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Good Aero Wheelset for a Very Big Boy(7 posts)

Good Aero Wheelset for a Very Big BoyCitius
May 25, 2001 9:48 AM
I'm thinking of taking the financial plunge and investing in a very nice wheelset. I'm considering Mavic Ksyriums, Rolf Vector Pros, and Zipp 404's. What complicates this decision is that I am a larger rider - 225lbs. I would like a wheelset that I can race with, but also train with and not have to worry about durability. Any larger riders have experience with any of these wheelsets? Is there something else out there that I should be considering?

I ride a Litespeed Ultimate with full Shimano DA.

re: Good Aero Wheelset for a Very Big Boypeloton
May 25, 2001 10:47 AM
Consider Mavic Cosmic Elites too. They are areo, and real strong from my experience. I'm 190, ridden my set over 4000 miles, and haven't had to touch them yet. I have a large friend who puts in lots of miles on the Kysiriums too. They look nice as well.
re: Good Aero Wheelset for a Very Big BoyJimm
May 25, 2001 10:56 AM
Even though the Rolfs are verrrry popular, IMHO bigger folks should avoid them. The tension on the spokes is big time high...when one breaks, look out! Not only is it virtually impossible to ride, it's very dangerous (not to mention tuff to fix/replace on the road and not found on the shelf of most LBS's). I'm running Mavic Open Pros. I like them MUCH better than the Rolfs I had. Good luck!
mavic CXP33s have been good so far, i'm 190ish # (NM)Haiku d'état
May 25, 2001 12:03 PM
I'm 6'6" and 225, and have had good luck with Rolfs.Largo
May 25, 2001 1:08 PM
Tons of training miles on comps, and zero problems, and Pro's for racing with zero probs.
CXP33 rimsDSA
May 25, 2001 1:31 PM
I weigh 185# and ride Mavic CXP33 rims with 32h Chorus hubs. The wheels were built by Colorado Cyclist and have been absolutely bullet-proof. After close to 1000 miles, I haven't had to true them once and they've seen the worst potholes, cracks and frost heaves Maine's roads have to offer. I have been amazed at their strength, which does not come at a significant weight penalty. Sure, they're heavier than Kysrium's or Helium's, but I've used them in time trials and races with no problems.
re: Good Aero Wheelset for a Very Big BoyIan
May 25, 2001 5:22 PM
I have a few riding buddies that use Ksyriums, they weigh 195 and 220. They have not had any problems with their wheels. I weigh 210 and ride the Velomax Orion Comps. They are 1/2 pound lighter than the Ksyriums and it is nice to have something different.