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should I buy a second set of wheels?(9 posts)

should I buy a second set of wheels?raynim
Nov 15, 2003 3:00 PM
so i got this great deal on a cannondale. it came stock with these beautiful ksyrium sls. these wheels are way too nice for my dumbass, but hey i'm not complaining. my concern is comprimising the integrity of those wheels training via an accident etc. would anyone suggest buying a set of wheels for training, saving the nice ones for race day? if so what kind would you reccomend. money is definately an object, as i don't have a tremendous amout to spare. though i will sacrifice for the sake of my ride.

My 3 cents(because its worth a penny more then his 2 cents)the bull
Nov 15, 2003 4:14 PM
I have 2 road bikes.One for racing and on for winter/rain riding.Training wheels are good too if money is not to much of an object. If money is an object I would just keep the ssc-sl's on there.They are fine to train on.I have seen more wheels get ruined in races then anything. If you had saved those wheels only to race on the mess up some perfect wheels in a race you would be hating it. If you wearout the wheels form just racking up the miles then you will feel that you have gotten your money out of them. Mavic has a "good" crash replacement program as well if you ever did wreck them.So if the money is tight, ride them!
I crashed with a set of Ksyriums. Wrecked the frame. Wheelsbill
Nov 16, 2003 4:48 AM
survived just fine.
Depends on how you hit of course, but I thought that was worth mentioning.
No problem riding the heck out of Ksyriums -- lots of people do.
re: should I buy a second set of wheels?Bruno S
Nov 15, 2003 4:30 PM
Use the wheels. It would be a waste to have them in a closet. Those wheels are very strong and besides crashes they will not be damaged by using them on training rides. If you do crash the rims are about 90 and the spokes about 15 so it's not like you have to pay $800 for new ones.
re: should I buy a second set of wheels?yeah right
Nov 15, 2003 5:06 PM
a big part of the equation is how much you weight, what kind of tires you like to train on vs. race on, what the roads are like around your house etc.

if you're not light/ride hard/bad pavement, i'd get a set of open pros laced to ultegra hubs. for $200 it's a fair amount of peace of mind, and also it's nice to be able to run different tires and cassettes, also in bad weather without switching back in forth.
re: should I buy a second set of wheels?lyleseven
Nov 15, 2003 6:24 PM
I second the Open Pros. I have the SLs and I alternate them with a set of Open Pros for longer rides, training, rain, etc. They are reasonably priced, durable as hell, and roll darn good as well.
Nov 16, 2003 7:32 AM
I don't think its mandatory but a second set offers some advantages. You can use them for bad weather riding, set up a different cassette for hills, use more durable tires, etc. My main reason for a second set is in case of damage. If your chi-chi wheels break a spoke or go untrue, how long do want to be sidelined while you are waiting for repair? Maybe its just me, but bad things seem to happen to my wheels (I weigh 175-180). Perhaps you could consider buying a used set of yeoman wheels to fit the bill.
re: Depends on how much you weighhudsonite
Nov 16, 2003 12:24 PM
I agree with some earlier posters, it depends on how much you weigh.

Under 180#, these wheels will last a very, very long time without any issues. Over 180#, they are prone to stress cracks near the spokes. These cracks develop after many, miles, but they do develop. The local Mavic Distributor does not recommend people over 180# buy these wheels.

If you are heaver, go with a training wheel and use the Mavic's for group rides and racing.

Training wheels are a good idea if you want a pair of wheels with a different tire for the cold or rough roads. It easier to swap the wheels than to change the tires.
Mavic K strong like bull.djg
Nov 17, 2003 11:03 AM
Use any cheesey accent you like.

Buy what you like, but in my experience these are very dependable, even as everyday wheels.