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Mavic Carbone Wheelset: 1999 vs. 2004(3 posts)

Mavic Carbone Wheelset: 1999 vs. 2004huffer
Jan 6, 2004 9:20 AM
I have an opportunity to buy a set of Carbones circa 1999. Anyone know the differences between the two model years? Are the newest versions lighter? More aero? More durable?
re: Mavic Carbone Wheelset: 1999 vs. 2004Chen2
Jan 6, 2004 10:04 AM
The newer ones have 20 black spokes on the rear wheel instead of the 16 stainless on the older wheel. I just had to replace my 1998 rear Carbone (half price) with a 2004 wheel because a spoke eyelet broke which led to a cracked rim (aluminum). The newer rear wheel with more spokes should be stronger and stay true better. I don't think there is much difference in weight. If you are considering buying used be sure to check the condition of the spoke eyelets and trueness of the wheel. This requires removing the rim tape, tire and tube. Based on my experience I don't think I'd want to buy used unless I knew the wheels and the owner well.
I have several thousand miles on my Carbones and feel that I've got my money's worth but with today's technology I think you can buy lighter wheels with similar good aerodynamics at a similar price. Carbones are fast, very aero, and have good hubs, they are relatively heavy for their price.
My LBS informed me that MAVIC will come out with a new wheel in 2005 to replace the Carbones.
My info is a bit fuzzy...divve
Jan 6, 2004 11:13 AM
...if I'm not mistaken there's also no Campagnolo 10 speed compatibility for the older version.