Both my wife and I have been riding our Heliums for over 12 years. After three years of often rainy rides while living in the Caribberan, my front bearing needed replacement, which was handily done by a shop stateside. Granted, we are both bantamweights (<150 lbs), but these have never needed truing until recently, when I ran over my front wheel with my Jeep. Yup - direct hit, ran right over the middle of the He wheel with both front and rear Grand Cherokee tires. Result? Quick release lever side of skewer bent over at 90 degrees, causing a small (~ 5mm) piece of the axle to chip, and about a potatoe chip waver of less than 1mm, readily corrected by standing on the high spots! Now if only I could fnd a repalcement skewer, they'd be nearly good as new.
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2012
Strengths: Light weight, reliable, easy to work on, spokes easy to find. Great color. Love the QRs.
Weaknesses: They don't still make this design
Last night was the death of my Heliums. The death of a wheelset may prompt a bad review for some, but I looked at the life that both sets of my Helium wheels have had and am inspired to type a positive memoir instead. To be accurate, I have had 2 sets of these wheels that were both replaced this year. One set had 13 years of road riding and the second had 8 years on the road and 4 as a CX wheel. The only maintenance needed in the average year was a little truing and some grease in the hub. I had to replace 3 spokes over the years and SAPIM straight pull proved to be easy to come by and inexpensive, especially compared to some of the proprietary spokes on the market. Ride quality was great, they spin up fast, and look beautiful. If I had a crack at a new set, I would buy them again, even with more modern designs on the market. RIP Heliums. You will be missed.
these wheels aren't the newest or lightest, but i think most of the people who reviewed the product don't know how to true radial laced wheels, or their mechanic is a neandertal. i weigh from 210-220 day in and day out. i have never had issues, i barely do any maintenance--i check spoke tension every other month and they are never out. i suggest they purchase a tensionometer and a truing stand and figure out what the heck they are doing. these wheels have a relatively high spoke count by today's standards and are fairly easy to maintain. i ride a moderate amount, about 400 miles per month by the way.
Mavic is the worst wheels ive ever bought. The first was the Mavic Helium and the second was the Mavic Ksyrium. I will never send any whell back to the company unless i dont want it in return. They take forever to repair, and design is too fragile, ive never had such a problem with truing a wheelste such as the Mavic Helium.
I'm tempted to pick up a Ridley Helium from competitive cyclist. [url=http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=PRODUCT&OPTION=LOAD_PRODUCT_BY_ID&PRODUCT.ID=32902]2012 Ridley Helium SRAM Force Complete Bike - Competitive Cyclist[/url]
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I currently ride a Ti Airborne Torch with Ultegra, and I'm looking at new bikes. I can probably spend around $3k
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So I bought a Ridley Helium recently and ended up with this mystery part that I have no idea what its use is. Thought it was a number plate holder at first, but it is facing the wrong way if you clamp it to the bike.
Any Ridley owners get this with their new Ridley? :confused:
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