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Mavic Ksyrium vs. Rolf Vector Pro(4 posts)

Mavic Ksyrium vs. Rolf Vector ProVimalakirti
May 5, 2002 8:14 AM
I ride a 2001 Cannondale R600, and after repeated problems with the back wheel, the CXP 21/CODA wheelset finally has to go. I think I've narrowed my search down to the Ksyrium and the Vector Pro. I know they're both great wheels, and I'll probably get 20 different answers--but what are the pros and cons between the two? I'm 6'2", 170#, and I ride the bike on very flat terrain, kind of windy conditions, plenty of potholes (i.e., Chicago, IL).
Go with Mavic KsyriumsPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 5, 2002 2:26 PM
I have 3 Cannondales and to save weight they make the wheels fairly light... which means if you weigh more than a feather your in trouble. I'm 5'9 and around 170 lbs but a sprinter so spokes breaking are nothing new to me.

So heres why I favour the Mavic's:
1) I rode them in Trinidad on the bumpiest roads imaginable... got out of true after close to 3 weeks and nailing some huge fricking potholes but meh.
2) lower rim weight - Rolf wheels weigh down the rim so it doesn't cave in when you hit a pothole. Also if you ever need to accelerate very fast your not gonna have all that rotational weight.
3) more spokes - if you ever are unfortunate to lose a spoke your not screwed and can need be ride it in... with Rolf's you risk the entire wheelset. Sure Mavic's use aluminum spokes but meh.
4) even with more spokes they still use aluminum aero spokes
5) All round aren't they lighter than rolf's anyway?
6) Both wheelsets won't be affected much more by wind anymore than your average spoked wheel and if you notice it I'd be amazed.

Thats my 2 cents!

Nick Corcoran
I agree and check out while you're at it! (nm)Sintesi at home
May 5, 2002 5:08 PM
Another vote for the K's and!!!!!! (nm)Jekyll
May 5, 2002 5:23 PM