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Which wheelset for racing/training??? Must be aero.(6 posts)

Which wheelset for racing/training??? Must be aero.R600DuraAce
Aug 30, 2003 7:41 AM
I have narrowed down the following:

Velomax Tempest which can be had for under $400. Velomax Circuit Comp, slightly less. Anyone using them let me know what you think, especially if you race with them.

My least favorites:

Ksyrium Elit (all hypes)
Shimano Dura Ace 7701 (needlessly expensive)
Spinergy (hub failures)
American Classic (hub failures and not durable).

My budget is about $500 give or take.
re: Which wheelset for racing/training??? Must be aero.CARBON110
Aug 30, 2003 8:21 AM
For $500 you can get some:

-Cane Creek Vigor or last years Team wheels slightly used in classifieds.
-Nimble.nt has some good wheels for $500 caled the spiders.
-Open Pros with Chris King hubs are light and durable. But the bearings are not sealed like Dura Ace hubs which are a bit more heavy. The King open pro s are $450 and DA open pros are 300.
-An old pair of ZIpp 530 clinchers on Ebay are about $5beans but your rolling the dice sometims depending on seller. How much do you weigh???? In the winter you can get Mavic Carbone wheels for $500...but they are HEAVY.
-Daves Speed dream wheels are $500 bucks and are very nice.
Shimanos 2004 wheels are suppose to be great but they wont be out till Jan 2004
Ksyriums all the waySprint-Nick
Aug 30, 2003 10:08 AM
From my experience Ksyriums are the most bomb proof wheels ever. I have the Ksyriums from about 2 years back when they first came out and there wasn't different types but I suspect they all have the same durability.

Case in point. At 190 lbs I've gone over 10,000 km and have only trued the wheels I think twice. Then had one broken spoke when I somehow picked up a stick and had the spokes pull it around and whack the rear seatstay... even then it wasn't until I tried to bend it back (smart) about 300 km later that it actually broke. Most wheels would have broken spokes on the spot and most likely a lot more than 1.

Cheers,
Nick
Uhh, what part of "must be aero" did you miss?Kerry Irons
Aug 31, 2003 5:43 PM
Ksyriums cannot, in any way, be considered an aero rim. For the weight, durability, and overall performance, these and other boutique wheels must be purchased at SUBSTANTIAL discounts to warrant investment for any other reason that "looks" or "must-have" factor. Their performance is equivalent to a Record/DA hub with Velocity Aerohead/OP rims. Full stop.

Aero requires both low spoke count and deep section rims. With the exception of the CF rim/tubular wheels (mucho $$), something like a low count Velocity DeepV with a 28 spoke hub is your best bet.
re: Which wheelset for racing/training??? Must be aero.MShaw
Aug 30, 2003 2:37 PM
I'm going to throw my vote in for the Ritchey Pro (or WCS if you weigh less than I do!)

Relatively light, relatively aero, relatively inexpensive: right now Supergo across the street has a take-off pair for $99!

Good for crits where *gasp!* crashes happen...

Mike
Ksyriums, Ksyriums,KsyriumsKG 361
Aug 31, 2003 1:34 PM
I have the original version which I purchased over 3 yrs ago. After going out of true 2 times due to improper spoke tension, I haven't trued them since. I weigh 185 lbs and live in PA, land of poor road surfaces and pot holes. They may not be the lightest or the most aero, but they are absolutely, positively, bombproof. I dare anyone to find a better wheelset out there.