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Blah. My rim is trashed. Not happy.(5 posts)

Blah. My rim is trashed. Not happy.PseuZQ
Mar 9, 2003 6:24 PM
Hoped to go on a nice long ride today only to discover a longitudinal 1.5" crack in my rear Vector Comp. Needless to say that ride was cut short, and I'm not terribly happy about having to get a new wheelset. Ordinarily I'd welcome the excuse but I'm broke as a joke right now. *Not* riding is not an option, though.

Stopped by a shop after my ride and was recommended 32-spoke Mavic Open Pros. I've heard wonderful things about these wheels and they do fit my budget. The only thing that bugs me -- shallow, I know -- is they're not very "flash." Yeah, yeah, walking and cracked rims aren't very "flash" either. What do you peeps think? Should I just get over it knowing I made an intelligent choice? (This is like being the "smart one" versus "the pretty one" -- I won't bore you all with that neurosis now. ;-))Is there any chance I'll go slower, like on long descents or flats? I know one needs to go a certain speed before aero wheels make a big diff.

Any thoughts? My riding style: Long rides, usually alone, sometimes in BFE, with hills.

get the OPsweiwentg
Mar 9, 2003 6:39 PM
or CXP33s if you're a heavier rider. then, you can get something REALLY, REALLY flashy for racing when the budget allows, eg a pair of Zipps.
Ditto, the OP'sDave Hickey
Mar 10, 2003 11:17 AM
I have 32 hole OP's with Dura Ace hubs. Best wheelset I own.
re: Blah. My rim is trashed. Not happy.No_sprint
Mar 10, 2003 10:59 AM
OP, good recommendation. Campy Neutrons are really hard to beat.
Definitely go for form over substance! :)Kerry
Mar 10, 2003 4:41 PM
It's worked well up to now, right? You should stick with unreliable wheels that look good, cost more, and are hard to maintain because they use proprietary parts. Never use the stock stuff that works just as well and costs a lot less. What would be the point. (NOTE: extreme sarcasm alert!)