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What wheels for a new bike?(7 posts)

What wheels for a new bike?mmquest
Jul 27, 2002 9:15 PM
I have a new bike almost on the way...I just need to choose some wheels. I was originally going to go with Chorus hubs built to Mavic rims, but have recently been thinking about Ksyrium SSCs or Elites. I can get any of the three mentioned for about the same price (read, "for my upcoming birthday I would really like upgraded wheels for my new bike"), but am concerned about the durability of the Ksyriums. I have read all the reviews that say how "bullet proof" they are, but I am a little suspicious, especially of the SSCs. I am an engineer and know that most top-line equipment is designed to be fast and not necessarily durable. Will the SSCs last as long as a set of Elites or Chorus wheels? And can you rebuild the hubs or are they sealed?

I (will) have two bikes, one for recovery rides or rides in bad weather and the new one which will be strictly used for long training rides and racing in good weather. These wheels will be on the new bike.


Thank you in advance...
If you can find them...DrPete
Jul 28, 2002 9:02 AM
Rolf makes a quality wheel. I've been on a pair of Vector Comps for 2 years now and haven't had to take so much as a spoke wrench to them--not once. On top of that, they're stiff on the climbs and oh-so-fast in the flats and on descents. They're also much cheaper than the Ksyrium SSC, though lots of people have great things to say about those too.

Problem is Rolfs are kinda hard to find since Trek quit distributing them, but I'm sure with a bit of looking you can find some used or even new.
Rolf vs. Ksyrium?filtersweep
Jul 28, 2002 11:56 AM
I have the SSCs and a pair of Vector Comps, and there is no comparison- the SSCs blow them out of the water.

My thinking is this- the SSCs are light, but they are not stupid light- you can still go much lighter (and much more expensive) and end up with a very fragile wheelset. The SSC's fit and finish is second to none- there are no visible welds, no need for rim tape, to burrs- nothing. They are a work of art compared to most wheelsets.

I'm not trying to flame DrPete, but I wonder if he'd find the Rolf's stiff after riding Ksyriums? The Rolf's low spoke count gives them quite a loose feel, if you ask me- just my opinion.
Rolf vs. Ksyrium?gerwerken
Jul 28, 2002 2:02 PM
I have a pair of Rolfs on my mountain bike. I have found them to be stiff and reliable even though I beat them relentlessly. However, I am a VERY light rider, and I know many heavier riders (200 lb range) who have found them to be too loose.
Rolf vs. Ksyrium?DrPete
Jul 28, 2002 4:02 PM
Well, I've never ridden the SSC. Based on what you've said, though, maybe I should! I do like my Vector Comps, though, and they've held up well for me. Maybe they're just stiffer than old-fashioned wheels--that's my main frame of reference...
Ksyrium SSC12x23
Jul 28, 2002 4:12 PM
I purchased a pr of Ksyrium SSC on closeout last December from Totalcycling and they have been perfect. They split time with several other wheelsets, and my experience is they are at least as reliable as my 32 spoke 3x wheels, and WAY better than my Classics Pros and Heliums.

I checked the miles last night after discovering the Michelin AP on the rear wheel was showing tire cord. I have 2,126.66 miles on this wheelset and they are as true as the day I took them out of the box.
People say the Ks are bulletproof because they are,djg
Jul 29, 2002 6:57 AM
more or less, bulletproof.

I cannot comment on the new SSC SL model, but I've got last year's SSCs and I think that they are great all around wheels. I'm no lightweight at 185, but they haven't budged out of true.

If you want lighter, and more expensive, you can look at the Zipp offerings. But I think the Ks are an excellent all around choice and, at least at the easily available discount prices, a decent value.