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Ambrosio rims with record hubs?(8 posts)

Ambrosio rims with record hubs?Thadimire
Jun 3, 2003 11:08 AM
Its is time for me to buy a new rear wheel. World cycling sells a wheel set consisting of Amrosio rims (with the counter weight) and record hubs for $375.

Does any body know about these rims?
I am circa 190-195 pounds and want a rim that will stand the test of time.

My other opions are a set of:
Mavic Cosmos
Campy Neutrons

Thanks for any help

P.S. I am replacing a wheel set made of Mavic opren pros with chorus hubs that is about 5 years old.
My set are great!Alexx
Jun 3, 2003 11:48 AM
And, even after 26 years, they are solid and true, although I don't ride them as much as I used to. FWIW, the Ambrosio rims are Montreal tubulars. Hardly the lightest thing anymore, but you can't beat durability like that.
Mine have held up for 18 years!Fredrico
Jun 3, 2003 1:12 PM
Ambrosio Elite Durex, 36 spokes, laced to Campy Super Record hubs. Bullet proof. Last time I trued them was about 5 years ago.
Yes, they're Ambrosio Excellence rimsboneman
Jun 3, 2003 1:37 PM
You can check out some limited info at their mfr. site.

The Excellence availability is not great in the States and their distribution in Europe is variable. That being said, they have always made excellent rims as other posters have noted. The Excellence, if properly built, would be an excellent choice for a good, all-around wheel and a improved wheel over the OP combo you were using.

Their workmanship on the machined braking surfaces is finer than on the Mavic rims of today and their anodized finished is IMHO better and more durable.

I current have two clincher wheel sets using Ambrosio rims. One with Excellights (a lighter version of the Excellence) and another on my fixie with Balance rims.

Since getting the Excellight set about 5,000 miles ago, I've not used my SSC Ksyrium's at all.
Yes, they're Ambrosio Excellence rimsThadimire
Jun 3, 2003 2:36 PM
Would you use these as a race wheel set as well?

In your opinion is it worth it upgrade from chorus to record using these rims? or would you use another type of hub? if so what would you use?

last question;
would you do the following
3x drive side
2x or 1x nondrive side(this would be to try to even out some of the spoke tension)
2x front

My weight is circa 195 and falling

Thanks for your help
Yes, they're Ambrosio Excellence rimsPicshooter
Jun 3, 2003 3:38 PM
I would ask your wheelbuilder what they suggest as far as spokes, tension etc.
I have a pair of Excellence built by Peter @ Vecchio's in Boulder. That have been bulletproof. I haven't touched them in 3,000 miles.
I wouldn't hesitate one second to have Peter build me another set. I think he ordered mine from Trialtir, the Colnago distributer, but I don't see Ambrosio on their web site anymore.

With that out of the way I just had a set of Velocity Aeroheads, using the off center (OC) rear, built by Joe Young Wheels. They too are very nice. Joe suggested them for durability on Campy 10 speed for the dish needed.
Check out his web site:

Bottom line pick and trust your builder. It doesn't cost that much, if any more to treat yourself to a wheelset built by a specialist at the top of the field.
Mavic Cosmos are not Campag compatible...Iwannapodiumgirl
Jun 3, 2003 3:18 PM
If running a non-Campag cassette is an issue (it is for me, as they are an absolute b*tch to get in Australia), you may wish to consider this?

I have a similar dilemma - am tossing up between Campag Scirocco or 28 hole Record/Open Pro - based on price point only.
re: Ambrosio rims with record hubs?carbonxs
Jun 3, 2003 5:20 PM
I bought a set of these in Italy last year. The "Colnago by Ambrosio", which is what I think WCP is selling, with Record hubs. Excellent wheels. I bought them on advice of the shop - I was having wheel trouble with a substandard wheel built stateside - and these new ones have been completely trouble free. Got very slightly out of true once (crappy New England roads) but besides that, they've been perfect.

They're also beautiful looking rims and I've never seen them on another bike, if that means anything.

Obviously a lot depends on the quality of the person building your wheel. I've no idea what kind of wheels WCP puts out. has a great reputation as a wheelbuilder - but I don't think carries ambrosio rims.