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Most Bullit proof wheels are??(12 posts)

Most Bullit proof wheels are??niteschaos
Aug 23, 2002 11:00 PM
I ride Mavic CXP21s with 14g stainless steel spokes using Cont. 1000 tires with Specialized 90g Tubes. I don't get flats, but I broke 2 spokes on the same ride last night on the rear wheel. What is the most bullitproof wheel combo out there? I weigh 186 pounds and my bike is another 23.
Mavic Ksyriums are bombproofPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 24, 2002 6:42 AM
Mavic Ksyriums are bomb proof. I'm around your size and have put at least 10,000 km on my wheels. I was in Trinidad this spring where the roads are super bad for debri and potholes and they held up fine. Only downside is the price.

If you want to save money then I'm suprised your 14g spokes broke. From memory these are the thicker spokes aren't they? But irregardless maybe replace the broken spokes and get a kevlar spoke or 2. Then if you have the same bad luck look at relacing the wheels or getting a new wheel set.

Shimano 535's - 4k, 1pile up, never trued, still perfect nmjose_Tex_mex
Aug 24, 2002 10:29 AM
Depends who builds them...OffTheBack
Aug 24, 2002 11:28 AM
No offense meant, but if you weigh 186 lbs and are breaking 14 guage spokes, I'd suspect that the wheel wasn't built properly. I'm the same size, and for years I rode a set of Campy 32 spoke wheels with 14/15 butted spokes on the rear and 15/16 on the front. Never, ever a problem, only minor truing required. They were built by a 60 year old Zen master who did nothing else all day but build wheels.

I would think that most of the newer, hi performance wheelsets would be strong enough for your weight - Rolfs, Mavic Cosmos or Ksyrium, etc. Or, you could find a really good builder and have him rebuild the rims & hubs you have.

Peace & good riding.
Exactly (nm)Kerry
Aug 24, 2002 12:58 PM
Aug 24, 2002 1:19 PM
If I had to ride across the country, no tools, no backup, no shops, I'd use Ksyriums, even mine that have over 10,000 miles on them.

Doug, have you got any advice . . .DCW
Aug 25, 2002 11:28 AM
re hub maintenance? Mine are over 9,000 miles and I haven't done a thing to them except keep them clean.

Aug 25, 2002 7:25 PM
I do nothing, except check the play now and then. It might take a quarter turn once in a while. You can do this with the wheels on the bike.

Thanks . . .Look381i
Aug 26, 2002 10:46 AM
I'll do that. I assume that if they are properly adjusted I ride them until they start making bearing noises? Do you have any information or a good guess about average life expectancy for K's?

Yessire Bob!grzy
Aug 26, 2002 11:18 AM
The Special K's certainly have been a bomber product. Crashes, beat up mountain roads, dirt roads, hell and back - all with zero complaints. I'm no heavy weight, but I'm rough on my toys and these things have taken a beating for three seasons and are dead true. I've never had this sort of expereince with ANY other wheel and have a pile of dead traditional ones in the shop - there's no hurry to rebuild them. What's the point - the K's are fine. Even at $600 they're a bargain when you look at the cost of ownership and the long term.
Aug 26, 2002 11:34 AM
Would it be fair to say that if these wheels were nothing but overpriced marketing hype, you'd be among the first to rant about them?

Same experience here, three seasons and not a glitch, except for smashing one up on a 2x4 at 45 mph during a double century, but still finished the ride despite a big dent in the rim.

hand-built MA3's with 14g 36 spokes or similarDaveG
Aug 25, 2002 12:30 PM
I'm not down on high-end chi-chi wheels but its insane to think that high-zoot ultra-light wheels will end up being more durable than heavy, boring, touring wheels. To your original problem, this has to be a build problem. CXP21 with 14g spokes should make for a very durable (albeit heavy for weight-conscious crowd) wheel. I would recommend you take the wheel to a shop with a rep for good wheelbuilding.