that has a King hub with Campy Record 10. I use the American Classic conversion cassette. It works just as well as any other hub/cassette combo I have ever used. As far as I can tell it shifts as well as my Record hub with a Record cassette. You can pick them up for about $90 retail at a few mailorder houses, or your local shop can order them from American Classic directly or from Quality Bicycle Parts.