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 Post subject: those crappy new wheels
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:10 pm 
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Got the road bike out last weekend. Its got 20 spoke (I think) ksyrium elites on it. Suddenly the bad memories of them came back - deep section rims provide lots of vertical stiffness, but too few spokes provide no lateral stiffness. Then the back one's always going out of true. Plus if I sprint, I can get the tyre to rub the chainstay. And they've probably not done 1000 miles. oh and cross winds are a bugger, with the bladed spokes. So, i toyed with the idea of going back to trad spoked wheels, but the ksyriums did cost a lot and weight on wheels is the most important aspect. so I weighed them. Ksyrium elites v XT hubs on 32 spoke 3X mavic open pros. Guess what? The 32 spokers weigh 75 grammes each more, so thats 150g in total and thats with a rim tape, which the ksyriums dont use. So job done, I'm back to traditional wheels with the sexy ones relegated to time trial use, should I ever bother. Talk about marketing clap trap.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:43 pm 
Gold Trader
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Seconded!!

Just wait till they get old and the alu nipple seizes in the rim :evil:

Andy


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:28 am 
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Ive been wondering the same thing, weight and usability etc. I reckon you cant beat a good set of handbuilt wheels with trad spoking.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:41 pm 
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Bit of a no mans land wheel though, not light, not particularly aero. Just a space filler in their range.

Everyone I spoke to about their SLs rates them highly and have done 1000s of miles and are still true.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:43 pm 
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but they look good


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