The weight difference between the SL and SLE is mostly in the hubs. The new SLS is essentially the SLE without the Exalith braking surface.
The SLS clearly has different hubs when compared to the SL.
For some reason the SLS is not listed under the Mavic 'Road and Triathlon' page http://www.mavic.com/wheels/road-triathlon#
pdlpsher1 wrote:Thanks. That would explain some of the weight savings. My SL's come in at 1750g.
It's weight weenie-ism that's killing off these wheels, and it's ridiculous, because 1750g isn't heavy. It's crazy, don't ya reckon?
People are being conditioned to think that anything over 1600g is heavy, and that 200g or 300g makes a difference in a set of wheels, when it doesn't.
Ah well, the benefit is that the "old" SLs can be bought for decent prices now.
Having said that, I've never owned any. I went through a period of being over 85kg, and the thought of 16 spokes messes with my head.
As I said, 1700g isn't heavy. I often race on my 2.1kg DT/Shimano wheels, and I never notice any difference between them and my 1650g wheels. In fact, the DTs often feel faster coz they're super-stiff.
What about 1500g? Is that ok? 200g is nothing.
This is one of my party tricks: a friend of mine was shopping around for wheels a while ago on the 'net. When he saw the weights of each wheel-set, he would screw his nose up at wheels around 1650g -- he'd say something like: "hmmm, I dunno; a bit heavy" -- then he'd get excited about wheels around 1500g: "ooh, nice. 1500g...light."
So, the next time I went to his house I brought over 2 packets of 100g potato chips and threw them on his lap. As he held one in each hand, I said: "there's your 'big' 200g weight difference!" He replied: "Oh my god, this is nothing."
1350 grams, 16/20 spokes, wide rims, $3,500! Ouch!
If I only have $1,200 to spend what other options do I have in an aero and light wheelset?
These are lighter, cheaper, more aero. http://www.flocycling.com/wheels_front_flo_30.php
If you're looking for aero, check out an aero helmet. You'll save more drag with a helmet than wheels.
@ User Name, the Great Wheel Test should be called the poor wheel test. Without drag at various yaw angles the data is useless (unless there is absolutely no wind when you ride).
That said, I love my 1380g rear wheel with my 950g front wheel (weight w/o skewers, rim tape, cassette, tires/tubes).
Ive always wondered at these Mavic wheels, they were SO EXPENSIVE considering their weight and all the other options at the same or less cost that offered better, more advanced aerodynamics, lower weight and easy repairability... these were always such a black sheep in the high-end-but-not-Lightweight category of wheels its no wonder they are discontinued to me, I always wondered who would buy them...good-looking but the numbers just didnt make sense.
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