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Cannondale Bike upgrade wheelset(9 posts)

Cannondale Bike upgrade wheelsetthomoman
Dec 5, 2002 2:24 PM
Own a 2.8 series R800 Cannondale. Had no problems with frame. If I sell it I would get vey little for it. Thinking about upgrading wheelset to the Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL. Would this be the best way apart from extra training to make the bike faster or is this going over the top.. Bike currently has Mavic Open 4's that came with the bike. Bike is original apart from tyres and tubes.
re: Cannondale Bike upgrade wheelsetbob_vanderhaus
Dec 5, 2002 2:37 PM
I got some ksyriums on pro deal last year and I can honestly say, that they are no better than my Mavic Open Pro/ Ultegra wheels on my training bike. They are no more aerodynamic, they ain't any lighter either, but they are a lot more expensive.
re: Cannondale Bike upgrade wheelsetthomoman
Dec 6, 2002 2:35 AM
Thanks for the information
won't make you faster...C-40
Dec 5, 2002 2:40 PM
Although I own Ksyriums and find them to be great wheels, they will not make any significant improvement in the performance of your bike. These wheels are pretty stiff and will not improve the ride either. I'd also never pay $800 for them. Euro sources have them for around $560.

If you have an aluminum fork, I'd spend money on a carbon fiber fork. The 2.8 series frame is a pretty rough ride compared to new models. A new fork would improve the ride.
won't make you faster...thomoman
Dec 6, 2002 2:34 AM
Thanks for the advice. I was lucky enough to get a carbon fibre fork with the R800. Pretty outdated compared to today's forks but obviously a better ride than aluminium.
I have found prices vary in Australia and my home state of New South Wales Prices are between $1200 Aus ($670 US) to $1800 Aus ($1000 US!). I have been thinking of buying a new R1000 Cannondale they come with standard Ksyriums but would have to pay about $4000 AUS ($2230 US)+ pedals of course.
Off Topic (a little)B2
Dec 5, 2002 5:20 PM
I recently went to the Ksyrium SSC SL's from Mavic OP's with Revo spokes. Whatever difference there is in performance is too minor for me to notice as well. What I did notice was that in cross winds I get knocked around a LOT more than I did with the OP's. After 2,000 miles I hardly even notice it any more, but for the first month or so I would get caught off guard and find myself (suddenly) two feet further left or right. Has anyone else had similar experiences with the transition?


PS - I can't imagine what a real aero wheels would be like on a windy day.
Uhhh I'd hate to see you with real aero wheelsPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 6, 2002 8:54 AM
The Kysriums are aero but not enough that you should be getting blown around. I notice no difference but I'm 5'9 and 185 lbs and even a 4 spoke + disc in heavy wind don't phase me so maybe I'm the weird one.

re: Cannondale Bike upgrade wheelsetcyclopathic
Dec 6, 2002 6:23 AM
Cosmic Elites would be cheaper and overall faster then Ksyriums IMHO. They're heavier but more aero, sdeals had them under 300 USD. Packagewise it would not be over the top. Also getting faster tires may help good luck.
re:How do Open 4's differ from Open Pros?dzrider
Dec 6, 2002 7:18 AM
I have a set and I've often wondered.