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Ultimate wheels...please help?(18 posts)

Ultimate wheels...please help?853
Sep 10, 2002 12:10 PM
I already have Mavic Ksyriums and these have been the ultimate, I have had them for about a year and a half. I have used them for both training and racing w/ no problems.

I am ready to get another set of wheels.
What can I get that will be diffrent yet be as strong and stiff as the ksyriums? I am 235lbs.

I was thinking about King hubs,CXP33 rims and alum nipples.
How much will this weigh, is it comparable in weight to the K's?Is there another combination that will work, be light and easily rebuildable and as stiff?
just curious....whats wrong with the ksyriums?Steve_0
Sep 10, 2002 12:14 PM
just curious....whats wrong with the ksyriums?853
Sep 10, 2002 12:47 PM
Nothing - I just want an extra set of wheels.
Preferably something that is rebuildable. If I crash in a race I want to be able to fix it quickly. And for racing I would like something stiff,light and efficient.
I don't have a mega budget I'm willing to spend $650.00 max.
just curious....whats wrong with the ksyriums?No_sprint
Sep 10, 2002 12:54 PM

You can specify the spoke count and type.
Not recomended for riders over 180lbs (nm)alansutton
Sep 10, 2002 12:58 PM
where can I find this supposed non recommendation? nmNo_sprint
Sep 10, 2002 1:08 PM
200 lbs 2000 miles this summer I recommend em.thatsmybush
Sep 11, 2002 8:59 AM
excel sells a similar wheel for a pretty good price (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 10, 2002 1:45 PM builds some decent wheels cheapLone Gunman
Sep 10, 2002 3:31 PM
AC hubs, Velocity aerohead rims, you pick color, nip type, spoke count, lace pattern etc.
yepper, just ordered mine, 1330 grams, $384 shipped (nm)IAmtnbikr
Sep 10, 2002 4:42 PM
Wire wheelspmf1
Sep 11, 2002 4:02 AM
Why don't you just build a pair of wheels with standard 14 guage spokes, Open Pro rims and DA/Record hubs? If you want to spend more money, buy some fancier hubs. They'd be as light as your K's and you could repair them yourself. Everyone should have a set of nice wire wheels.

Personally, my dream wheel would be a set of Zipp 303, but you can't get those for $650.
IMHO...Dave's Speed Dream wheelcoonass
Sep 11, 2002 3:28 PM
is like riding on a carpet...100gms lighter than Ksyrium SLs even with the flat (2mm)STEEL (Sapim X-ray spokes)...he uses Ultra-light American Classic hubs, but replaces the AC bearings w/Sealed Swedish bearings and told me that he has riders ~220# that have no problem with the Aero set...~$555 delivered. (I have SLs on one bike and Daves on another)Check him out at:
re: Ultimate wheels...please help?No_sprint
Sep 10, 2002 12:24 PM
Ultimate wheels? Hyperons or Lews.
re: Ultimate wheels...please help?homegrown2004
Sep 10, 2002 12:55 PM
What about the American Classic 350 or 420 wheelset? Those are really light and they're a traditional build. The hubs are pretty maintence free plus they are pretty cheap.
the add in the box on the left shows Neutrons at $475. nmNo_sprint
Sep 10, 2002 1:54 PM
Another set of Ksyriums? n/mfracisco
Sep 10, 2002 2:02 PM
re: Ultimate wheels...please help?MXL02
Sep 10, 2002 2:18 PM
Call Joe Young at built me a pair of CXP33 rims/ Torelli hubs and they are bomb proof and very fast. I love mine...although I wish I had gotten the Hugi hubs...still it is a wonderful wheel set.
If you want to stay with traditional wheels . . .jefajones
Sep 10, 2002 4:15 PM
check out (I think the guys name is Dave Thomas). Every thing you are probably looking at is pretty much similar in the terms of weight/aero/ect/ect, paying a little extra for a "quality" build may be worth it in the long run.

I've only heard good things about oddsandends also.

If you have a local wheelbuilder you trust, you may try one of the mailorder places as their price is often unbeatable and then have your guy go over them.

Those would be the two places I'd contact if I were to want a quality traditional wheel.

As pointed out above, AC wheels may be an option. I know their is a weight limit on the 350 wheels, but have not seen such a limit for the deeper section 420 wheels. However, the 420 rim is only drilled up to 24 if I'm correct.