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Campy Eurus or Rolf Elan Aero wheels(3 posts)

Campy Eurus or Rolf Elan Aero wheelsFignons_ponytail
Feb 6, 2004 4:23 PM
Deciding on a wheelset for my new bike. I already have several sets of standard Record hubs/open pros or cxp33's and want something different. I've narrowed it down to these two. I'm 6 feet tall, 162-172 pounds depending on time of year, and race cat 3 road. The terrain where I ride is constant uphill, downhill, with most hills being about 8% grade, 1 kilometer in length.

The Eurus get great reviews as being bombproof, etc..., but they really aren't any lighter than a standard record/open pro wheelset. They may be slightly more aero, as they use a 30mm rim and reduced spoke count. They also look cool...

The Rolf Elan Aero (the Aero option is a build using Sapim CX-Ray spokes) is super light, uses a 25mm rim, and reduced spoke count. The rim is also very light. I haven't seen too many reviews on them, but the few posts I've seen on the web indicate they are actually a very solid wheelset. The only negative I've come across is they are probably about $200 more than the Eurus wheels. Should I worry about the long term durability of these wheels?

These will only be used on weekends (club rides/races), as all of my weekly training is on my commuter bike.

Any thoughts???
don't own either...Bonked
Feb 7, 2004 1:09 PM
so keep in mind that this is stricktly my opinion! the eurus are probably more show than go because, as you mention, they don't weigh that much less than record/open pros and the Elans are expensive. I would either stick with a standard, heavier wheelset for less money or, if i were concerned about weight, buy some zipp tubies. i've seen them for not much more than the elans (http://www.racycles.com/eq/catalog/wheels_177738_products.htm) and, imo, they are pretty much the ultimate road race wheel.

good luck!
don't own either...Fignons_ponytail
Feb 8, 2004 2:26 PM
Thanks for the input. Several guys on my team use the Zipps (tubies and clinchers) and like them for race wheels. I've done tubies in the past, and have no desire to deal with them again. Hence, my leaning toward the Elans and their light weight.