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Upgrading a wheelset(6 posts)

Upgrading a wheelsetlendog
Sep 29, 2003 7:30 AM
Thinking about another wheelset for my bike. I don't race or anything, but love riding. Just started road riding about 8 months ago. Have mavic open pro's w/ ultegra hubs and was thinking about picking up a pair of ksyriums SL's or just building a new rear wheel with a King hub - just for a treat. I know the King option is much less expensive!!

Any real advantages to the SL's for the $$, or would the open Pro with a king hub be the way to go??


Also what about the CXP 33 rims??
re: Upgrading a wheelsetlyleseven
Sep 29, 2003 7:48 AM
I have both Open Pros and the SL's. I have to tell you that it is hard to get a more comfortable and durable wheel than the Open Pros. They are heavier than the SLs, for sure, but for long rides they are hard to beat. The SLs are a bombproof wheel but ride a bit stiffer than the Open Pros. I am sure the King hub is great. Also consider the hubs from White Industries. I have a set on a pair made by Dave's Speadream Wheels and that set of wheels is light, fast and slightly more comfortable than the SLs. Good luck.
re: Upgrading a wheelsetjjdbike
Sep 29, 2003 8:49 AM
I am somewhat similar to you in that I have only been a roadie for 1 1/2 seasons but love it. Although I do not race for a team, I have been doing club TTs & would love to join a team (althogh I do not know if I can justify the $ & time considering my responsibilities & my wife). I digress. Wheels are the most important upgrade you can make. You have to identify & prioritise your needs & choose a pair that best meets them as well as your budget. I agree in many ways w/ the previous poster. I also have a set of Dave's Speeddream wheels & enjoy them very much. They may have a better function/weight/comfort/price ratio than the Ks.
I will be in the market for a set of deep dish, carbon rim race wheels at the end of next season, but I want to see what happens with the new modles & prices.
Good luck w/ your decision.
re: Upgrading a wheelsetMShaw
Sep 29, 2003 8:59 AM
What are the Ksyriums going to do that the OPs don't? There are a few (3-4) fewer spokes, but they're AL (prone to breakage from what I've seen), and not especially any more aero than what you're riding now.

Boutique wheels aren't going to make you a better rider!* You'll get oohs and aahs, but that's about it.

At 8 months of riding, your best expenditure at this point is probably more cycling clothing: better bib shorts/shorts, more jerseys, winter gear, a trainer, etc.

*The exception is a pair of aero wheels. Aero (40mm deep plus IIRC) wheels are about the only way to buy speed, and then its usually just a little easier to ride faster. I can usually ride one gear faster riding my Cosmics vs. my "OP" wheels. (they're actually Reflex rims, but they're the same profile...) Go check out for more detailed info on wheel aerodynamics. For inexpensive aero wheels, build a pair of Velocity Deep Vs with 24/24 lacing.

That help? I know it isn't what you really wanted to hear...

re: Upgrading a wheelsetChen2
Sep 29, 2003 9:06 AM
My primary wheel set is black Open Pro rims, black King hubs and DT 15-18-15, Revolution spokes 32 front and back laced 3X. Built these myself and like them a lot. But I probably could have bought Ksyriums for the same money. I like building my own wheels and the experience is very rewarding. The only thing I wish I had done differently is going 28 hole in the front.
I'm also considering getting a new wheelset...config
Sep 29, 2003 10:05 PM
...and read a lot of good reviews on the Velomax Ascent IIs. Has anyone tried them yet and how do they compare?