Road Wheels - which ones to choose

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  1. Bretts

    Bretts New Member

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    I have been given a choice between Mavic Ksyrium elite or Shimano WH7701.

    Does anyone know what would be a better choice?

    I have only been riding Giant OCR3 road 18months (average 100 -150 kms a week) and have decided to buy a real bike. Very bewildering what to get.wheels - which ones :c
     
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  2. rlroadie

    rlroadie New Member

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    Have recently started riding the Mavic Ksyrium Elites and love them - but, if you have the $$'s, you might want to consider the upgraded SL's - would be a good investment.

    Hope this helps...

    rlroadie
     
  3. Osker

    Osker New Member

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    Definitely the Ksyriums. I just picked up a pair and would not ride anything else
     
  4. DiabloScott

    DiabloScott New Member

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    Ksyrium SSC $800/pair 18&20 spokes 1625 g/pair
    WH7701 (Dura Ace) $800/pair 16&16 spokes 1660 g/pair
    Ksyrium Elite $500/pair 18&20 spokes 1715 g/pair
    R540 (Ultegra) $300/pair 16&16 spokes 1850 g/pair

    Surprising that they'd offer you the Dura Ace wheels as an equal to the Ksy Elites because they're quite a bit more expensive… probably has to do with the new Dura Ace gruppo coming out - lots of DA stuff is being deeply discounted. I've got a friend with the DA wheels and he loves them but only uses them for races, not that they're more prone to damage than his regular ones, just more expensive to replace if he does wreck them.

    Even though the DA wheels are super nice, the Ksy Elites would probably be a better choice for everyday riding, plus they're very popular so lots of bike shops carry them and will be familiar with them. If you want to get into racing you could order your bike with the DA wheels and buy another set of conventional wheels for everyday use. What a choice!
     
  5. Kraig Willett

    Kraig Willett New Member

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    Though it may not be dealing with the current model year parts, I evaluated Ksyriums, and Shimanos in a head-to-head fashion a couple of years ago.

    Check out the article titled:

    8/22/2001 - Bicycle Wheel Evaluation

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    http://www.biketechreview.com/projects/bikecomlinks.htm

    It should also serve as a pretty good primer on what I consider "important" when evaluating wheels.

    Enjoy,

    kraig
     
  6. Bretts

    Bretts New Member

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    Thanks for your replys
     
  7. patch70

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    Ksyrium wheels really are bombproof and also great for racing.
     
  8. ajo

    ajo New Member

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    Regarding the wheel-evaluating link: The DuraAce rear wheel has changed spoke pattern to improve the stiffnes&durability - the functions where it scored low in the evaluation.
    I've had the WH6500 wheels (only hub different from WH-7700), loved them. Very comfortable, which is important when using a stiff alu frame, and had no problems with them, no truing needed, even after hard downhill riding on damaged asphalt. The rim weight is very low (and "heavy" hub), which makes this wheels ideal for climbing and acelrations.
     
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