Which Wheels - RS80 , Elites or Pro Lite ??

chris217
chris217 Posts: 217
edited October 2011 in Road buying advice
decision time , looking for sub £400 wheelset, shortlist is as follows:

- Shimano RS80
- Pro-Lite Bracciano
- Mavic Ksyrium Elite.

I favour the Shimano as they are the cheapest and have prev had the DA version which are fantastic.

not everyday use but will prob do long rides and sportives .

any help appreciated, cheers

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  • turnerjohn
    turnerjohn Posts: 1,069
    personally the Elites....Mavic maybe a little heavier but their bomb-proof and easy to service.
  • arlowood
    arlowood Posts: 2,561
    Bought the RS80's in July to replace the fairly basic Mavic CXP22's on my Spesh.

    What a transformation - I love them so would also be tempted in your position.

    However, Planet X are offering the Ksyrium Elites at £389 ( saving nigh on £100)

    http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/WPM ... 1-wheelset

    If you have the budget to stretch that far then maybe the Elites should be an option.
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    Elites.

    Stunning wheels for the money.
  • chris217
    chris217 Posts: 217
    Thanks Guys, arlwood Planet X have the RS80 for £299 at the moment.

    Gazza - cheers, just wondered what is so stunning about the Elites ?? had some before and they were Ok but kind of unremarkable i thouight.

    cheers
  • prawny
    prawny Posts: 5,439
    I think I'd go for the RS80s That's very cheap and there's been lots of good things writton on here about them
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  • blu3cat
    blu3cat Posts: 1,016
    RS80s £299, hmm I may buy myself a pressie. If only I could get over the fact that the text on the rims looks so nasty.
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  • dodgy
    dodgy Posts: 2,890
    I have the Braccianos and the RS80s. The RS80s are a big step up in my opinion.
  • racingcondor
    racingcondor Posts: 1,434
    I'd go RS80 but I haven't ridden the Mavics.
  • chris217
    chris217 Posts: 217
    cheers guys for all input.

    Done . RS80's £299 ordered !
  • napoleond
    napoleond Posts: 5,992
    I was going to add my tuppence about the Elites. I actually prefer them to the Dura Ace carbon clinchers I used to have!
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  • mroli
    mroli Posts: 3,622
    And too late for me too, but I have RS80s and Braccianos and I would ride the RS80s every day over the Bracs. Not to say that the Bracs are bad wheels at all though.
  • chris217
    chris217 Posts: 217
    Cheers NapD , what the reason for your preference, Stiffness ?

    i was hoping to have a bit of give in the wheels for a bit of added comfort for my new frame !!

    Sold the Look 555, now got a Supersix !!
  • bennj
    bennj Posts: 76
    RS80's are a great choice, I bought these earlier in the year and could not believe the difference they make you will love them I am sure. very light and spin well.

    In fact I like them so much that I am seriously considering the deep section version at the moment as well.
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  • napoleond
    napoleond Posts: 5,992
    Chris217 wrote:
    Cheers NapD , what the reason for your preference, Stiffness ?

    i was hoping to have a bit of give in the wheels for a bit of added comfort for my new frame !!

    Sold the Look 555, now got a Supersix !!

    Stiffness, found the DAs too flexy under power. They roll beautifully though. I'm loving the Elites on my R3 with Vittoria Paves. They roll bloody smooth too.
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  • porker33
    porker33 Posts: 636
    NapD surely too flexible under power, means too lardy after cake, or you are putting out some serious power? :D
  • napoleond
    napoleond Posts: 5,992
    porker33 wrote:
    NapD surely too flexible under power, means too lardy after cake, or you are putting out some serious power? :D

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  • brabus
    brabus Posts: 138
    Some tempting deals on these.

    i upgraded to a set of ritchey wcs on my team carbon which are a similar weight.etc.

    would i notice much improvement swapping to the rs80 or the elites?

    Thanks
  • napoleond
    napoleond Posts: 5,992
    To be frank, the differences are all subtle. I only bought the Elites because my shitty Alex Rims I got for free gave up the ghost. Having said that it's the subtleties that add up...
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  • napoleond
    napoleond Posts: 5,992
    To be frank, the differences are all subtle. I only bought the Elites because my shitty Alex Rims I got for free gave up the ghost. Having said that it's the subtleties that add up...
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  • thecm
    thecm Posts: 71
    I have the RS80s as summer wheels on my VN Amazon and they climb really well but have more flex when sprinting and climbing than the K Elites on my Canyon. Difficult to say much on comfort differences as the bikes are so different.