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Hed Alps v. Mavic Kysrium SSC SL(5 posts)

Hed Alps v. Mavic Kysrium SSC SLTonyR
Apr 8, 2002 7:48 AM
OK let's try this a different way.

I want a set of light wheels that I can ride in most conditions. Lots of climbs and decents in my rides, so I'd like light, but also want stiff and reliable.

In the US they are about the same price, but I've found the Mavic's at for $560. I'd prefer to buy the US-made product (especially since the Mavic's come from the Axis of Cheese), but money is money afterall.

Any opinions out there?

How much do you weigh and how hard are you on wheels (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 8, 2002 8:43 AM
How much do you weigh and how hard are you on wheels (nm)TonyR
Apr 8, 2002 9:13 AM
Oops, you're right, good questions. I just edged under 200lbs. (in a way these are a gift to myself for getting fit). Ultimately I'll be in the 190lbs range, as I'm just a bulky person. I suspect that I'm hard on wheels, as even when I raced juniors at 165lbs. (almost 30 years ago), I tended to have problems with them (and other components).

Alps made in Spain.JS
Apr 8, 2002 9:16 AM
In fact Not one HED product is made in the USA anymore. I almost purchased a pair of Alps last year but after seeing and hearing first hand horror stories I went with ZIPP 404's and haven't regretted it.
Thanks JSTonyR
Apr 8, 2002 9:51 AM
Wow, I thought he still made the discs up there in Minnesota. I'll take your word for it though.
I'd consider the Zipp 404's, however, are they more than the 303's, which run @$1100.00? The Heds would have been pushing my price point as it was.