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Cosmos or DA w/ opens for a daily commuter...(7 posts)

Cosmos or DA w/ opens for a daily commuter...SelfPropelled
Jul 16, 2002 2:46 AM
Found a deal where I can get some Mavic cosmos a little cheaper than Dura ace w/ mavic opens but wonder which will really suit me better in longevity. I do a lot of riding so the DA/opens have 3x 32h yet I hear the cosmos are really strong and a breeze to service. The Cosmos look pretty smooth, this ones hard. Any advice would be appreciated.
~Ryan
re: for a daily commuter...?Chen2
Jul 16, 2002 6:13 AM
Hope you've got a good secure place to lock your bike.
~Al
over-egging the puddingscruffyduncan
Jul 16, 2002 6:54 AM
Buy 6 sets of cheap wheels for the same price. It's only for commuting after all. That extra weight'll be good training too.
Consider the concept of "beater."cory
Jul 16, 2002 7:26 AM
I agree w/Scruffy--it's too much wheel for the job. I live in an area with very little bike theft, but I still commute on either an old Trek converted to singlespeed or a 10-year-old Bridgestone mountain bike with slicks. They're fine to ride, almost never need maintenance and I just lock them up with a cable and combination lock. Nobody wants 'em, and I don't much care if they get wet, muddy or whatever. Soon as you start making your commuter attractive, then you have to start worrying about it.
Reallydzrider
Jul 16, 2002 10:52 AM
My commuter is a 1980 Trek. I use it to recycle old parts and have some Mavic MA-40 rims w/American Classic hubs on it. Its tires barely fit between the chain stays. Your chances for survival as a commuter are greatly increased if you don't have to sweat pot holes in heavy traffic and feel comfortable going up or down a curb when necessary. Leave the light wheels and thin tires for times when you can enjoy them
re: Cosmos or DA w/ opens for a daily commuter...tmac13
Jul 16, 2002 8:36 AM
I have had trouble with my Cosmos, can't keep them true and the front wheel clicks like crazy. Also are very flexy when I climb. I do weigh 195, but I don't think the Mavic factory builds them with enough tension. Hubs are quite smooth though.
Thanks allSelfPropelled
Jul 16, 2002 3:39 PM
Will probably go ahead and find a cheaper route. I have 10-15 yr old ultegra/opens on an early 80's tommasini already but dont feel so safe on em' as of now. They have been more than supple and lasted a long time. The hubs are making grinding/whiring noises (reservicing cones and bearings aint worth it now) and the tension on the wheels are way out of wack not to mention all the stripped nipples. ride ride ride ~ryan