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Topolino wheelsglia
Oct 11, 2003 6:11 PM
I know these wheels have been talked about quite a bit but few people have actually reported riding them. I got tired trying to get some feedback and happened to run into a new set on EBAY for $550. I took them out for a spin today, taking my Mavic Kryssum SSCs off my Specialized E5 S-works bike. For starters, the wheels are quite a bit lighter. Mine were 1410g as compared to the 1610g my Kryssums weighed. (Yes I know, most of you think their Mavics are 1530g but has anyone every weighed theirs? I am getting tired of trusting published component weight. The Bike industry is one big lie). Anyway, the Topolinos are 200g lighter but you need to add the 20g per wheel for the rim tape back. The Kryssums do not need that. I went on my typical 30-mile training ride, an even mix of hills, some pretty steep, declines and flats. I average about 20-20.5mph. These wheels felt very stiff. In fact the rear wheel has significantly less flex than the Kryssums. The front wheel feels about the same. The wheel spins up in a hurry and the hubs seem to have very little rolling resistance. All in all, the wheels were very pleasant to ride and gave a very confidence inspiring performance. No sway or instabilities on the decents up to 50mph. I cannot comment much on the aero performance since my terrain has few areas where you would get above 25mph. I know a lot of people have commented on the fuss along the carbon/kevlar spokes. Mine came pretty clean. The spokes do look a bit fragile, however, they probably are more stable then their looks. The added stability and stiffness is probably due to the relatively large number of spokes. Since they are light they put a lot of them on. So the verdic, based on a single day's ride: if you are a sucker for new technology, these are certainly wheels that are worth a try. They outperform the Kryssums in mixed terrain rides. Will they last as long? Only time can tell... I may post some more feedback after I put a few miles on them.
How loud is the free wheel ?noupi
Oct 11, 2003 6:28 PM
How loud is the free wheel ?glia
Oct 11, 2003 7:25 PM
The freewheel is much louder than on my Kryssums. That said, how much time do you spend coasting? At the speads I coast I don't hear anything but wind noise and I would assume that if you coasted behind me at 40mph you too would not hear it.
Listen!Karen Irons
Oct 11, 2003 6:53 PM
The Open Pro Wheel mounted to a standard hub is by far going to be the prettiest looking thing out there!
They just look so darn cute.
I think I am in love.
Somebody pinch me, ouch!
Tell me about those Open Pros baby!
What do you got them mounted to!
What is the tension!
Ohh! Yeah!!!!
Oct 12, 2003 5:34 AM
I know, don't feed the trolls, but this one is HILARIOUS.
Steak for dinner tonight!the matador
Oct 12, 2003 8:45 AM
Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!