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velomax wheelset -campy 9speed-how do you do it?(8 posts)

velomax wheelset -campy 9speed-how do you do it?capdog
Apr 15, 2002 5:36 PM
i`m looking to upgrade my wheelset to velomax...is there a kit or an after market cassette available to make this work...velomax recommends usings a shimano cassette with a deraillier adjustment....i am a bit wary of this option...any ideas out there....?
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re: velomax wheelset -campy 9speed-how do you do it?RadicalRonPruitt
Apr 15, 2002 6:10 PM
The option they recommend works. I think it might be your only option.
re: velomax wheelset -campy 9speed-how do you do it?curlybike
Apr 15, 2002 7:27 PM
The wheels Manuf. Accelerator cassette works. You have to be very careful when adjusting the der. upper limit screw. The der cage gets scary close to the spokes. You have to make sure that you don't get a tinking of the spokes on a hard climb. Ask Velomax about that option. I think the newest hubs even reduce the der-spoke clearance. I do know that the Eurus by Campy works fine. They are priced well.
re: velomax wheelset -campy 9speed-how do you do it?DMoore
Apr 15, 2002 8:20 PM
I have Orion Pro's with a Campy 9 speed setup. I used to run an aftermarket Ti cogset, but after some repairs on the wheels at Velomax that cassette no longer fits.

I now have the Wheels Mfg. Accelerator cassette. It fits a Shimano spline (the VM) but is properly spaced for Campy 9 speed. It shifts fine, and is the only option I'm aware of to get proper Campy spacing on that wheel. DuraAce is workable, but it's not quite correct.

Unfortunately, the Accelerator cassette is all steel and weighs a ton. These were my race wheels, and I was more than happy to give up steel's durability for lighter weight with Ti cogs. That apparently is no longer an option.

I've had all sorts of trouble with the VM wheels. Broken spoke (coasting, downhill, smooth road, less than 200 miles from new) and a cracked rim. After a few hundred more miles, the rear wheel was cracked at every single drive side spoke hole. Mind you, these wheels were used for racing only, and in 25K miles I've only broken one other spoke.

In a word -- think about a different set of wheels! The VM's will seriously limit your cog options, and they aren't all that great. I've tried repeatedly to sell mine, but can't find any takers.
re: velomax wheelset -campy 9speed-how do you do it?curlybike
Apr 16, 2002 8:10 AM
I am surprised to hear of your troubles. I know many people with V/M and the only problems have been caused by crashes and terrible road hazards.
re: velomax wheelset -campy 9speed-how do you do it?DMoore
Apr 16, 2002 1:51 PM
The folks at VM acted surprised too, claiming they've had only a handful of broken spokes. My wheels have never crashed, and all problems occurred on perfectly smooth road. I've always been easy on gear. In my last 25K miles, I've broken one other spoke. That was on a very old set of beater wheels, when I hit a pothole in the dark.

Even more than the breakage, what upsets me about VM is the way they messed up my rear wheel. They blamed me when the same cassette I'd taken off no longer fit on the wheel when they returned it to me. I hadn't changed a thing, so they must have done something. But they refused to acknowledge the possibility, and continued to insist it was my fault.

OTOH, the Zipp 303's that replaced the VM's as my race wheels have been flawless.
Any reason why?McAndrus
Apr 16, 2002 6:13 AM
Why are you going with a Shimano hub if you're riding a Campy group? There are many good wheelsets out there that are already compatible.
Why?Jekyll
Apr 16, 2002 10:57 AM
Like a couple of the other people have said, why bother with playing cassette games when there are so many quality wheels at similar prices that IMO are better than Velomax either way?
You can get a set of Campy spec'd Ksyriums for around $550 all day long (for UK, etc). Having owned Velomax Ascents and Ksyriums you could not give me a set of Velomax free. The Ascent rear was a POS. Improperly tensioned from the factory it went out of true in the first 200 miles and refused to stay true regardless of the my and LBS attempts to work with it. Velomax's answer was that no one but them should work on their wheels - sure, I enjoy typing in tracking numbers in place of riding. Going on 5K with the K's with one 30 second touch up....