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What should I do?(9 posts)

What should I do?BC
Mar 7, 2001 12:21 PM
Hey, I am faced with a choice. Would it be wiser to spend $410 upgrading to all Ulterega drivetrain or spending $399 on a set of Mavic Heliums?
re: What should I do?Akirasho
Mar 7, 2001 12:37 PM
... depends on what you've already got and what you're trying to accomplish.

While not as flashy as a new gruppo, an upgraded wheelset (and tires) generally gives more performance bang for the buck on a given bike. The Heliums might make for more efficient climbing and riding in general.

Be the bike.
Always wheels firstDog
Mar 7, 2001 12:39 PM
Not saying Heliums are the choice here, but assuming your existing drivetrain works ok, you'll always get more performance increase from better wheels first. I'll leave it to others to recommend what wheels, but I'll say that some DA hubs with Open Pro rims would be about the same as Heliums.

Wheels. You'll never notice the difference in UltegraCory
Mar 7, 2001 2:40 PM
I'm assuming you already have a decent setup, something like 105. The functional difference between that and Ultegra is pretty small, nowhere near $400 worth. You'll feel the wheels right away.
Mar 7, 2001 2:52 PM
Wheels!You'll alaways notice the difference in weight when it's on the wheels as opposed to some weight savings somewhere else.
re: What should I do?BC
Mar 7, 2001 3:17 PM
Thanks, guys! Although I was already leaning toward the wheels you have given me reason to go ahead.
Yep! Gotta agree with the wheels, although...shmoo
Mar 7, 2001 4:10 PM might check out Excel's Cirrus wheelset. Damn near the same wheel (for all practical purposes), light, and servicable - AND a 100 bones cheaper. As far as your components go, wait until each piece wears out before you start replacing, and then upgrade. (I'll bet you get tired of waiting. The stuff will probably last longer than you own the bike).
re: What should I do?4bykn
Mar 8, 2001 7:01 AM
I must have seen the same ad for the $399 Heliums. A question: will the heliums hold up to a heavier (190) rider, and would they be a significant improvement to my brand new Ultegra-Open Pros. How about maintenance, do these require special spokes or tools?
re: What should I do?Lazy
Mar 8, 2001 8:41 AM
I weigh about 190 sometimes. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Anyhow, I have a set of Heliums and haven't had any problems with them. Admitedly I only have about 500 miles on them though. They do have straight pull spokes, not sure about availability or maintenance of them though.