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mavic open pro vs. ambrosio evolution(6 posts)

mavic open pro vs. ambrosio evolutionkoride
Mar 31, 2003 6:31 PM
I recently bought a new bike that came with ambrosio evolution rims. I already have a pair of mavic open pro (black) rims with about 300-400 miles on them. Both sets have centaur hubs. The mavic's are using 9 speed campy whereas the new bike has 10 speed Campy.

Can they be switched? If so, should I keep the open pros? Are they much better than the evolution (ie worth the trouble)?

Thanks
re: mavic open pro vs. ambrosio evolutionpatwhto
Mar 31, 2003 7:24 PM
Do they ride different? I also have the ambrosio evolution too. How do they compare?

You can always swap the cassette then the wheel could be swap too
re: mavic open pro vs. ambrosio evolutionkoride
Apr 1, 2003 7:39 PM
as far as the ride...I can't say I can really tell a difference. Just figured the open pro's were a bit lighter and, more than anything, was wondering which was more durable.
re: mavic open pro vs. ambrosio evolutionkoride
Apr 5, 2003 7:53 PM
well, I put the open pros on and can certainly tell a difference. They ride better. Going with the OP's!

Thanks to all.
You could compare by swaping cassetteskilimanjaro
Mar 31, 2003 10:34 PM
All Campy 9 speed hubs are 10 speed compatible. I think Campy switched the name from Daytona to Centaur in 2002. Therefore the only other possible difference between the two wheelsets I can think of are rim tape, nipple spoke count, and spoke types/lacing.
Ambrosio rimsboneman
Apr 1, 2003 12:22 AM
If it's weight you're concerned about, the OP is lighter than the Evolution which is mfr. spec'd at 480.

If I'm not mistaken, you should be able to use a Campy 10 cassette if the Centaur set you have is running a Campy 9 speed. You might want to check this by going to the Campy or Branford Bike sites. If this is the case, there's no need to rebuild. Just buy another 10 spd cassette.

I happen to like the finish and machining of the Ambrosio's better than Mavic's. I have a set of wheels built up with Excellights which are about the same as OP's weight wise and also have a set for my fixie built with Balance rims. I also have a set of wheels built with OP's which are due for a rebuild after about 20k miles. When I had them built I had to choose between the Excellence's and the OP's and just made a spot decision to go with the OP's. This time around I'll have them rebuilt with Excellence's rather than OP's.