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Question # 1 -- wheels??!!(6 posts)

Question # 1 -- wheels??!!Jusme
Nov 15, 2002 12:48 PM
Mavic Cosmos or Dura ace laced to Open Pros?
Any body actuaally compared these two options in terms of weight/performance? Whichever I get will be my only wheels if that matters. 185 lbs.

Also, as someone who has always ridden what came on the bike at the time, is there honestly a tangible difference justifying the expenditure, or mainly marketing?

re: Question # 1 -- wheels??!!bob_vanderhaus
Nov 15, 2002 1:07 PM
I have a pair of ksyriums on my race bike, and a set of open pro/ultegra for my training wheels. I notice no difference between the two(and they are close to the same weight) and on many of occasions just race the open pros, cause I am too lazy to take the ksyriums out of my trunk after I warm up on the trainer.
Just my 2 bits.
DA/open pro, or even Ultegraweiwentg
Nov 15, 2002 2:29 PM
the innards are the same, but DA has a titanium freehub body (and maybe an axle, but I'm not so sure about that).
when recommending wheels, I would usually go for a 'standard' wheel, or a really high end built wheel. the mid and lower range built wheels offer little performance gain.
the bonus with 'standard' wheels is that they usually can be had for pretty reasonable prices on ebay. I know Supergo is selling Ultegra/OPs for $199, and you might be able to do better on ebay. last I checked, there was one DA/OP set which is standing at $200; no one's bid on it.
alternatively, Cane Creek might still be offering their trade in program. if so, you could get a set of Aeroheads for $350. they are better than Ultegra/OPs. however, I do not think they're $150 better.
DA/OP for less than 300$ at if I remember.PeterRider
Nov 15, 2002 3:54 PM
Damn, thought I had replied, maybe I forgot to press the OK button...

so, if you want to go Ultegra/OP, I have a set I can sell. The rear wheel is 1 year and 10 days old, about 1000 miles. The front has a 600 hub, older with more miles, so you may not want the front.

re: Question # 1 -- wheels??!!ekdave
Nov 15, 2002 1:25 PM
I go with some mavic cosmic elite's over the cosmos. The elite's give a more aero rim and spokes.

Lets face it, you can build the same type of wheel from misc. components but these wheels really do look very nice.

If you arent a serious racer-guy then good looks really does factor in. Otherwise we'd all drive Ford Taurus Wagons painted in primer gray (easy to touch up scratches) with no hubcaps (they fall off) and an antenna 10' tall (for good FM reception)

check out Ebay or the classifieds for good deals. Usually about 300 dollars new.
re: Question # 1 -- wheels??!!toronto-rider
Nov 15, 2002 1:56 PM
I have the Mavic cosmos, they are weak wheels, I have to true them every 5-10 rides. Go for the open pro with dura ace. Make sure you get a good wheel builder, Colorado Cyclist (per this board) build good wheels.