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Grzy - shock horror... I bought Ksyrium Elites!(7 posts)

Grzy - shock horror... I bought Ksyrium Elites!Iwannapodiumgirl
Aug 1, 2002 12:02 AM
Had a second look at the Ksyrium Elites and decided they were "better" than the Protons. What do I mean by this, well...

The are essentially the same wheel as the Ksyrium SLs yet with steel spokes. The Protons however are very different from the Neutrons and Hyperons.

Therefore I think they are the "better" product out of the two.

Hope this has not changed your opinion of me... I only want the "best" for me and my Bianchi XL EV2 (sorry it is not a Colnago C-40 everyone)
HeyI Love Shimano
Aug 1, 2002 12:14 AM
How does your EV2 hold up? Like you, I want to buy a Bianchi SL (you already have the EV2 though), OR a set of Ksyrium Elites which go for around $370 a pair over here.

So... I can either spend 18,000 for wheels to replace my Open Pros laced to 105 hubs, OR I can wait a bit, save more, and get the Bianchi SL Lite frameset for the price of around 2 Ksyrium Elite's. What will be more beneficial,l new wheels or a new frame? What do you think I should do?

Post a pic of your bike, I think Bianchis are simply the sweeeetest frames. Sweeter than a Vortex or C-40 =)
Bianchi's are sweetIwannapodiumgirl
Aug 1, 2002 1:18 AM
I posted a response re: XL EV2 v SL to your post, but as I could talk all day and night about Bianchi's I do not mind repeating myself!

I was umming and ahhing about SL v EV 2. I was "sold" on the SL until I discovered a guy selling an EV2 with Dura Ace and Mavic Cosmos for A$3,000 - a bargain in anyone's currency!

So far the EV2 is holding up great. The problems of cracking tubes was an issue mainly with the 2000 model I believe, yet that is not to say it can not and will not happen with the 2001 model.

As for what to do - the eternal dilemma. If $$$ are scarce, upgrading wheels is preferable to new frame. After all, there is no point building up a good frame like an SL with "dodgy" parts. (not suggesting your open pro/105 and parts are poor qaulity or greatly worn, just a bold general statement)

I will post a pic once the Bianchi is complete - I am swapping the groupset for Record and wheels to Ksyrium Elites.

Any other questions, just e-mail me.

As for being better than a Vortex - easy. As for a C-40, I think I saw 74 of them on my way into work, and no, Team Mapei is not training in Sydney Australia at the minute!
Do you ride with Randwick Botany?I Love Shimano
Aug 1, 2002 1:47 AM
I also use my bike on the trainer a lot. If I upgrade my frame, I will have to take my current bike apart. What do you think of AL frames holding up to the stresses on a trainer?

What is the difference between the EV2 and the EV4?
Got Elites on my EV2 toosidley
Aug 1, 2002 8:46 AM
As I stated in my thread yesterday, I broke my 2000 EV2 in half. I am 180lbs and increasingly falling from poser to mere recreational rider; that is my bike doesn't get a lot of hard use. Anway, Bianchi sent me a new 2001 frame and I have been loving it.

Treated myself to a new pair of K Elites this year and I have to report that I am not thrilled about them. I have had them trued 3 times in about 6 weeks. I assure you I am not lying about my weight. The Elites are heavier than my old Mavic CXP21 w/ Ultegra hubs and not great for climbing. The Elites are stiff, comfortable and great once you get up to speed but if you are looking for an all around wheel, I wouldn't reccommend the Elites.
Got Elites on my EV2 tooIwannapodiumgirl
Aug 1, 2002 2:58 PM
I have heard the Elites take a while to get up to speed. If you had your time again, what would you get as an "all around" wheel?
Shocking!!grzy
Aug 1, 2002 5:00 PM
Hey, they're all good choices and at this point you're splitting hairs.

Personally I've been running Ksyriums for three years now and really couldn't be happier. I've even taken a decent digger and had to true up the rear wheel. To say I'm a little rough on my toys is an understatement, but being 155 lbs. does have it's advantages. The K's have held up very well over all sorts of busted up cruddy mountain logging roads. I try to avoid things, but there's only so much one can do. I do have a buddy that has had some problems with his but he's 200 lbs. and he really wacks into things when he rides. Hopefuly you'll have many trouble free miles.