Servicing Mavic Ksyrium Elites??

Nickodemus
Nickodemus Posts: 94
edited July 2011 in Road buying advice
I have been riding on a pair of Ksyrium Elites since 2005 (i think they're that old), and I'm just thinking, maybe time for an upgrade, but.... is it possible to have the wheels 'serviced', and if so, would it be worth doing that rather than getting a new pair, or would they just never feel as good as a new pair?

Cheers.
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Comments

  • Do yours still "creak"? Mine are like a shagged out bottom bracket on its last legs....
  • careful
    careful Posts: 720
    The bearings could be replaced but the real problem is rim wear. Mine have done about 6000 miles and are getting a bit thin. Really not worth replacing rims.
  • Nickodemus
    Nickodemus Posts: 94
    Do yours still "creak"? Mine are like a shagged out bottom bracket on its last legs....

    Never had a problem with mine...

    So generally, I should just buy new ones.

    Cheers guys.
    "Bite off more than you can chew, and chew like hell!!"
  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Remove the wheel from the bike and hold it by the ends of the axle, then rotate it. If you can feel any grit or uneven vibrations you can replace the bearings.
    The bearings could be replaced but the real problem is rim wear.

    I had a very old Mavic mtb wheel who's rim parted company with the rest of the wheel over about a 12" section! But it had done a LOT of miles.
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  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 17,824
    careful wrote:
    The bearings could be replaced but the real problem is rim wear. Mine have done about 6000 miles and are getting a bit thin. Really not worth replacing rims.
    6000 miles, the rims getting thin, and not worth replacing? Blimey, at that rate I'm going to have to replace a £390 wheelset every 12 months: it's going to be an expensive hobby. That works out at nearly 5 pence per mile at that rate.
  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    I replaced the rim on my dead Mavic mtb wheel, mainly because I really liked the White Industries hub it used. I could buy bearings for only 1.20 on ebay! Anyway, the local bike shop charged me 60 quid to supply the rim and build the wheel. You'd be more for a Ksyrium rim but I'm not sure how much.
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  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Mavic only provide spares support for 5 years, so you might have to check on rim availability and whether later models are compatible. Hub bearing replacement is cheap and simple.
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  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Only 5 years! That's pretty poor.
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  • careful
    careful Posts: 720
    6000 miles, the rims getting thin, and not worth replacing? Blimey, at that rate I'm going to have to replace a £390 wheelset every 12 months: it's going to be an expensive hobby. That works out at nearly 5 pence per mile at that rate.
    Sorry briantrumpet, "wearing a bit thin" is a bit misleading. More correct to say that after only 6000 miles (less than a years riding" there is measurable wear), I measured rim thickness using a bent spoke as a spacer. Thickness was 1.3mm new and now 1.1mm. Being careful I plan to bin them at around 0.8-0.9mm. This should give me only another 12-18 months. I know that some people would continue well beyond this but I reckon it isnt worth the risk.