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American Classic cr420 wheelset or Ksyrium SL ?(4 posts)

American Classic cr420 wheelset or Ksyrium SL ?ol
Apr 23, 2003 6:28 PM
Hello to all the riders.
I am wanting to buy a set of racing/training wheels,and I have narrowed it down to the above choice. Whar would be the best option for an allround multi purpose wheelset. I am 145 pounds.
Feedback welcome.
For Campagnolo or Shimano? nmJuanmoretime
Apr 24, 2003 12:59 AM
Warning: little empirical data in following opinion: althoughbill
Apr 24, 2003 6:35 AM
I have both, my experience with the 420's is limited. I would say, however, for your sort of main riding racing wheel, go with the Ksyriums.
I have to explain that the 420 rear hub crapped out on me on its maiden voyage. Am Classic is taking them back (one would hope), and others have had great experiences with the wheels, so I remain hopeful.
The Ksyriums, otoh, appear to be bombproof. They did require a truing tweaking after a couple of hundred miles, but, after that, they have been maintenance free. They even LOOK bombproof.
May depend somewhat on type of riding. You're light, so you don't need a really strong wheel. You still, however, will hit potholes.
Both are smooth wheels with great characteristics. Look at any race field and you will see a mess of Ksyriums. No arguing with success. Even so, the 420's look great. Although deeper-rimmed, I believe that the 420's are lighter. They are presumably more aerodynamic, but therefore more susceptible to crosswinds. Am Classic did not encourage me to go with bladed spokes, so I got standard spokes. Don't know whether that was a good idea.
On balance, I would consider the 420's a slightly more specialized wheelset. I would use them for long solo tempo rides, maybe, or if I planned to be off the front (HAH!). I would have no second thoughts about racing or riding the Ksyriums any day, under any conditions.
One huge difference...russw19
Apr 24, 2003 8:52 AM
When you order Ksyriums, you get Ksyriums. One wheel for everyone (not counting the freehub difference) but when you call American Classic and order through them, you get a custom built wheel to your ride size and style. I have a set of 420's with bladed spokes, 20 front, 24 rear. It's about the strongest and yet heaviest wheel they make.. it's still lighter than Ksyriums. And I have had no issues with mine in the first 700 miles.

At 145 pounds, you may not need a super strong wheel (depending on your style and the roads in your area) so you may be able to get a set of 420's with a 12 front 16 rear wheelset. Those would be super light. Hell they may end up as light as Campy's Hyperion wheels.

I can't make up your mind for you, nor should you let me, but I would tell you to at least give American Classic a call first and talk to them. They have a toll free number on their website. At least talk to them before you rule them out.

Russ