I have a decision to make and its a tough one
I need some help
Im in the midst of a bike build and it has come to one of THE most important bits - THE WHEELS
the mavic Ksyrium SLRs ( or the SLR 125 edition ) OR the Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite
Both are alu clinchers , both are stealth , both have similar weights and both have great reputations , but which one is better ?
does anyone out there have any info / knowledge on characteristics / bad experiences / recommendations ?
Here is what I know about each ..............
It has amazing breaking with the exalith breaking system
It has carbon spokes on the rear wheel drive side for comfort
It has breaks and tyres included
and they look amazing
Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite
These wheels have the same amazing breaking with an equivalent system to the exalith
It has ceramic bearings on front and rear hubs ( which is a very strong plus in my book )
These wheels are quite rare - havent seen many on the road
Sadly I cannot buy them both , which should i choose ????
Personal preference and opinion but I also preferred the ride of them over my short time on Mavic RSYS SLR, strangely I found the Fulcrum to be a little stiffer laterally with no brake pad rub when sprinting out of the saddle uphill. I could get a little rub with the Mavic's and found them a little harder to maintain speed with around the flats, so I would suggest the Racing Zero Nite would be a lightly better all rounder but not much in it really.
Of course your riding terrain and focus will determine your choice more than opinions from others. For what it's worth I am not a climbers build so your stiffness requirements may be different to mine. Both great sets of wheels.
I now have 3 sets of Ksyrium SL's collecting dust and the bikes all wear Fulcrum.
And you can convert the freehub very easily should you ever want to.
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It has the H2 geo......one step racier than a hybrid bike
- braking in wet conditions
- horrible aerodynamic qualities. (narrow rims and large spokes make for a really bad combo.)
- exalith pads require extreme adjustment to not squeak
- The narrowness of the rim and the extreme toe-in required for the pads to not squeak made wheel swaps an absolute pain.
Good reviews? Well, to be fair to the Mavic's, over the course of 8 years and 3 sets I only had wheels in the truing stand literally a handful of times. They were plenty stiff enough for my usage.
But it's hard to be generous to the Mavic's after the Fulcrums. The Racing Zero hubs are akin to Record or Dura Ace loose balls as opposed to Mavic cartridge. On the Fulcrum you can fuss with grease weight and preload until they roll forever.
And there is no comparison in the freehubs. The Mavic - which I think is only 2 pawls, requires periodic maintenance or squeals like a pig. The maintenance is finicky where you are likely to end up with the pawls flying about. You also have to replace the freehub periodically. Your shifting will get sloppy and you fuss with that until you realize the nylon bushing (nylon bushing for chrissake!) in the freehub is shot and you need a new freehub.
The Fulcrum, which is 6 pawls, can be fully serviced (which it rarely needs) in under 10 minutes. Unbelievably easy.
I think both wheels are nice..I would choose the Racing Nite/Shamal Mille based on my experience. I've always regretted parting with my Shamals. Athough the price premium for the Nite/Mille over the normal version is taking the p**s a bit as the standard Shamal can be had for £300 less.
I saw the Racing Nite in a shop recently and thought it looked great.
Ltoddokc wrote:I was making the same decision and kept hearing about the superior hubs of the fulcrums. That combined with the great prices on German online shops for the Fulcrums (and the strong dollar) made it an easy choice. Ordered the racing zero nite's last night. We'll see how long they take to get to central US.
which german shop did you order from?
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