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So nobody uses the DuraAce wheelset?(7 posts)

So nobody uses the DuraAce wheelset?Fez
Aug 28, 2002 1:18 AM
I posted earlier (halfway down the page) about Mavic Ksyriums vs. DuraAce wheels and got plenty of responses about the Ks. But nobody had anything to say about the DuraAce. They must either suck, or we roadbikers are too smart to buy another Shimano product since we already spent so much on the component group.

Anyone, anyone? Bueller?
re: So nobody uses the DuraAce wheelset?firstrax
Aug 28, 2002 4:38 AM
I got the ultegra wheels. I am happy with them. 8 months no problem.
re: So nobody uses the DuraAce wheelset?peloton
Aug 28, 2002 6:12 AM
You don't get too many responses because they are only a couple years old, and retail for $750. Not many people dropping that kind of coin on wheels. You can find the K's for less, and they are a comparable wheelset. Expense aside, the DA wheelset is great. It's light, and appears to have reasonable aero qualities. The bearings in the hubs are super smooth, just like regular DA hubs. At 190lbs I also haven't had to true them yet, and I find them to be reasonable stiff. Good all round wheelset. I would reccomend them. You also don't have to be the 30th rider on your block to have them, unlike the K's.
I've got a pair...15K miles and haven't had to touch them yet2melow
Aug 28, 2002 8:29 AM
Funny, I was just talking about these wheels on another forum...

I've raced the boulder roubaix, got lost in Wyoming on graded dirt roads, and ride this bike to work 3x a week bunny-hopping curbs and riding fairly smooth singletrack shortcuts (you know what I mean when you are late for work.) Still, NEVER touched them (I an 6'2" 160 pounds if you were gonna ask and am pretty light on my bike.)

I have friends that have all different types of Mavic and Campy wheels that say the shimano wheels are crap. I ask them how many times have you replaced a Ksyrium rim and spokes or had to send your rear Ksyruim wheel back because the free wheel body was so tight that the crank arms go around when they push their bike or if it is in the work stand. Or how many helium spokes have pulled from the eyelets? Or tell me about that time you were JRA and hit a gap in the road with your front Campy Eurus wheel and it knocked so out of true that you had to readjust your front brake just to make it home.

VERY satisfied with mine!
...I do and love 'emMootsie
Aug 28, 2002 9:11 AM
Bought mine new, in the bags, from eBay for $510 about 5 months ago. Rode them all summer. Best wheels I have ever had. Look good, comfortable, fast, sound good, durable. What more can you ask for. Shop around and check out eBay because full retail price is sick. And besides who wants to be another K geek out there?!
re: So nobody uses the DuraAce wheelset?the other Tim
Aug 28, 2002 3:42 PM
I got the older 7700 clinchers this spring. I paid about $500; the prices dropped just before the new 7701s came out. I had heard of problems with the welds catching on brake pads, so I got them at a shop where I could inspect them first. They are very cool looking, comfortable and have not required a spoke wrench in 3000 miles. If you get them, be sure to read the warning label on the rim ... it doesn't tell you to wear a helmet.
re: So nobody uses the DuraAce wheelset?noupi
Aug 28, 2002 4:49 PM
I have the ultegra set (same except the lighter innards)
2000 miles and true as day one and the roads around here
are crap.