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Kysrium SL Durability/Everyday use(5 posts)

Kysrium SL Durability/Everyday usesigepf94
Dec 2, 2003 11:44 AM
I just got a new ride that came with Kysrium SL. I will be using the bike for commuting/training/racing. Do you thing the wheels are up for the task or should I go for something different. I really like how the look, but I don't want to have to tinker with them all the time.
re: Kysrium SL Durability/Everyday usesigepf94
Dec 2, 2003 11:54 AM
I forgot to mention that I weigh about 200lbs. That might make a huge difference in your opinion.
re: Kysrium SL Durability/Everyday useSSC SL
Dec 2, 2003 3:37 PM
I have been riding on the SL's for two seasons everyday and haven't had an issue (6000 miles). At the end of this season, I had the rear wheel touched up. It was so slight, they didn't charge me. I weigh 210.
My local bikeshop told me there have been lots of...Avia1
Dec 3, 2003 3:08 PM
Problems with the SLs durability. Small cracks appearing around base of spokes and general durability issues. I weigh 160lbs and he didn't recommend them for me. He told me to buy the new Dura Ace wheels 1588grams per set. I also have the Kysrium SSC and they were good for the first year and I've had the odd problem here or there on them in the last two years. The seal cartridge bearings are a pain in the ass and getting them serviced or warrantied is a pain in the ass.
Everyday use requires everyday wheelsEric_H
Dec 2, 2003 2:38 PM
I only have experience with the Ksyrium SSC (2001 model), the same spokes and hubs as the SL, but without the milled rims. I raced on them for the past three seasons, and did the occasional training ride with them as well (but I have other wheels for training). I found the K's to be very durable. I weigh 165-170 lbs depending on the time of year and I never had to touch them, except when I broke a rear drive-side spoke in a race last May. I got a new spoke, brought it to tension and the wheel was as true as it was when new.

Having said all that, I would still recommend you keep the K's for the race days and the occasional training ride where you want the fast wheels, and get a pair of training wheels built. Go for 32 hole, Mavic MA3 or CXP33, 3x, butted spokes, brass nipples. Make these your "everyday" wheels. I say this for two reasons: 1) When I broke a spoke in the rear Ksyrium, it went badly out of true, actually hitting the left chainstay and locking up the wheel. If this would have happened on a training ride or commute, I would have been screwed. At least with a conventional wheel one can open up the brakes and use a spoke wrench to make things rideable. 2) Riding a $600+ wheelset in the rain and muck does not make much sense. It is much cheaper and easier to replace a conventional rim when it wears out than a Ksyrium. I have re-built a front Ksyrium and it is a much more difficult build than a conventional wheel.

Just my $.02