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When you buy a new wheel set, does it come with tires? I'm looking at Mavic Cosmic Elites, and it says it comes with Yksion Elite tyres, but the guy at the bikeshop said it did not come with tires?

Second, thoughts any thoughts on the cosmic vs aksium? I'm on a budget.


2016-08-25 9:04 AM
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Most wheel sets don't come with tires, however these should as Mavic designed the rim and tire to "work cohesively"

As for my thoughts, what are you wanting from a wheelset? More durability, better hubs, faster times, etc? What wheelset are you using now? What is your budget?
2016-08-25 10:01 AM
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thanks for the reply. I'm basically upgrading my 10 year old easton SL wheels (10 speed hub) in conjunction with a driverain upgrade to Ultegra 11 speed. So looking for an all-around wheel set, and want to spend less than $500. I race sprints and olympics at this point, speeds in the 21-24 MPH rage to give you perspective on my ability.

thoughts?
2016-08-25 12:25 PM
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Subject: RE: Wheel set Question

Originally posted by jdevito20 thanks for the reply. I'm basically upgrading my 10 year old easton SL wheels (10 speed hub) in conjunction with a driverain upgrade to Ultegra 11 speed. So looking for an all-around wheel set, and want to spend less than $500. I race sprints and olympics at this point, speeds in the 21-24 MPH rage to give you perspective on my ability. thoughts?
Another option is a new set of FLO 30's for $500.  Or piecing used FLO wheels such as a rear like this for $250+shipping and continuing to look for a front.

I initially updated my old Felt TTR2 wheels with a new 11spd hub.  Then later I bought a used FLO 60/90 wheelset for <$650, these are now my all-around wheels.

I wouldn't worry about tires unless they ae suppose to come with them.  There are so many options when it comes to tires but when it comes time to race you can optimize tire and tubes to get most out of rolling resistance and aero, if that matters to you.

2016-08-25 2:14 PM
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The Mavics are fine wheels, but there are better options the $500 range.

Flo 30s are a good all around choice. The have a wide toroidal shape which will save 38s in an Olympic vs a box rim (Mavic may only be a dozen seconds faster than a box rim). The wide rims also mean you get s better tire profile which means lower rolling resistance (making you faster) and allows you to run lower pressure (making it more comfortable). It's a strong enough rim that you can train daily on it. The one down side is that the hubs are just ok. Not bad, but not great. Probably a step below Mavic.

Another option would be to go semi custom with a kinlin rim

http://www.bikehubstore.com/category-s/219.htm

http://www.prowheelbuilder.com/shopby/pwb-signature-series.html

Bike hub store just send you a kit so you would have to build them yourself (or pay a bike shop ~$80 to build the set). The kinlin rims are likely less aero than Flo but more than Mavic. They are wide so they have the comfort and rolling resistance benefits. The hub options are either inexpensive generic hubs which are equivalent to those on the Flos. Or White Industrues which are as good as it gets (but would bump the overall cost into the high 600's)
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