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Mavic wheelsKramer7
Dec 19, 2002 9:55 PM
Looking at purchasing another wheel set, because I'm sick of change over my racing tyres to training tyres.
I'm currently riding a Cannondale with Mavic CXP30 wheel set with hope hubs.
My question is I don't know how fast my current wheel set is, or whether to buy a training set or a racing set.

What type of wheel set should I be looking purchasing which would be used for multi-Sport and some road racing.

Cheers Kramer
The TruthBigLeadOutGuy
Dec 20, 2002 6:53 AM
Your current wheelset is probably only as fast as you are. =)
I wouldnt go crazy and spend 1000 bucks on an aero wheelset cause an analyst said it will cut 1 minute off your century time. Buy the wheelset you can afford. Of course the standard mavic OP pros come to mind. Built with dura-ace hubs are about as light as any so called lightweight wheelset going....except they are about 300 less.
bigleadout guy is rightwheelsucker
Dec 20, 2002 10:40 AM
buy a wheelset you can afford, I have the mavic open pros with dura-ace hubs, I'm as fast on them as anyone in my cat. I paid $300 at excel, if I could I would have dished out the extra $200 for chris king hubs(about 1/4lb lighter total than da hubs) but you have to get the best with what you can afford
You're both rightRockyMountainRacer
Dec 20, 2002 11:24 AM
I have significant shop experience, and I can second what you've both said from both my shop and racing experience. I really like to build my own wheels, so I am a bit anti-factory built wheels. Not that there's anything really WRONG with them, they are light. But they are harder to true, and much harder to overhaul.

My favorite wheel set is what you've both said, Mavic Open Pro's on a Dura Ace hub. I like to go with 32 spokes in a 14/15 guage double-butted, three cross, with alloy nipples. If you are really looking to save weight, you can go with a 28 hole with 2 cross in the front and really not lose any durability, and the wheel will be stiffer. But for the rear, I would probably stay with 32 hole in a 3-cross. I bought a 28 hole rear hub and Open Pro for my training wheels a while back, because I only weigh 145 to 150, and I thought I could go light weight without a problem. However, I've found that I start breaking spokes in the back every 14 months or so and have to rebuild the wheel. If you weigh more than me be carefull, unless you plan to use them as strictly race wheels.

And I would also say that you may be happier with your Shimano hubs than Chris Kings. First of all, Shimano D/A and XTR really weigh almost the same as the Kings, the big difference you see in the catalogs is that Shimano's are weighed with that nice titanium skewer in them, and Chris King's are weighed without the skewer. So you will also have to fork over more dollars for skewers if you go with Kings. Also, Shimano's are much much easier to overhual because they use traditional cup and cone bearings. King bearings are sealed, so you have to replace them when you want to overhual, and you have to use a special $150.00 dollar retail bearing press to do so. But all that being said, King's are still the ultimate "trick" hub, and they sound really cool when you freewheel too.
Anybody want to trade?853
Dec 20, 2002 1:34 PM
A set of three months old '02 Mavic K elites for a set of semi-new mavic open pros with dura-ace hubs.

Just want to try these out. See if they will help make my Cannondale a little more comfy.

Anybody want to trade?RockyMountainRacer
Dec 20, 2002 1:49 PM
They WILL make the C'Dale more comfortable if you go with the 3-cross spokes. But I ain't tradin'!
Keep what you got.Canidraftyou
Dec 22, 2002 2:14 PM
Keep what you got until your able to stay within a wheel from winning a race, than maybe a lighter faster wheel can be jsutified. Until then, your just looking pretty. In cycling pretty is not fast in the ending result, only to those who dont ride may thing your fast. Your call!

A mind is a terrible thing...53T
Jan 3, 2003 12:08 PM
The poor guy is trying to avoid changing his tires before every race, not go 0.01% faster. Your answer is a very good one, but for some other question.

Get the D/A OP set or even a D/A Deep-V set (I have that combo for race wheels).

BTW, why do you change tires for races? DO you have some really heavy training tires?