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Heliums for cyclocross?(5 posts)

Heliums for cyclocross?BAC
Aug 13, 2001 6:31 PM
Any opinions out there on using Mavic Heliums for cross racing? Are they strong enough to take the abuse? Thanks. Brad
re: Heliums for cyclocross?Jan Gerrit Klok = "TUFO-man"
Aug 13, 2001 8:54 PM
Mavic says : For road use, and not for riders over 75kg. So I'm affraid it might not be such a grand plan to use them for cross, unless you're a real featherlight. However, some people can get away with just anything, without breaking their critical stuff.
If you want Light wheels, consider building a custom set with good spokes, for instande the Sapim CX-RAYs. These are 1.8-1.5-1.8 spokes that are ovelised to 2.0-0.9-2.0. The result is a spokes that is stronger than a standard 2.0-1.8-2.0 spoke, plus it looks cool. Find some nice and light rims and get affordable light hubs, such as the Hügi 240. Result : a strong wheelset with Helium-like weight and price.
Myself, I just got a set of 58mm high Zipp 360 rims, 24+28 Sapim CX-Rays around Tune hubs. 1305 grams in total and sooooo fast! Just the price kinda hurt me... But, I have lots of rooms for my Tufo-stickers on the rims, hehe...

Good luck with your wheels!!

Happy trails.
re: Heliums for cyclocross?wscott
Aug 14, 2001 3:53 AM
After seeing a number of riders on Heliums last year and deciding I wanted to go tubular I picked up a brand new set of tubular Heliums via the classifieds here (actually paid less than cost for them!). I went with the Tufo tires. From a performance standpoint, at least for cyclocross, tubulars were noticeably better, more compliant ride and better cornering. As for the Heliums, noticeably light (compared to the generic wheels that I was riding before), really accelerated well out of corners and the barriers. I used them for the latter half of the year, I'm no lightweight (160 lbs or so) and had no problems, but that was with race only use. So performance was great, longevity, too early to say.
Is it because you ride for that cool FSVS squad?
Aug 16, 2001 6:17 PM
The wheels must have worked so well because you ride for such a strong cross squad!
re: Heliums for cyclocross?Jackman
Aug 22, 2001 4:31 PM
Stay away from Heliums, in the end they will died on you. The cost to rebuild them is not worth the money. Last season I race on a set of Hugi 240's (I used the Hugi's over King & White Ind cause they are quite, I hate noisey rear hubs) on open Pros (same rim as helium) built the front radial with DT Rev spokes alloy nips and the rear 3x on DT dB spokes alloy nipples. They wheels lasted all season and I trained and raced on them this road season. I saw quite a few people racing on the Ksyriums, but then again that the strongest wheel on the market in its weight class, also it's what Mavic based the MTN tubeless rim design on. Strong wheel, I might race my road set this cross season, oh by the way I weigh 185 and I'm pretty mean on my bike.