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Bought new Ksyriums - 1st ride checklist...(6 posts)

Bought new Ksyriums - 1st ride checklist...Fez
Sep 10, 2002 6:44 AM
Bought a set of new Ksyrium SSC (last year's model, not the SL) and wanted to make sure everything was in order before my first ride.

1) Do these wheels even use rim tape? I heard you don't need any, but the box included some stiff plastic yellow Mavic strips. If rim tape is necessary, should I go with the Mavic stuff or use trusty Velox?

2) Shimano Ultegra 9 speed cassette. Do I use the pretty spoke protector? The instructions and my head say yes, but my heart says no.

3) I didn't get valve extenders in the box, but do I just need to use longer valve tubes?

4) Some said they need to make small adjustments to the hub bearings? What is there to adjust and how?
re: Bought new Ksyriums - 1st ride checklist...DougSloan
Sep 10, 2002 7:19 AM
1) Do these wheels even use rim tape? I heard you don't need any, but the box included some stiff plastic yellow Mavic strips. If rim tape is necessary, should I go with the Mavic stuff or use trusty Velox?

Nope, none at all.

2) Shimano Ultegra 9 speed cassette. Do I use the pretty spoke protector? The instructions and my head say yes, but my heart says no.

No spoke protector, IF your rear derailleur is adjusted correctly. Shift to the large cog while in the front small ring and see how close it gets at slow speed first.

3) I didn't get valve extenders in the box, but do I just need to use longer valve tubes?

I have always used normal valve tubes. When flat, push the stem up a little with your thumb on the tire until it has enough pressure to hold the valve up.

4) Some said they need to make small adjustments to the hub bearings? What is there to adjust and how?

You might need to do this once a year or so. With the wheel installed, yank it sideways at the rim, checking for play. If there is any, slightly tighten the hub with the special tool while still on the bike.

Doug
Mostly agree...FlyByWire
Sep 10, 2002 7:40 AM
I recommend keeping the spoke protector. My rear derailleur IS adjusted correctly. However, I recently crashed during a crit, causing the chain to jump off the cassette and into the wheel. Had my spoke protector not been installed, several spokes could have been broken. Besides, the spoke protector is not as large and obtrusive as others - in fact, you can barely tell it's there.
re: Bought new Ksyriums - 1st ride checklist...CAAD5 Kid
Sep 10, 2002 8:07 AM
Hey, word of advice for Krsyium owners, the mavic rep told me "no spoke protector on your wheel than the warranty is void"!
Do you think adding the disc after you break all the spokesFez
Sep 10, 2002 8:14 AM
will fool the boys at Mavic?

:)

Actually, although I did a search about the black disc and everything, why is it that Campy cassettes don't need it?
my experienceroadiebrodie
Sep 10, 2002 12:50 PM
I never knew there was a spoke protector for Kysriums. You shouldn't need it, I had my der go into the spokes and the der was destroyed, only a single scratch on the wheel and not out of true. Why have light wheels and add weight or something to catch the crosswinds?