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Mavic Cosmic Carbone SSC V Ksyrium SSC SL(3 posts)

Mavic Cosmic Carbone SSC V Ksyrium SSC SLEdUK
Oct 7, 2003 5:48 AM
I'm after a new set of racing wheels (Clincher) suitable for a mixture of Road racing and time trials, can't decide between the two.
I'll be racing on courses which are fairly flat with a few short climbs.
Any help in making the decison much appreciated.

Are the Carbones much faster on flatish sections?

re: Mavic Cosmic Carbone SSC V Ksyrium SSC SLChen2
Oct 7, 2003 6:23 AM
I've been riding Carbones for 8 years but not Ksyriums. I would guess that the Carbones are a bit faster on the flats, the K's will have a clear climbing advantage. My dealer tells me that MAVIC is coming out with a new wheel set to replace the Carbones in 2005. My rear rim cracked last month after about 8000 miles of rough roads.
For about the same money you can buy lighter weight aero wheels, but the Carbones are good fast wheels.
I chose the Mavic Cosmic Carbone SSCshrEd
Oct 7, 2003 6:28 AM
I had the same decision a few months back when I was building up my Colnago. I ended up deciding on the Cosmic Carbones after reading an analysis about how the importance of aerodynamics over weight comes in to play about 19-20 mph. That is, below 20 mph and weight is important, over 20 mph and aerodynamics is more important. Pretty interesting!

Now I live in South Jersey and 99% of my riding is on the flats where I average over 20 mph. I ridden them on the flats, raced them and even done hills w/ them and I simply love them - they seem to propel you after getting up to speed! I think they might be the way to go.

That said, I'm not sure I wouldn't have been equally happy w/ the Kysrium's as well. Both are great wheelsets IMHO.