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Advice on a training/racing wheelset(5 posts)

Advice on a training/racing wheelsetmlbd
Aug 21, 2003 4:09 AM
I have 2002 Litespeed Sirius which came with Spinergy Xaeros. The wheels are super light and seem to be stiff enough through 6 races this season but I'm concerned about durability. I rode them in the rain several times (almost unavoidable in the northeast this year) and that pretty much killed the bearings. So I've been thinking about new wheels.

I could get a set of training wheels like Ultegra/Open Pros and save the Xaeros for racing only. I don't race that much though so this seems excessive. Or I could sell the Xaeros and get a wheelset that gives a better balance of weight and durability (like Ksyrium Elites?). Any recommendations?
Spoiler: Why not just get new bearings...biknben
Aug 21, 2003 4:42 AM
If bearing are shot why not just replace them. Get a cheaper wheelset to train on. Ultegra/Open pro won't set you back too much (relatively). The Spinergy wheelset doesn't have to be an absolute race only wheelset. Why not use it for races and more significant training rides? Mix it up and get more use out of them. Let a cheap wheelset be the beater set for those rainy days and other non-significant rides.

There is nothing special about the Ksyrium Elites.
Well, I did, but...mlbd
Aug 21, 2003 5:18 AM
I did replace the bearings. The fact that they needed replacing so quickly with just a few rides in the rain has made me concerned about durability. To some degree I just want a pair of wheels that I don't have to worry about. But I also want something at least relatively light. That's why I'm undecided between getting a heavy but durable set of training wheels (open pros) to supplement the Spinergys or replacing the Spinergys altogether with something more durable but still light (and therefore expensive).
Well, I did, but...biknben
Aug 21, 2003 5:38 AM
Very few of the Boutique wheelsets will offer the durability you're asking for. The Ksyriums SSC (the good ones) will probably be your best bet. They are not flyweights but they offer the best mix of cost, weight, and durability. Many people train and race on these wheels without any issues. Good deals on these wheels can be found on eBay and on-line form overseas.

Always remember the cliche, "Weight, low cost, and Durability...Pick only two!" This often holds true for wheels.
I love my Ksyrium ElitesGFocker
Aug 21, 2003 7:38 AM
I found them on E-bay brand new for a nice price. I've got about 2,000 miles on them and have not had to touch them (I weigh 175 and ride some rough roads). They aren't the lightest, but they aren't the heaviest either and they look great. I'd say that's special.