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Which Wheelset for new Bike???(7 posts)

Which Wheelset for new Bike???BIG MIKE
Aug 22, 2001 6:53 PM
Read an article on comparing several wheelsets {Ksyrium,Nucleon,Chris King/Mavic,Palermo} and I am 215lbs 6'5" riding in the Rockies and not sure which way to go. I will only have one set to ride on. I thought I was going to get the Ks but I might be to heavy for them??? Help me on 28,32 or 36 spokes on a custom King/Mavic CXP-33. Heard a lot of good things on Ks but I didn't know how heavy the riders were reporting.
Contact Joe Young...Cima Coppi
Aug 22, 2001 7:07 PM
Go to and send Joe an e-mail with your questions. He's an outright authority on wheel building. He built me up a set of FiR SC170 32 hole with DT double butted spokes that are bomb proof. He'll recommend the right combination for your build, riding style, and bike. I think he can do the King hubs (they are not listed on his website), but don't rule out Phil Wood hubs. They are excellent hubs.

Good luck,

Good call, JY is a great builder (nm)peloton
Aug 22, 2001 7:19 PM
How 'bout that?SteveS
Aug 23, 2001 1:20 PM
I dropped in and visited Joe Young at his current home/shop in July and he spent over an hour with me as I discussed having some non-boutique custom wheels built. I found him straight forward and honest. He does have his preferences and doesn't care for Chris King particularly but he said he will build what a customer wants. He did recommend Phil Wood, DTs new line of hubs whose name I have forgotten, but he didn't seem fond of Dura Ace or Record hubs. Whatever, I was impressed and will use him to build me a set of wheels when I decide to make the move. He has some pretty good fans in Grant Peterson of Rivendell and Sheldon Brown.
Mr. BigPaulCL
Aug 23, 2001 5:18 AM
I just came home from a week of riding in the Rockies. One of my riding companions was 6'7" and probably in the upper 200's. He rode K's without any problems. He's put nearly 4000 miles on them this year - I'm not sure how long he has had them.

I know several guys over 200lbs that ride the Kysriums.
re: Which Wheelset for new Bike???mmaggi
Aug 23, 2001 5:50 AM
At 215lbs, I would shy away from the Ks. Those who sell them claim they're a very strong wheelset, but the low spoke count puts weight limits that Mavic won't tell you about. I realize they're a nice looking wheelset, but you'll be going through spokes left and right.

32 hole Mavic Open Pros or 32 hole CXP33s will be fine. You still might pop a spoke every now and then, but it can be easily fixed.

Make sure you get a good wheelbuilder.
re: Which Wheelset for new Bike???Ian
Aug 24, 2001 7:26 AM
Big Mike, get whichever wheels appeal to you. I have a buddy, 6'2" and 215-220lbs, has K's on all three of his bikes and has not had any problems with any pair. I also weigh 215lbs and just topped 2,000 miles on a pair of Velomax Orion Comps, no problems, have stayed trued since an intial first ride truing. And these are wheels that weigh 1,530 grams for the pair, even lighter than the K's. And of course, no one could argue with 32 spoke wheels. There is plenty of good product out there, and like I said at the beginning, get what appeals to you.