Must buy some wheels in the sale... Ksyrium Elites / RS80s

richa
richa Posts: 1,632
edited January 2010 in Road buying advice
Please help. Can't decide. Considering Mavic Ksyrium Elites, Shimano RS80s or handbuilts. Budget is approx £300. Would like something light. And, more subjectively, something that looks good - which in my opinion is a factory wheelset look. I am an indecisive chap wanting to commit. Please help.
Rich

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    RichA wrote:
    Please help. Can't decide. Considering Mavic Ksyrium Elites, Shimano RS80s or handbuilts. Budget is approx £300. Would like something light. And, more subjectively, something that looks good - which in my opinion is a factory wheelset look. I am an indecisive chap wanting to commit. Please help.

    I had the Dura Ace version of the RS80s, they were absolutely great!
    I'd go with the RS80s.
  • richa
    richa Posts: 1,632
    Pretty even so far, had expected a flurry of shouts of "handbuilts". But guess that maybe due to me not wanting an openpro 32 spoke look...
    Rich
  • If I hadnt hhave manage to pick up the EA90SLs so cheaply from CRC, I would be buying those RS80s (better looking than the Eastons as well)
  • incog24
    incog24 Posts: 549
    I've done a few thousand miles on my RS80s now. Very light for the money, and feel lighter because of the really light rim (claimed 370g?). Because of this they're responsive at low speeds, out corners etc and feel easy on the legs out the saddle. However, presumably partially because of the light rim, they're also a little flexy. If I'm going for it up a hill there's a fair amount of brake block rubbing. I'm only 74kgs so not massive. I'd probably buy again though, I think the lack of weight balances the lower stiffness making the wheel just as responsive. Still, if I was an 85kg+ sprinter I'd probably go for something else.
    Racing for Fluid Fin Race Team in 2012 - www.fluidfin.co.uk
  • richa
    richa Posts: 1,632
    Many thanks for all your input.

    The Shimano RS80's won with 57% of the vote and that is what I have just ordered from Merlin:
    Shimano RS80s
    Rich
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    RichA wrote:
    Many thanks for all your input.

    The Shimano RS80's won with 57% of the vote and that is what I have just ordered from Merlin:
    Shimano RS80s

    Sooper!

    You must now follow BikeRadar rule number one and post pics of the bike when you get them on!
  • richa
    richa Posts: 1,632
    I hear that they have been shipped already. Well done Merlin.
    Rich