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Featured Review: Williams Cycling Wheel System 30
Price Paid: $499.00 at Williams Wheels
Review Date: February 7, 2010
Overall Rating: 3 of 5
Value Rating: 4 of 5
Specialized Tarmac SL2/Campy Record that hangs at 15.5lbs
After getting the SWorks Tarmac with a set of Ksyrium SL’s, I knew that any ‘spirited competition’ was not going to be happening on the Ksyriums.
After all the good props on the Williams wheelsets I read here (more specifically, Keith Williams’ customer service), I rolled in on a pair of Williams 30′s. The first ride with Conti 4000′s sprung squeaks/rattles on my bike (and molars) that I’d not previously experienced…was initially disappointed to say the least. Ksyriums felt like I was riding on a Cadillac and the Williams was similar to an unsprung go kart…I could tell if the ant was male or female…
It wasn’t until I was in a pack with the bubbas that I could feel these wheels really take off…keeping the pedals going over the top sent the bike flying to the front of the pack. Buyers remorse removed and learned to live with the roughasever ride.
Enter one gnarly pothole on a night group ride- pinch flatted the Williams rear and thought I must have cracked the wheel (as the leader in front of me begins to ‘bunny hop’…I’m starting to think ‘uh-oh’ simultaneously coinciding with my rear wheel crushing the lip of well-driller’s dream…or vice versa). The good news was the rim held up well and only knocked out of true about 2mm. The subsequent ‘trueing exercise’ on the park trueing stand revealed something I didn’t especially like about the buildup: some of the nipples were perpindicular to the rim and some were along the axis of the spoke. Can’t say I’ve ever noticed this before (not a ton of experience w/ different wheelsets), but the ramification is when you try to adjust the spoke whose nipple is perpendicular to the rim (thus not along the spoke axis), the portion of the spoke in the nipple must be ‘bent’ to sit in there thus creates a bit of a hassle turning the nipple. Keith says I need to use a tool to hold the bladed spoke but I’d never seen/used one before…the tools I see are no different than using an adjustable wrench to hold the spoke and either would mar the spoke surface. Some Kroil and a good grip on the spoke got the results I needed and the wheel is back in ‘true’ operation.
Decided that the Williams will only see race day use as they’re too much of a PITA to ride daily. Will mention here that I’ve gotta put some of the blame on the Continentals…running them at 115 psi versus the Michelin-type tires S-Works puts out (that are on the Ksyriums) produces a harsher ride no matter what wheelset you put ‘em on…
- They’ll spin forever when the bike is on the stand and they accelerate well off the saddle
- Ride quality is a bit harsh…could crack a diamond.
Similar Products Used:
FSA 400; Mavic Ksyrium SSC/SL/TDF; Mavic Open Pro/DA hub; Open Pro/Ultegra Hub