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Wheelset Recommendations, please(7 posts)

Wheelset Recommendations, pleasetrip221
Dec 24, 2003 9:20 AM
I am currently looking at getting a set of the Ksyrium Elites. Are there any other wheelsets in that price range that I should consider? I'm about 140 lbs and they need to be durable as they will get quite a bit of use, including occasional races.
That price range....funknuggets
Dec 24, 2003 10:04 AM
you are going to find a lot of options.

The ksyriums are pretty bulletproof and decent wheels, you get a lot of people around here that swear by them. I love my SLs. But, at 140, you arent going to be "that" hard on wheels and it may behoove you to have a race set, and a training set. You could get an insanely durable ultegra laced to open pros and then another set of lighter race wheels that you get on sale somewhere. You could have both for the about the same price as you would pay for the elites. Maybe something like the Campy Protons.... they weigh 110g less than the Elites.

So, get an ultegra/open pro for training (~$200), and the set of Campy Protons(~$350) for about the same price as you would pay for the Elites (~$550). That would be my advice, especially if you are only going to race "once in a while".

Its always nice to have an extra set of wheels, and the ultegra to open pros, if built right arent excessively heavy and are durable as hell.
That price range....trip221
Dec 26, 2003 4:44 PM
The ultegra/open pros are probably lighter than what I'm currently on anyways. I'm on 105/cxp 22's right now (it's what came on the bike) and I don't know if they're actually that bad or not. I'm a mtn biker crossing over. Will I see a noticeable difference buying new wheels, or should I just wait until I've trashed these to get new ones? I've got about 1500 miles on my current wheels with no problems yet. I guess the future question is then if I should get pre-built wheels, have someone build them for me, or just build them myself.
Thanks for any suggestions.
re: Wheelset Recommendations, pleaseDERICK
Dec 24, 2003 11:20 AM
I have a set of Elites that came with a bike I just purchased and I don't need them. They have never touched the road. If you're interrested just respond here and we'll work something out.
re: Wheelset Recommendations, pleasetrip221
Dec 24, 2003 11:45 AM
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re: Wheelset Recommendations, pleaseflakbait
Dec 26, 2003 10:37 PM
I've seen Chris King/Open Pro's for under $500. For my money those are the best hubs money can by and Open Pro's hold up well under my 210 lbs. Since you're lighter, you can build with less spokes or lighter rims and have some really nice durable wheels. Another bonus is standard replacement spokes and nipples.

My 2 cents.

re: Wheelset Recommendations, pleasetrip221
Dec 27, 2003 9:27 AM
I do like the low spoke wheels look (I've got rolfs on my mtn bike). Are there any rims/hubs I can get to build myself that are drilled for that? Say 20/24 spokes?