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Jun 3, 2003 5:20 PM
I am a 190lb CRIT racer Cat 3 and will be a Cat 2 shortly......I am looking to purchase either the Hed ALPS or Mavic Cosmic Carbones. I already own the following wheels: Open pro with DA hubs, Ksyriums, Cosmos, Zipp 303's. Suggestions and reasons for or against. THANKS!
my vote: alpsweiwentg
Jun 3, 2003 6:12 PM
you have quite an arsenal already. assuming you're looking for a deep section wheelset, I'd probably get Alps or Zipp 404s.
Jun 3, 2003 6:25 PM
Definitley dont get the cosmic carbones, is what i hear. They are supposedly an aluminum rim covered in a thin layer of carbon. Being said that: I have to agree with weiwentg and go for the alps or the 404's. Im wondering why you didnt have that as a choice, did you not like the 303's? But I beleive the 404's are lighter than the alps. I'd get the 404's, but if thats out of the picture... definitley for the hed alps.
What are you trying to achieve?TJeanloz
Jun 4, 2003 7:56 AM
I say save the money and buy none of them. I'm assuming you're looking for a more aero road race wheelset (given the choices), but it seems to me that with your current stable of 303's and Ksyriums, you should be pretty well covered in that area. In a road race environment, the aero differential between the 303's and either the Alps or the Carbones will be practically nil. If you want a wheelset for time trialing, you're way better off getting a disc/really aero front combo (like the Zipp 909).

If I were you, the only thing I'd add is a disc - and run it with the 303 front in TTs. But if you must die with the most toys, I'd take the Alps a long time before the Carbones, which are too heavy, too flexy, and too expensive.
Agree with above but if your set on a new wheelset.......CARBON110
Jun 4, 2003 1:43 PM
I am obsessed with wheels, so if your set on a new aero wheelset get Cane creek wheels. Better wheels then all above wheels mentioned. If you can find them, get the 2000 or 2001 model when they were one piece wheels. They are far more durable then the new ones and just as light. They will also be replaced if you break one but you would have to hit a car or something stupid to reckem. The new ones break easy compared to the old ones but are non the less nice