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Replacing Stolen LS Vortex: Same, Time VX Special Pro, etc?(6 posts)

Replacing Stolen LS Vortex: Same, Time VX Special Pro, etc?mdo
May 19, 2003 8:34 AM
Well I've resigned myself that my baby, a 2003 LS Vortex, is not coming back, so I need to replace ASAP & wanted some advice.
Options: Time VX Special Pro, 2003 Vortex (again), Look KX, or Calfee Tetra/Dragonfly/Luna. Insurance is paying 100% replacement cost, so $$ isn't an object (though the Serrota Ottrott is out of the budget)--figure $5k outfitted. Haven't decided between DA or Campy 10, but as a lifetime DA rider, probably going there (though carbon everything is appealing). Wheels either Ksryiums or Zipp clinchers w/Powertap (doubt the Ksyrium as I love PT).

I'm 6'4, 240lbs, and do 200+ per week. Weekend 100+ days are common. As a big guy, comfort & wanting to get on the bike are most important.

I loved my Vortex, but it was a bit rough on the long rides--even with carbon seatpost. However the fit was perfect--never got a sore back or anything.

Thougts?

Thanks!
re: Replacing Stolen LS Vortex: Same, Time VX Special Pro, etc?Bruno S
May 19, 2003 9:22 AM
What kind of insurance did you have? Does it cover crashes as well?
Interestingfiltersweep
May 19, 2003 10:51 AM
The Time definitely looks interesting. Why the Look KX vs. a KG381i (as compared to a Calfee)?

It seems scandalous to put a PT on a Zipp- as if Zipps in anything but tubular isn't criminal enough. Why not get a generic training wheel for the PT? Still, the Zipps seem a bit fussy for everyday wheels, and at 240, I hope you aren't a weight weenie ;)
Training wheelsmdo
May 19, 2003 11:23 AM
Yeah, its an issue I'm going back & forth on. I've always subscribed to the train heavy race light philosophy, but I've been getting dropped (my LS was fully decked out w/Mr Tuffys, Slime tubes & Armadillos + 36h wheels) & I'd rather enjoy the training more so was thinking Ksyriums, but want a PT. Bontrager makes one with their wheels, but I'm not a huge proponent of their/Rolf's wheels at my weight (though I have ridden them & like them--just don't want to break a spoke & be stranded). I race 909/404s & think they are awesome!
Training wheelsfiltersweep
May 19, 2003 11:38 AM
I'd still use an HRM with maybe the Ksyriums when you want a fast and more bullet-proof "training wheel" and run just a powertap with an OP rim for when you want that data to mean something...

...the other issue is that it seems almost taboo to bring carbon-rimmed wheels to a club training ride- like showing up in a full Postal kit...

finally, I don't think the wheels would really keep you from getting dropped, unless the weight were a huge issue. The aero effects are neglible for any spoked design, and you are drafting, right?
Insurance commentpitt83
May 19, 2003 11:41 AM
When I crashed mine, homeowners covered the loss. However, I couldn't just pick out a bike and send them the bill. Their adjuster took details and suggested replacement value based on what I lost. It was a fair settlement, just that I couldn't just pick out any Aluminum bike with 105 and send them the bill.

We just went through an insurance thread, but it was more ranting about filing claims at all rather than how these are settled.

YMMV.