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Helium vs. Sestriere vs. Spox(5 posts)

Helium vs. Sestriere vs. Spoxdan ida
Apr 7, 2003 7:05 PM
I am looking to buy a mid priced ??? set of lightweight race wheels for my daughter doing triathlons, sprint distance to tin man length. She is fairly light, 125 lbs. Any comments on these three or other similar suggestions. Most serviceable (including spokes), good reliability, and ride qualities are the topics i'm interested in. COMMENTS. Other wheel set suggestions appreciated!!!


dan ( a proud dad - she kicks butt in many of her races)
re: Helium vs. Sestriere vs. SpoxkenyonCycleist
Apr 8, 2003 1:23 PM
heliums are notoriously problematic and mavic has crappo service. dunno about the other ones, but none of them are aero and if she really into tri's she'd gonna need at least a 50-58mm deep rim. Check out hedwheels and zipps. they may be costly but she will thank you. :O)
re: Helium vs. Sestriere vs. SpoxMGS
Apr 8, 2003 4:25 PM
Heliums are nice and light but have a history of problems maintaining trueness. I used them and sold them.
Sestriere's have a history of the same problems.

If you buy spox, you buy the terrible Spinery service and all the associated problems. I had them and returned them to the factory after initiating a lawsuit with the State attorney general for consumer fraud... a long story.

Anyway, I believe the heliums are out of production as are the Spox and Sestrieres.

If you are set on buying a premade wheel, give her a pair of Zipps. She'll thank you every day of the week.
Look into the American Classic 420'srussw19
Apr 8, 2003 8:40 PM
They are an aluminum clincher. At her weight they can build a low spoke count and they will be super light. Get them to build bladed spokes and they will be more aero and stronger. They are cheaper than Zipps because of the aluminum rim, and still just as light. And you can get them in a clincher so you can make changing flats a breeze. Mate them up with some Rox rim tape, Conti ultra light tubes, and a Conti Super Sonic tire for race day and they will be as light as anything else you can get and still not be too expensive.

Check out and look at the 420's. If you really want, you can get carbon rim wheels too. The rims on their carbon wheels is the same as a Zipp from what I am told.

Have fun.

My vote for Rolflancewannabe
Apr 9, 2003 3:39 PM
I have two Rolf wheelsets...Vector Comps and Sestriere. They are completely different. The sestriere are wonderfully light which is handy in hilly terrain, but they arent nearly as stiff when out of the saddle. I have had the problem (more of an annoyance) of the sestriere not really staying true, but at the prices Ive seen, I would buy another set. Having said that, my dream would be a wheel as light as the sestriere, but as stiff and problem free as the Vector comps. (Ive only had to true them once in 4 years!!!)

Check out the vigor seems promising.