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Help me choose a wheelset......(13 posts)

Help me choose a wheelset......kelmeboyAZ
Nov 12, 2003 8:08 AM
I need a wheelset for my second bike, a Look KG381. I have a set of Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL's on bike number 1 and don't want to spend that much. I'm considering American Classic CR 350 ($329), Cane Creek Aerohead ($250), Mavic Cosmos ($299) and Shimano R540 ($299). Any experience or thoughts on these comparisons? I am a recreational rider of 5000-6000 miles/yr.
Open Pro black, with Ultegra hubs.....................nmMR_GRUMPY
Nov 12, 2003 8:23 AM
Were you eyeing my wheels Saturday? (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 12, 2003 8:31 AM
2nd that.KG 361
Nov 12, 2003 10:53 AM
Get them at Supergo for less than 2 bills. I got a pr for my commuter/winter bike. Love them.
I'm really liking the Cosmos.xrmattaz
Nov 12, 2003 9:29 AM
Came stock on me TCR.

I'm just a wee lad of 6'5" and 235, and although abusing them now for 3 weeks, they remain perfectly straight and true. Don't know why. Thought they would fold in a second.

Spokes 24/28??? I've always built up 36/14gauge.

Nice set of wheels, IMO.
More on Cosmos...KEN2
Nov 12, 2003 11:13 AM
I second the review on the Cosmos wheelset. Mine have been great for over a year now, I weigh 190 and never so much as true them.

And the clincher is, they're on sale at Colorado Cyclist for $199! Go here:,224,335&TextMode=0
Yeah.............Mike Tea
Nov 12, 2003 1:34 PM
......199 at ColCyc is a bargain.

I just got a new bike with Cosmos and I was thinking of ebaying the wheels and building up a lighter set speced just the way I want them.

But with new Cosmos selling for 199 I won't get much on ebay - not to justify adding another $300 or so of my own money for a set of wheels just slightly lighter.

I've ridden the Cosmos for a week now and I'm surprised the 24/28 spokes have stood up under my 185lbs. I wouldn't dare build a set of wheels with so few spokes!

I'm gonna run them till they won't run no mo'!
Cosmos - Other than looks, why get them over OP?Fez
Nov 12, 2003 2:54 PM
Looks are subjective and I think the Cosmos look pretty nice. But other than looks, why would you choose Cosmos over Open Pros?

It was a no-brainer when Cosmos were $300, but I am still questioning their value at $199.

Open Pros with Dura Ace hubs are $250. Ultegras run $200. Both of those are lighter and more serviceable.

Do the Cosmos have some good points that I am not aware of?
AC hubs, Interloc rims, handbuiltsitzpickel
Nov 12, 2003 12:33 PM
I had the AC 350s and the rear rim developed cracks around the spoke holes. Changed the rear to an Interloc Cadence. Both were from oddsandendos, excellent build. I used them for over a year as my only wheelset (at around 175 lbs 150-200 miles/week).

Some people had trouble with the hubs, I seem to have been lucky.

Btw. where do you get the AC wheelset at that price?
Nov 12, 2003 3:37 PM
Hard to beat the OPs in this price range. Would be afraid of the AC340s and Cosmos for larger riders, maybe okay for smaller riders.
Cosmos are OPs. (nm)TFerguson
Nov 12, 2003 4:24 PM
AC hubs, Interloc rims, handbuiltkelmeboyAZ
Nov 12, 2003 9:09 PM
$329 at a local bike shop in Scottsdale AZ, Rage Cycles on Scottsdale road.
AC hubs, Interloc rims, handbuiltsitzpickel
Nov 13, 2003 7:45 AM
That's a good deal, assuming their hubs are the current model (don't ask me how one can tell). If the rear rim is not up to the task, you can still rebuild the wheel with the Interloc.

My wheels are built 28 radial in front, 28 2 cross non-drive 3 cross drive side in the rear.

As I mentioned above, some people have had problems with the freewheel engagement on these hubs. It seems like they either fail after the first several miles or they are ok.

My 0.02