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Got my 2004 Prima Elans today...(14 posts)

Got my 2004 Prima Elans today...Shylock
Jan 14, 2004 2:19 PM
...1353 grams with rimstrip ( 593 front, 760 ). Indeed, this is about 60 grams heavier than the purported 1295 grams, but given the (seemingly) heavy duty rimstrip which I doubt they included in their published weights, I'm pretty impressed.

I'm a bit perturbed with them for not including a wheelbag which they claim on their website comes with their wheels, but perhaps they'll take care of me when I call them/email them.

Feel the gin
did you pay $850?? (nm)C-40
Jan 14, 2004 5:37 PM
Well, actually they were a birthday present from my wife...Shylock
Jan 14, 2004 6:10 PM
...so it's kinda weird talking about price:)

Truth be told, she paid a little over 700 bucks. The wholesale price with shipping is $540 bucks. I'd say she got a good deal. And damn, I only mentioned I was interested in them once and she remembered. Think I'll keep her.

I've been running Open pros on record hubs with 32 dt revolutions and alloy nips per wheel. That's a damn light wheelset and very durable...and they cost me 200 bucks. I've thus held off on buying anything fancy for a couple years, now.

Time will tell how they do. Sadly we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow.

feel the gin
Well, actually they were a birthday present from my wife...InTraining
Jan 15, 2004 8:19 AM
Good luck with your new wheels, I switched from OP's to Elans last year. They are great wheels over 2000 miles no issues, still true.
I just did a ride on them...Shylock
Jan 15, 2004 11:33 AM
Braved the wind and cold....I knew they were going to be light, but didn't expect them to be so laterally stiff. The Open pro wheelset I mentioned always had a bit of a flex issue -- so much so, I tied the spokes with dental floss to stiffen them up. The Elans are amzing in this regard. Wind up is also far superior to the Record Open pros.

I just might become a believer in the "paired spoke" hype.

Did you need to use a spacer behind the cassette to keep the derailleur cage from hitting the spokes ? (I did -- glad I had one:))

feel the gin
Jealousy!!Coolhand
Jan 15, 2004 12:10 PM
Craig and I are getting a set of those, but not until February. I want to have them for the Wintergreen time trial. You doing that one?

Coolhand
We shall have to see how the knees are doing...Shylock
Jan 15, 2004 12:31 PM
....come March. I think I'm developing some bad arthritis. If I've been on the bike enough by March, I'll probably be able to do it ( cycling is the only thing that seems to help my knees, but if I'm off the bike too much, it's a painful experience alot of the time)

So, I show up at the shop yesterday to exchange a whacked out sigma heartrate monitor. As I'm driving up I see UPS is delivering a box from Rolf. Knew those were mine. So I go in there and Mike tells me that Craig hasn't left him a check for the COD. So basically, they're about to head back to Oregon. Mike suggests I pay the COD with a check if I want the wheels then and there. Of course, I have to locate the wife and check with her before plunking down the coin. A few phone calls later, I'm walking out the door with my new wheels, a week ahead of schedule.

How much do you weigh, by the..uh...weigh?

feel the gin
Careful cassette choiceCoolhand
Jan 16, 2004 6:07 AM
Spin to win my friend. Maybe something like a 27-29 for the nasty mountain climbs like wintergreen or montebello.

Right now I weigh 184-185 depending on dinner ect. I am working on getting in plenty of base miles. Unfortunately, given the insane cold of the last week or two I have been spending way too much time on the trainer. But this year I want to try a few races on the road, which means building up an decent base first. Last year most of my training was high intensity group rides.

Coolhand
rims...took
Jan 15, 2004 1:19 PM
the rims on these wheels look very similar to those used on the american classic 350s. anyone know if they are the same?
yescollinsc
Jan 15, 2004 7:38 PM
they are.

take a wild guess at what the Vigors are...
yestook
Jan 16, 2004 6:06 AM
i gotcha...my understanding is that these are the IRD cadence rims, minus the eyelets. I actually have a pair of the ird's on order now and plan to build up a set. we'll see how it goes...the eyelets add some weight/durability, but still supposed to weigh around 390g.
Paid $562 last fall w/wheelbagsroadeeforlife
Jan 16, 2004 7:36 AM
I love these rims!!! Super light with good looks and nice and stiff. Mine weighed in at the same weight.
wow! Why so cheap?Shylock
Jan 16, 2004 2:51 PM
...That's roughly 20 dollars over current wholesale including shipping.

I have to agree. These puppies are so much stiffer than one would expect given their weight. Amazing AMAZING windup.

feel the gin
wow! Why so cheap?roadeeforlife
Jan 18, 2004 9:23 AM
My local bike shop gave me a deal I couldn't pass up!