Velocity Helios wheelsets - clincher

DESCRIPTION

  • Lightweight Road wheels featuring 19mm tall rims, sealed bearing hubs, Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes, aluminum axles/freehub (HG spline), and 24 radial ft with 28 off center rear. F/R: 650g/870g

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    [Mar 18, 2012]
    Cam Godecke

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Very light, especially for the price. Very little lateral flex under hard pedaling. Velocity Aerohead rims are a strong point.

    Weakness:

    Spokes may break if washers are not used at hub flange.

    These wheels have been a mixed bag for me. After close to a year of continuous use, having remained true and solid, spokes began to break on both front and back wheels. After replacing 4 or 5 I noticed they all broke near the J-bend and realized it was due to a gap between the spoke and hub. They should have had washers to properly seat them close to the hub flange. I finally rebuilt both wheels with DT Aerolites, whose J-bend spec put them snug against the hub, and haven't had a broken spoke in 3 years since. Also, at 4 years and some 4000-5000 miles the rear rim showed extensive cracking radiating from the spoke holes. This was also replaced and has held up well after careful rebuilding. I would make sure of the spoke-hub spec before buying from Velocity USA next time. If CX-Rays are used, they must have washers or a different hub flange dimension.

    [Apr 04, 2011]
    GregD
    Recreational Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light and solid.

    Weakness:

    Freehub is aluminum, so cassettes with individual cogs start digging into it. I have a SRAM red cassette now which seems fine. Also, replacement freehubs are available.

    I've put about 2000 miles on these wheels and been very pleased with them. Their light, 1378 grams on my scale without skewers, and they feel solid. I weight 190 pounds, and there's no squirming or brake pad rub. So far, they've stayed true with no adjustments necessary, although I tend to be pretty careful when I ride, no potholes or curb jumping, etc.

    Similar Products Used:

    Mavic Open Pro/Ultegra, Mavic Aksium.

    [Oct 12, 2009]
    bikeosprey
    Recreational Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light, super smooth bearings.
    SLEEPER wheels. All performance.

    Weakness:

    No impact on the way they look.

    I am a 58 year old rider, retired 8 years so I have lots of time for research. These are great wheels, super light, crazy smooth bearings, super strong. Only problem is they are not as pretty as the newer wheels and no one knows about these, just amazing. x-ray spokes. check out the details on their web site, 1470 grams.

    Similar Products Used:

    too many

    [Jan 19, 2008]
    redrabbit
    Road Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Weight, price, great company. They are local where I live and I went to the company and talked with the guy who runs it about lacing options etc. Anyone can call him too. They aren't using proprietary parts so any reputable lbs can work on them w/o ordering parts.

    Weakness:

    None

    I had them lace both front and back 2x rather then radial front and 3x rear. Wheels came in at 1420g w/o skewers and 1523 w/skewers on the scale at lbs. You'll pay 2x as much for a comparable wheelset from another company. Velocity is a great company and deals with any issues on their wheels.

    Similar Products Used:

    Low end Mavic (yuck! long wait for replacement parts too), Gippieme (heavy but solid)

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