Wheel upgrade choice

by notfastenough   November 5, 2012  

Morning all,
I'm shopping around for some nice wheels for christmas. I've narrowed it down to:

Mavic Ksyrium Equipe in white (look great)
Quest Keswick in black (bit lighter than the Mavics, these are a re-badge of Pro-Lite Braccianos since Pro-Lites don't seem to be that easy to get hold of but Quest are in the UK and advertising the Keswicks in CW)
Handbuild - I live near Will's Wheels in Stockport, I don't know what they will do for the £260-ish that the other choices cost.

Thoughts?

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Just bought myself the 2013, Mavic Ksyrium Elite S, Wheelset, they come with Mavic Tyres; and they're 30, grams lighter in weight than the 2012, Elites. I'm extremely pleased with them. Had a cracking deal with my LBS, put a new Ultegra 11/28, cassette on the wheels, also came from LBS, as a good deal.

posted by Mostyn [407 posts]
5th November 2012 - 17:21

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CRC have got the Bracciano's for £239 which is a steal - I have the 2011 version and they've been great.

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
5th November 2012 - 19:21

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@mostyn - nice deal, but I can't make the jump to the elites, equipes is about the limit.

@hatter, I note the black ones are still £300 - how do the silver ones look? I can't help thinking it will look retro, and a bit odd on a carbon frame?

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3414 posts]
5th November 2012 - 22:04

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I had the silver braccianos on a white planet-x nanolight
and yes very retro looking - I liked it a lot Smile
Good wheels but need a little extra when nipping up the
cassette to limit freehub scaring !

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [744 posts]
6th November 2012 - 8:27

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Campagnolo Zondas. Bullet proof, quick and light.
Under £300 at Ribble or bike-discount.de
Excellent all rounders.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [324 posts]
6th November 2012 - 11:10

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Well after nipping into a LBS today, I've ended up with a pair of one-ride-old white ksyrium equipes that were going for £200 with warranty. So, now I need to decide what accompany them with. I'm thinking of tyres colour-co-ordinated with bar tape. So, red's a bit obvious. Current thinking is either:

Yellow
Celeste green
Blue
Pink

Suggestions? (both for colour and products which provide those colours)

By the way, the bike is black with black group and finishing kit, and white transfers.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3414 posts]
11th November 2012 - 23:14

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Michelin, Schwalbe, Tri Comp, Red bar tape requires : Red stripe tyres, Depending on bike colour scheme.

posted by Mostyn [407 posts]
12th November 2012 - 23:42

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Handbuild, no question.

It will always be better (assuming a reasonable level of competency of course).

Go and tell them your budget and see what they can do.

Also what do you want the wheels for, what bike do you ride, your weight - I don't see how anyone can even offer an opinion without knowing some basic facts.

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posted by abudhabiChris [547 posts]
15th November 2012 - 7:15

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