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Velomax wheel oppinions(7 posts)

Velomax wheel oppinions2cflyr
May 3, 2002 9:50 AM
Thinking about ordering a set of the Tempest comps to replace my older stock ultegra/mavic rims (2 years old). All in all, I would be shaving close to one pound. Sounds like a good idea, but would like to know what everyone else has heard/ done with velomax wheels.
Thanks ahead of time!
Wheel choicesJekyll
May 3, 2002 10:07 AM
You should be able to build a set of DA with OP or Velocity Aerohead wheels for half of the $700 msrp of the Tempest and probably better weight.
Or you can buy Ksyrium SSL for $550 (form UK).
Check out some custom builders like or for quality wheels at very reasonable prices. The Tempest are hardly light weight wheels either way. From personal experience, I would say that Velomax build quality is suspect.
There is also a thread on this in the components forum.
whoops bad URLJekyll
May 3, 2002 10:12 AM - sorry
re: Velomax wheel oppinionsSkip
May 3, 2002 10:10 AM
I've been riding a pair of Velomax Ascent Comps for over a year and really love them. Light, semi-aero, accellerate quickly, stay true, nice riding, attractive, quality product, etc.
re: Velomax wheel oppinionsWannabe
May 3, 2002 10:37 AM
Well, I am far from an expert, but I love my Orions. 700 miles on them and no problems (or wobble) yet.

Velomax problemsDMoore
May 3, 2002 11:37 AM
I have a pair of Orion pros (sewup rims) and have had lots of problems. When still practically brand new, a rear spoke broke while I was coasting down a hill on smooth pavement. VM fixed it, but I was out of luck on the damage to the new paint job on my bike and the cuts on my leg. Then the rear rim developed cracks at every drive side spoke hole. They replaced the rim. However, in the process of fixing that problem they created a new one - they either changed or readjusted the cassette body. In any event, the cassette I'd previously used on that wheel (an aftermarket Ti cassette for Campy spacing) no longer fit. VM swore they'd done nothing, it must be my fault. I was forced to buy a heavy, expensive steel cassette to be able to use the wheel at all.

The VM wheels are now my training/beater wheels. I tried repeatedly to sell them, with no interest. For racing I replaced them with a set of Zipp 303's, which are terrific.

I've never had a worse experience with any cycling product in 30 years of riding.
One thing about the Circuit CompsEMR
May 3, 2002 12:22 PM
Velomax wheels=good, Joytech cassette bodies=bad. The low end Circuit Comp wheels (only) use inferior Joytech cassette bodies. I had one go out in less than 1k miles! The bad thing is since they use a different mounting interface they are not interchangeable with shimano cassette bodies (you'r stuck with Joytech for good). Again, this only applies to the Circuit Comps. Velomax customer service is pretty good though.