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Why on Earth did Mavic stop making Heliums?(7 posts)

Why on Earth did Mavic stop making Heliums?James Curry
Apr 26, 2002 8:29 AM
I just bought some used and I train on Dura-Ace hubs and MA3's. There is a significant difference on smoothness! Wow! And I know there are less spokes and I did put some really skinny tires on so there's a weight advantage.

Why then did Mavic stop selling them? Almost every race I have been to people have a pair of heliums either on their bike or in the wheel pit! Do Cosmics really make them obselete? You would think with such a demand that they would maintain their production.
Ksyriums nmDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 8:38 AM
Completely agree!allervite
Apr 26, 2002 8:40 AM
But I think maybe Ksyriums made them obsolete, higher price point and all. I think we should start an E-mail campaign to have them reintroduced!
Same feeling here!Qubeley
Apr 26, 2002 11:31 AM
Helium is lovely. I think Mavic introduced Cosmos to compete in the $300 prebuilt wheel market.(Shimano R535, Rolf Vector, et al.) Before, they were the only one that made pre-built wheels. Helium is probably sacrificed for the Ksyrium Elite. I am not crazy about either Cosmos or Ksyrium, just not very competetive against other products.
Wish they kept Classic SSC and Helium. I don't seem to remember, but how much were Heliums originally?
I meant Ksyrium Elite in the previous post. SSC is sweet. nmQubeley
Apr 26, 2002 11:32 AM
$499. comes to mind (nm)allervite
Apr 26, 2002 12:47 PM
re: they had very high aerodragcyclopathic
Apr 27, 2002 12:18 PM
Cosmic Carbons and even Elites are much less