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Experience with Mavic T520s?(2 posts)

Experience with Mavic T520s?johnnybegood
Nov 28, 2002 7:46 AM
I am building a light touring bike. I won't be carrying alot of extra stuff other than my 235# fat A$$. Performance has a set of Mavic T520 rims laced to Shimano 105 hubs with 36-14g spokes on sale for $179. They are almost as heavy as I am (haha) but would appear to be a bullet-proof set of heavyweight wheels. Anyone have any experience in this area?
Pretty much indestructable.Kurt H
Nov 29, 2002 7:49 AM
I have a pair of the T519s, which are the predecessor of the T520s, on my commuter. They're laced to a Shimano dynohub front and a Cannondale Coda Expert (Competition?) rear, 36 spokes cross 3. I'm about 175 and carry a good 25 pounds of junk with me commuting (panniers, laptop, lunch, clothes, tubes/tools, etc) on a bike that weighs about 27-28 pounds unloaded (lugged steel, rack, dynohub, etc). I do not slow down for railroad tracks and large cracks in the road and regularly hit those at 20 mph. I came off a steel construction cover plate into the edge of a hole, which I couldn't see ahead of time, last year hard enough to slip my handlebars in the clamp and about send me flying. None of this manages to get these wheels out of true. They are heavy, and you won't accelerate like a rocket trying to spin them up, but I don't think they'll leave you walking if they're well built.
YMMV,
Kurt H