Wheels wheels and more wheels

saunderela
saunderela Posts: 12
edited May 2011 in Road buying advice
All

I know I should just choose and all of them would be a big improvement on what I have (stock Bontrager wheels) but I have been mulling this over for a while and will need to make a decision in the next day or so.
So any factors or opinions I should be aware of or just go for the ones I like the look of best for my current and probably next bike?

I have ruled out aero wheels and handbuilt (but did seriously consider Ambrosio Excellence/Royce Hubs). I am about 75-80kg (curry/beer dependant) and ride in lumpy/hilly areas for pleasure only.

Shimano RS80's
Mavic Ksyrium Elites
Rolf Prima Aspin SL (my favourite looking wheel)

Thanks
David

Comments

  • MikeWW
    MikeWW Posts: 723
    Got some Ksyrium Elites which I have been very pleased with but also got some American Classic aero420's the other day aero_420_track_rear__42683_zoom.jpg
    Very impressed with them
  • Bozman
    Bozman Posts: 2,518
    I've had the Elites and RS80s. The Elites were bullet proof, i ran them all year round on country lanes and never had a problem in the three years that i owned them, i''ve also got some SLs and there isn't that much difference between the two.
    I've had the RS80s for about a year and i can't fault them at all, they're light, run very smooth and they're stiff.
    Only time will tell if the RS80s match up to the Elites but the only difference to me is the price.
  • Ksyrium Elites, great set of wheels. Spin up quick, responsive even when climbing, sealed hubs for winter use, takle the occasional pot hole incident. 9 out of 10 cats prefer them, etc.
  • cabbage1879
    cabbage1879 Posts: 113
    Ksyrium Elites, great set of wheels. Spin up quick, responsive even when climbing, sealed hubs for winter use, takle the occasional pot hole incident. 9 out of 10 cats prefer them, etc.

    +1 for the Elites.

    Quality set of wheels indeed.
  • edhornby
    edhornby Posts: 1,780
    Fulcrums - Merlin are doing the Fulcrum 3 for the same price as the mavics
    "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel, how good is that"
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  • marksteven
    marksteven Posts: 208
    hand biult ! last longer are stronger & if something breaks you dont have to search the world to fix it nuff said :D
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Planet X Type B's cheap and mine ride really well.
  • chrisbonnie
    chrisbonnie Posts: 55
    MikeWW wrote:
    Got some Ksyrium Elites which I have been very pleased with but also got some American Classic aero420's the other day aero_420_track_rear__42683_zoom.jpg
    Very impressed with them

    lovely wheels Mike, where did you purchase them badboys?
  • RDB66
    RDB66 Posts: 492
    I wonder where they got the idea for the "one Red Spoke" from !! lol

    They do look good though.
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  • MikeWW
    MikeWW Posts: 723
    MikeWW wrote:
    Got some Ksyrium Elites which I have been very pleased with but also got some American Classic aero420's the other day aero_420_track_rear__42683_zoom.jpg
    Very impressed with them

    lovely wheels Mike, where did you purchase them badboys?

    Got them from here http://www.cycleshackonline.co.uk/Cannock_Chase_Bike_Store_Cannock_Cycle_Shop.html

    Came free with this that I picked up end of last week

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  • This is a useful thread, had a few too many spokes go on the 'default' wheels on my road bike now (Jalco - who are they exactly??) - the most recent being 12 miles from the end of the 100 mile Castle Ride yesterday - managed to finish but very annoying.

    I would want to spend £300-£400 but as is customary in these situations I believe the budget may increase as I come across sexier bits of kit.

    I'm also looking at Ksyrium Elites, Fulcrum Racing 3s, Shimano RS80s,

    but what about Reynolds Solitudes? Personally the relatively deep section does it for me visually, but has anyone got any experience with them?

    Everyone here seems to have a specific preference, is there anything obvious that separates these any of these wheels (durability preferably) or is it more of a personal thing? Ksyriums seem to be winning on preference so far, or at least the most well-known.

    Cheers
    Si
  • Wheelspinner
    Wheelspinner Posts: 6,560
    I had a set of the Reynolds Solitudes, and did not like them at all. They looked good, but the braking was awful, and no amount of tweaking and tuning resolved the problems completely. Got a persistent pulsing judder with them, very unnerving. ALso flexed a bit more than some other wheels I've ridden.

    Sold them, went back to Mavics (Ksyrium Elites on that frame coincidentally). End of problems.

    I've had a few sets of Mavic wheels (Elites, Cosmic Carbone SL, Ksyrium SSC SL), and they have all performed flawlessly. I've also used Campagnolo, Fulcrum and DT Swiss, and although good, I don't think any were any better than the Mavics.
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