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Racing wheelset opinions needed(5 posts)

Racing wheelset opinions neededred1
Oct 22, 2003 4:27 AM
Which would you choose: Dura-Ace wheelset or Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL and why? I'm 155lbs and a spinner. Are either of these a good choice or is a tubular like the ZIPP 303 a better choice? I am looking for racing wheelset, something light and relatively aero. Thanks for your thoughts.
Discussed this two days ago...biknben
Oct 22, 2003 5:10 AM

When faced with lightweight, durable, and inexpensive...Pick only two!!! Trying to fit aero in the mix really gets messy.

If money was not a concern, I'd have a few sets of 404s.
zipp or bontragger aero or wait and go with bont. carbon nmandy02
Oct 22, 2003 5:35 AM
What you want............CARBON110
Oct 22, 2003 6:51 AM
What kind of racing do you do? Hilly, flat, both, TTs?? I know cat 2s from the mid west who NEVER race on hilly courses. Aero and lightweight are best. If money is a concern thats ok! Tubulars with the right tires ARE faster then clinchers BUT clincher tires are just as good. Heres why : Clincher wheelsets are easy to resell,easy to maintain and you can use them on fast club rides or days where you just want to feel fast as well as races. You want a wheelset thats fast accelerating and aero and light/stiff.
Zipp 303s you can buy new $900. Or perhaps Rolf Elans since they are stiff light, not really aero but the impact of the wheel is so low and spokes so thin and few they seem to just be aero in an unconventional way. Stay away from 404 clinchers, but 404 tubulars are GREAT! I have pairs of the following : Cane creek team deep carbon tubulars (zipp 404 rim)Rolf elans, zipp 303 clinchers, American classic 420 clinchers, Bontrager x-lites clinchers, and Dura Ace open pro clinchers.
I love the cane creeks for flat fast courses and crits,zipps anytime rolfs for hills and Dura Ace for training on or just crappy courses. Dont like AC and the bontrager I dont know yet.

What I will get this spring : Reynolds clinchers and zipp 202 tubulars. I have 2 bikes and I am obssessed with wheels. I dont like Kys since the spokes catch the wind alot and you can get better wheels for the money. But htey have a terrific resale value, braking surface,stiffness and are fairly light. You can get better wheels for the money though in my opinion....Good luck !
re: Racing wheelset opinions neededNo_sprint
Oct 22, 2003 10:50 AM
I'm running the AC carbons for races. They are 1100 grams for the pair. They use normal spokes and a non-boutique, non-proprietary type build so they're easily repairable. Without tires, I believe they're about 200 grams lighter than the Zipps and 400+ grams lighter than the SSC SLs and they're cheaper than both. I think the Bontrager carbons are listed at nearly twice the cost of the ACs and not as light.