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Ksyrium SL vs. Ksyrium Elite?(9 posts)

Ksyrium SL vs. Ksyrium Elite?JetSpeed
Jun 17, 2003 1:28 PM
What is the difference between these two wheel sets besides price and weight?
A fair bit.Atombomber
Jun 17, 2003 8:22 PM
The biggest differences are in the spokes and rims. The Elite uses stainless steel spokes while the SSC SL uses Zicral, which is an aluminum alloy. The rims of the Elite are continuous in dimension around the circumference while the SSC SL has material removed between the spokes to lighten them (ISM Inter spoke machining). The SSC SL lacing of the rearwheel is radial on the drive, 2 cross on the non. The Elite uses 2 cross both sides rear. Both use radial front. The different lacing pattern makes for differnt rear hubs. Other than how the spokes are afixxed, the habs are very similar.

I use the Elites and have put many kilometers on them, with some pretty nasty roads. I will never be confused with a climber, so I did not consider the lighter model. The Elites have been very reliable with no truing or bearing adjustments in the full year I've used them.
re: Ksyrium SL vs. Ksyrium Elite?MacRolnif
Jun 17, 2003 10:32 PM
I have the exact same question. I am considering a purchase in the next few weeks. I would consider the SL if the price was worth it. I'm not really a weight nerd, but do enjoy the feel and ride of good components (hence the Campy Record).

Also, I am no mechanic, and my current wheelset is a custom-made Mavic OpenPro with Campy hubs. What else would I need building this wheelset? All I would need is a cassette, right? I currently ride a Campy Record 9 speed 12-23 cassette. How difficult would it be to buy the wheelset and then add the cassette myself?
Easy.the bull
Jun 17, 2003 10:43 PM
Just slide the cassette on then tighten it good to keep it from coming loose.You will need the cassette/bb tool-they are cheap you should be able to pick up a park tool from your lbs for about 5 bucks.

if your going to remove a cassette then you will need a chain whip to keep the cassette from moving backwards.You should pick one up too as everyone who's serious about riding a bike should have one!

lets see:

park tool for bottom bracket-5 dollars
chain whip for casette-20 dollars
Not having to rely on someone elese to work on you bike-
re: Ksyrium SL vs. Ksyrium Elite?Spiderman
Jun 18, 2003 6:34 AM
If you are looking to sell your old wheels I may be interested.
re: Ksyrium SL vs. Ksyrium Elite?MacRolnif
Jun 18, 2003 8:52 AM
I'm keeping them to use on my trainer...
about the price...C-40
Jun 18, 2003 6:45 AM
Don't pay $800 for the SL. Euro sources like still offer them for around $600.

If you're not willing to purchase overseas, I'd look at the Campy Eurus or Neutron. Either wheelset can be had for under $600. Check out

For the money, you still can't beat a good set of custom wheels. Mavic open-pros are now available in black with 28 holes. A record/open-pro wheelset will be lighter than the Ksyrium SSC SL and about $250 cheaper.
re: Ksyrium SL vs. Ksyrium Elite?zoomservo
Jun 18, 2003 8:54 AM
I have both wheelsets - I use the SLs for racing and the Elites for training. There is a HUGE difference in feel, with the SL's being far superior. They are, however not quite as tough - I'm 200lbs and the Elites haven't gone out of true yet on really rough roads. The SL's need to be cared for a bit more, but they transfer power better and handle better. If you want to race or go faster, get the SL's, but don't pay full price as you can find them online for under $600 (same goes for the Elites - they're great wheels but I wouldn't pay $500 for them - you can get them for around $350 which is about right). The SL hubs are much better - the bearing housing is plastic on the Elite and Aluminum on the SL, and the SL's are more aero. So it comes down to Price, and Speed vs. Durability.
The Elites are great, but I have to say that I love my SL's.
Bought EliteMacRolnif
Jun 18, 2003 9:18 PM
Thanks for all the replies. Coupled with the reviews I read on this web site, I decided to go with the Elites. I bought them from the euro site for much less than the US price.

I'm not racing right now, so I figured the lighter wheels wouldn't help me out all that much and the Elites are considerably lighter on the wallet. ;-)

I found another place that still had Campy Record 9 speed cassettes. Not very many these days. I'm probably going to buy an extra cassette given that Campy is all 10 speed at the Record level.

I'm hoping they'll work out great.