Is it just me or is the fella with the CX1 (second from left) rocking some Ksyrium Elites for 29er MTB use? I just picked those up for my roadie and they are stout but never imagined stout enough for MTB.
Anyone else riding Ksyriums off road?
In the picture those are the original Ksyrium SSC wheels. I've run them ever since Feb 04 and had great luck with them. I've put between 1200-1500 miles on them with a mix of tubed and tubeless. They work great tubeless. I have broke 1 spoke, but it was a stick that wedged between the spoke and the seat stay. It bent but did not break the spoke. As an experiment I didn't replace the spoke and continued to ride the wheel until it broke about 200 miles later. I then replaced the spoke and haven't trued the wheels since. Rock Solid. Another guy around here has been running the Ksyrium Elites with good luck. We are both fairly light riders and are not hard on wheels as a general rule.
Also, here are Cameron's thoughts on the Reba:
"The Reba burys any 29 inch fork I have ridden. And I have ridden nearly
every generation of every fork. It has the stiffnes of the WB, which is why
I was riding that fork, but is heads above it on suspension quality. Mostly
that is because of real easy adjustability that makes sense. At nine mile I
was riding nearly all of the singletrack with the compression locked out and
the flood gate nearly all open. It made the fork accelerate up short rises
and out of corners with a good amount of stiffness yet was soaking up
anything that was harsh enough to jar me. Basically SPV style. But I didn't
have the SPV headache with set up. Positive and Negative pressures for
whatever weight rider where posted on the back of the fork leg. And that
part worked like a SID. I usually always run more pressure than is
recommended but because I had such a wide range of adjustability I just ran
recommended and has quite happy when I was running the whole thing wide open
at the end of the race when your hands and wrists have had it. The other
thing that excited me alot was the feel of the fork fully locked out. I
never warmed up to the lock out at the bottom of the travel like the zoch.
And my WB I don't like because it slops around weird and bugs me, I keep
thinking something is breaking. The Reba I was fully hammering out of the
saddle on the front of the bike and it gives enough to keep you tracking
straight and not jar at all. All in all it might be what we need to really
usher in some of the people not sure about the 29er thing."