Mavic Open4CD

redvee
redvee Posts: 11,922
edited October 2010 in Road buying advice
I've got the chance to grab a pair of these with 105 hubs in the middle. The rear hub needs sorting out but I plan to strip the rim and build it into a wheel for the SS as the Halo rim eats brake blocks in the rain. In their days how good were these rims, are they worth grabbing before they get taken to the local bikeback scheme?
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  • In their day these were THE choice of most club cyclists. I bought a pair in 1990 on Ultegra 600 hubs, and after over 60,000 miles they still ride straight and true as they always have on my old 531 Raleigh, which is now my 'winter' bike.
  • Wheelspinner
    Wheelspinner Posts: 6,562
    Legshaver wrote:
    In their day these were THE choice of most club cyclists. I bought a pair in 1990 on Ultegra 600 hubs, and after over 60,000 miles they still ride straight and true as they always have on my old 531 Raleigh, which is now my 'winter' bike.

    :shock:

    Can you see through the braking surface yet??? Or don't you bother with wussy things like brakes?


    Good rims though, agreed!
    Open One+ BMC TE29 Seven 622SL On One Scandal Cervelo RS
  • It's true that the braking surfaces are worn, but I haven't worn out any of the wheels that I've owned. I must be a light braker, or maybe I should ride faster.

    BTW, is it still normal practise to put your feet down when trying to stop, only I'm wearing out these funny cleat things very regularly? :lol:
  • arlowood
    arlowood Posts: 2,561
    redvee wrote:
    I've got the chance to grab a pair of these with 105 hubs in the middle. The rear hub needs sorting out but I plan to strip the rim and build it into a wheel for the SS as the Halo rim eats brake blocks in the rain. In their days how good were these rims, are they worth grabbing before they get taken to the local bikeback scheme?

    Just sold my 14 year old Mercian Audax which still has the original Mavic Open 4CD wheels with Campag (Mirage) hubs. After this time and 10000+ miles, the wheels are still running true and spokes are all tight. Have not noticed any problems with the braking surfaces and I was only on my 3rd( I think) set of brake blocks.

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  • I only use Mavic Open rims. They have had an undiminished pedigree over the years and were always the choice for discerning cyclists. They are strong enough for light touring/ audax as well

    Red Balloon