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Trouble deciding on wheels: Aeroheads vs. Dura Ace/Open Pro(5 posts)

Trouble deciding on wheels: Aeroheads vs. Dura Ace/Open Progrande
Mar 30, 2003 8:58 AM
This is my first road bike and i'm speciing out parts: Ultegra w/ DA shifters. But wheels: DA w/ Open Pros or the Cane Creeks. Price is about the same. Again I'm a newbie. So, I'm not looking to race or anything like that. Some seem like the accel. of the Aeroheads. But can i expect it to be at the expense of servicibility, durability, longevity? Also looking at Chris Kings on open Pros (or maybe another rim.) I love my kings on my mountain bike. Just as good for roadie?

thanks
re: Trouble deciding on wheels: Aeroheads vs. Dura Ace/Open ProFez
Mar 30, 2003 9:17 AM
Do a search on here or the components board. There are also Reviews you could check out.

I was wondering the same thing and Kerry wrote up something as to why he thinks Aeroheads are superior to Open Pros.

I don't think you could go wrong with either. Open Pros far outnumber Aeroheads out on the road.

Chris King hubs are nice, but I think they are at a different price point than DuraAce.
re: Trouble deciding on wheels: Aeroheads vs. Dura Ace/Open Prorussw19
Mar 30, 2003 10:08 AM
There's the pretty much same question a little further down this list. And a bunch of people responded to it. I am of the opinion that Cane Creek Aeroheads are the nicest wheels out there. I rode a pair for a year and never had to touch them once. I am a bigger guy too, about 200 lbs. and I put those wheels thru some pretty good sprints and they were the best wheels I ever rode. I sold them because I work in a bike shop and I thought it was time to try something new, but I am pretty sure I will buy another set this summer. Also I switched from Dura-Ace to Record 10 this winter and I didn't want to run conversion cassettes the whole time if I kept those wheels as the conversion cassettes are usually heavy.

I am not a big fan of the Open Pro rims just because mine click pretty bad at the seams. It's a pretty common problem, and my rims are a bit older, so Mavic may have fixed it, but I also think there are some better rims out right now than the Mavics. To me, it seems that Mavic is the most popular, and so people won't try anything new. Which I can fully understand.. if something works, why not use it instead of unproven technology, but that's why I personally work in a shop, so I can test the new stuff. I keep telling myself that I will get around to building a wheel with the IRD Cadence rim, which I here good things about, and I also want to build a Velocity Razor as well.

But if you can get the Cane Creeks for about the same as a Dura-Ace/Open Pro wheel, I would recommend you do it. They are great wheels and worth the money. They are light, stiff, and accelerate very well. And the nylock nipple they use keeps the spokes pretty well locked so you won't have to true them very often unless you crash pretty hard on them. On top of all that, if there is a problem, Cane Creek's customer service is amazing. You won't get any support on a Dura-Ace Open Pro wheel. It's three different companies and they didn't build it. So Shimano, Mavic, and whoever's spokes you use are not going to fix problems, Cane Creek will if you have them. The hubs are sweet, strong, and durable. They use sealed bearings that you can get at any bearing shop should they fail, and the rear wheel's freehub body for the Shimano versions is a Dura-Ace/XTR Ti freehub body. So you can replace it just like a D-A body.

Hope this helps you out,
Russ
Here's an option52-16SS
Mar 30, 2003 6:06 PM
The rim on the Cane Creek Aeroheads is produced by Velocity (http://www.velocityusa.com/), same as on most Velomax wheels (I have the Circuits - good wheels too) so you could just have your wheels build with the Velocity Aerohead rims and the hub/spokes of your choice.

SS
re: Trouble deciding on wheels: Aeroheads vs. Dura Ace/Open Progodot
Mar 31, 2003 10:04 AM
My bike came with the Aeroheads, so I rode them for three years. Broke a spoke on the real wheel late last year, and ordered some open pro's on ultegra hubs to ride while the Aeroheads were being fixed (shop didn't have spokes, and Cane Creek shut down to do an inventory).

I'm not so sure I'm going to put the Aeroheads back on the bike any time soon.

No noticable performance difference, the Open Pro's have a nicer ride (my perception), and if the Open Pro's break any shop can fix them without special ordering parts.

I like the Aeroheads, and other than the spoke breaking, they have been completely trouble free, never needed to be trued. I had approx 10k miles on them when the spoke broke.

They are both good wheels. If having a "boutique" wheels is important to you get the Aeroheads. Otherwise, I'd get the Open Pro's.