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New Bike - Which Wheels?(23 posts)

New Bike - Which Wheels?C-Squared
Dec 13, 2001 7:19 PM
Okay guys -

After lots of lusting for a new ride, I have a custom Seven Odonatta being made for me as we speak.

I have really gone for broke and ordered the Seven carbon seat post, Seven-Wound carbon fork and their titanium stem too. I'm using King headset, Easton carbon bars, Dura-Ace kit. Not only will it fit me like a glove, it will look really killer too - screaming red and black (hey - i'm a girl - looks matter).

The big decision left is which wheel set....
I think I've narrowed it down to:

Ksyrium SSC or Velomax Ascents?

I'm about 135 lbs, do multi-day long distance rides, want all the help I can get climbing. Not a racer, but I want to be ABLE to kick it when i want to.

Which wheels??

Thanks - and PS be kind........???
re: New Bike - Which Wheels?allervite
Dec 13, 2001 7:58 PM
I would go with the Mavics. It probably will not make that much difference for you though. Which ones will look better on that screaming red and black machine?
I prefer round ones.Ahimsa
Dec 13, 2001 8:00 PM
I dunno, get the Velomax Ascents. You certainly are light enough for about any wheels ya want I suppose.

Still (and yes it has been said a million times, i know) I think your custom bike deserves custom wheels built by a local wrench. You go get some nice DA hubs and then start shopping rims and you'll have more fun than agonizing over boutique wheelsets. Any local wheel builders in yer vicinity?

Just my BS opine though.


yeah, right!gtx
Dec 14, 2001 10:55 AM
hand built wheels? What are you, some kind of retro freak? :)

I think red King hugs with red Mavic rims if you want to get silly with the red thing. Or black Kings with black Mavic rims. Or my personal fav--silver w/silver.

regarding those Velomax wheels, I was doing a tune up on a friend's bike, she had an almost new set of those Velomax wheels (probably less than 500 miles and she doesn't weigh much), and they had minor verticle hops and were also a bit out of true. Wasn't too impressed.
re: New Bike - Which Wheels?Bill RHIT
Dec 13, 2001 9:43 PM
If it were me I'd have to go with some Zipp 303's. There isn't a sweeter wheel out there (except for maybe the 404's) and they just look mean. The lables on thw wheels are red and black too. Just seems like it was meant to be!!
re: New Bike - Which Wheels?jkh
Dec 13, 2001 9:43 PM
Go for the Mavic, I like the way it looks. But don't get it wrong, Velomax is a set of good wheels too. In fact, I have a set of Circuit on my Schwinn.

Like you, I am building another bike: Ciocc Challenger Carbon seatstay, Campy Record/Chorus mix, probably USE carbon seatpost and Cinelli Solida bar/stem. What wheelsets? Either Mavic Ksyrium SSC or Campagnolo Neutron. What do you think?
re: New Bike - Which Wheels?mackgoo
Dec 14, 2001 3:40 AM
I too would sway you from your current list and point you to the Zipps. These are excellent wheels and bullet proof. I would say the 303's or a used set of 340's, actually there's a Dura Ace set of 340's on E bay right now. I'm currently using a set of 440's, early 404's. I find that the really deep section such as these wheels catches the cross winds too much for my ridding which is just an enthusiast who likes to ride fast, so I'll be picking up some 340's and then putting the 440's up for sale.
Campy Wheels work well for medzrider
Dec 14, 2001 5:29 AM
I got Campy Electrons and like them. They accelerate quickly, spin very smoothly, cost a little less than Nucleons, and have stayed very true. The black hubs and and rims would look really cool on your bike. I've never admiited this b4, but the biggest reason I didn't get Ksyriums was not liking the graphics.
Peel the stickers offpmf1
Dec 14, 2001 5:52 AM
The stickers come right off on the Ksyriums. The glue takes a little elbow grease (and some mineral spirits). Once you get the "disco stickers" off, they look great.
the you're just left withDA
Dec 14, 2001 6:09 AM
those gigantic black bladed spokes...... ugh
the you're just left withpmf1
Dec 14, 2001 6:28 AM
Nay, they look cooler without the silvery stickers. I don't like logos all over my equipment.

My wife agrees with you though. She won't let me peel the stickers off her pair.
either wayDA
Dec 14, 2001 8:15 AM
re: New Bike - Which Wheels?pmf1
Dec 14, 2001 5:48 AM
Ksyriums are nice wheels, but do have a bit of a harsh ride to them that may be even more evident at your weight. An economical alternative would be speed dream aerolights. I bought a pair of these recently and have been impressed with them. They weighed in at 1435 grams/set (w/o skewers) which is quite a bit less than Ksyriums and cost around $500 shipped which is also cheaper. Built by a guy who builds bike wheels for a living ( You have to call him, talk to him and then wait until he builds them (about 2 weeks if everything is in stock). These are lighter and more comfortable than the Ksyruims I have. I haven't ridden them long enough to know if they're as strong. Ksyruim is a bulletproof wheel. At 135 lbs though, strength is less of an issue for you.

For this price, you could also pick up a set of Heliums on close-out which would look styling with your red bike. People put these wheels down, but they've hauled my 190 lbs butt all over the place for years without any problems. Its always nice to have a spare set of wheels. I hear Velomax are good wheels as well, but have never tried them. Neither are as light as the speeddreams.

If you really want to pull out all the stops ... Zipp 303 or 404. Light, aero, way cool and way way expensive. I've always lusted after Zipps, but between my wife and I, we have 5 road bikes and 9 sets of wheels. I've been blowing money on stereo equipment instead lately. Enjoy the new bike. January is a tough month for the arrival of a new bike, unless you live in CA, AZ, FL.
re: New Bike - Which Wheels?madstork
Dec 14, 2001 5:59 AM
Since you like multi-day long distance rides, I recommend something custom from an experienced builder using easily obtainable parts. If your long rides are supported by mechanics, I think they would have the parts to quickly rebuild your wheels if you break a spoke for example. How about black Open Pros, black DT Rev spokes, and black Chris King hubs? This would give you a solid, light wheelset that I think would look good on your bike.

And why not another wheelset for other rides? Go for the Mavic K's! And congratulations on the new ride!
Ditto ck/op...Crankist
Dec 14, 2001 6:27 AM
...and the hubs are available in Red as well for "accessorsizer" in you. This is a terrific, reliable
wheelset - and the rear hub comes with a built-in "keep-spinning" module! Try
Ditto ck/op...davidl
Dec 14, 2001 7:32 AM
My Excel OP's are really fine wheels. I recommend them!
Custom Bike deserves custom wheels. nmcyclinseth
Dec 14, 2001 7:53 AM
Off the subject...MikeC
Dec 14, 2001 8:29 AM
Is your Odonata ti or steel? I've never seen a painted ti Seven, and I'm kinda curious how they look.
Before anyone says anything...MikeC
Dec 14, 2001 8:32 AM
Yes, I know that painted ti will look just like painted steel. What I really mean is how good a job does Seven do, are we talking fades over nude ti, etc.?
Off the subject...C-squared
Dec 14, 2001 2:33 PM
I opted for steel. I talked with someone locally who got the same steel/carbon combo and loves it! The sample bike I saw at the lbs - was the cleanest work I've seen.
The paint looked deep and rich too. I'm going single color body with carbon and black accents.

I'll post my likes/dislikes when I get it - probably in the next 2 weeks.
Zip 404Dog Breath
Dec 14, 2001 9:14 AM
Make sure you get the current model year if ordering clincher, as they have improved the construction of recent.
The price is actually quite reasonable compared to the new Campy wheels, I think I saw them on sale for $800.

They are light enought to qualify as a climbing wheel but are still very aero.

As for sex appeal, they will no doubt compliment your high-end, high-tech ride.
Zip 303sJon
Dec 14, 2001 9:33 AM
These wheels are "way cool", colour co-ordinate with your dream machine. I just bought a tubular
set and they weight in at--get this!--1058 grams! You want to kick some serious butt on hills?
These are the wheels.
re: New Bike - Which Wheels?JimP
Dec 18, 2001 12:44 PM
I noticed you have selected Easton carbon bars. Please check with Easton if you are planning to use any add-on bars. I checked with them this spring about add-on aero bars and the recommended against using them. They said that they were working on some form of aero bars themselves.