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Question about wheelset Upgrade(8 posts)

Question about wheelset Upgradelendog
Aug 22, 2003 10:39 AM
I am new to roadbiking. I have been riding a road bike now for about 5 months and loving it (have been a mountain biker for 10 years). I try to ride about 4 times a week (up to about 100 - 150 miles per week) and have a Look KG461 with Mavic 32 hole Open Pro CD Rims/Ultegra Hubs/butted spokes.

I am thinking about upgrading the wheels and have $500 to spend. I am thinking about the Mavic Kserium Elite wheelset.

Question: Will I honestly notice any differences with a new wheelset in the $500 range (Ksyriums or any other suggestions) vs. what I have now? Is it worth the upgrade or am I fine with what I have now considering how long I have been riding etc...

Thanks for the feedback.
not worth itColnagoFE
Aug 22, 2003 10:50 AM
the open pros are nice rims already. unless that $500 is burning a hole in your pocket save your $.
re: Question about wheelset Upgradefiltersweep
Aug 22, 2003 11:04 AM
If you can buy the Ksyrium SL on the grey market for $500 it might be more worth it.
re: Question about wheelset UpgradeTNSquared
Aug 22, 2003 11:19 AM
I'd wait. I've been riding approximately the same amount of time as you. My road bike came stock set-up with some very snazzy boutique wheels - "semi-aero" rims (if there is such a thing), DTswiss hubs, bladed aero spokes, low spoke count (20 front 28 rear) and radial lacing front. The wheelset retails for around $500.

More recently, I picked up a set of handbuilt wheels from Excel for under $200.00 for winter riding. Mavic rims, Ultegra hubs, standard 32 hole 3x lacing.

After riding both on the same bike, can't discern any real difference in ride quality. The handbuilt wheels are actually lighter, and the more I gaze at them, the more I prefer the classic look to the boutique look.

If I were you, I'd stick with the wheels you've got for awhile if you've been happy with them. Then I'd send my $500 to the guy who gave you this advice to help pay for his new cyclocross bike. doh! :)
re: Question about wheelset Upgradegodot
Aug 22, 2003 11:25 AM
You probably wouldn't notice much of difference. The wheels you have now are great, there is no reason to get something new.

Maybe use the money and get a trainer so you can work through the winter.
wheelset Upgraderoadeeforlife
Aug 22, 2003 1:52 PM
I have a set of 2001 Mavic Kysriums SSC not the SL's wich are about 60grms lighter for sale. Great riding tires and good looking aero rims for 325.00 + shipping.
re: Question about wheelset Upgradeinsmanblue
Aug 22, 2003 2:30 PM
I think you will notice a difference in the first few miles. I have a set of Ksyriums and they are very stiff and are squirrelly in windy conditions. I don't enjoy the ride they offer. Since the Ksyriums I bought a set of Bontrager Race X Lites and they are a lot lighter and offer a more foregiving ride. The response of the Race X Lites are night and day compared to the Ksyriums. Upgrading your wheelset is the best dollar/performance investment you can have IMHO.
Aug 23, 2003 7:06 AM
The Elite's are not much lighter. They are slightly more aero but you need to be able to TT at over 25 MPH to benifit from those wheels.