The ubiquitous Mavic Open Pro has served the wheel world faithfully over the years/decades as the benchmark for quality construction and performance. While its name has changed over the years, the Mavic Open Pro’s role and ability to perform over tens of thousands of miles remains constant. Indeed, you could do very little to find a much worse wheel option as compared to a wheel set built with these legendary rims.
So why is any comparison between a wheel set built with Mavic Open Pros and virtually any other rim almost like comparing apples to oranges? Due to the fact that almost always Open Pros are found built into 32 hole front and rear wheel sets. That, and due to the fact that if an Open Pro had a single stainless eyelet instead of a full double stainless eyelet (a rare bird these days), the rim would weigh a full 15-18g less and would be in DT Swiss RR415 territory, while still offering a stronger rim material composition.
More info about Ultegras
In summary, the Mavic Open Pro rim is very light weight (approx. 435g), features precision machined side walls for excellent stopping power, as well as full double stainless steel eyeleted spoke holes for better spoke support and longevity. We build these wheels with Shimano Ultegra 6800 series black ano, 11 spd hub sets, (also compatible with 8/9/10 spd cassettes) using a three cross lace pattern which offers a great blend between the wheel's ability to accelerate yet still absorb road shock. Upgrading to Mavic Open Pro / Ultegras is about investing yourself into your sport, this combination of components is the absolute quintessential balance between performance (measured in years) and quality one could possibly ask for. We hope you'll love these wheels as much as we do.
Brief: Road Race wheel set 700C, build level info
Rims: Mavic Open Pro® 700c silver 32 hole, black 32 or 36 hole, Couche Dure 32 hole
Hubs Front: Shimano Ultegra 6800 black (147g)
Hubs Rear: Shimano Ultegra 6800 black (344g), 8/9/10/11 spd compatible
Nipples: DT Swiss brass or alloy nipples, please select
Valve Type: Presta
Tire Sizes: 700 x 19 - 700 x 28
*Includes Shimano QR levers respective to the hub selection, and Velox 16mm cloth rim tape.
**Dura-Ace only available with 32 hole rims.
- Is Qty 1 the price for one wheel or the wheel set?
Qty 1 = 1 wheel set, the price includes the front wheel, the rear wheel, and QR levers if applicable (Ex: QR hubs, Thru Axle hubs do not come with QR levers)
- How long does it take to ship once I place my order?
Each wheel set is custom built by us, by hand, and usually takes us 2 - 3 business days after an order is received. Wheel sets with CX-Ray spokes sometimes take an additional 1 - 2 days to ship.
- How do I buy extra spokes incase one breaks?
We have yet to make a priority to sell extra spokes. We very rarely, (emphasis on rare) hear of an issue regarding a need to replace a broken spoke. We insist on using the best rims, hubs, spokes, and nipples. Combined with exemplary built wheels, means that they really aren't needed. We are considering making them available for sale however; we are frequently contacted by riders looking for a spoke solution for wheel sets that originally came with their bike.
- What else do I need to make these work?
That varies, but in most cases, you will still need to install a rim strip or rim tape, the tire and inner tube(s). You will also need to install your cassette on your rear wheel. We recommend this work to be performed by an experienced / professional bicycle mechanic, specialized tools are needed, and it is recommended that proper bike function is inspected everytime you change bicycle components/wheels.
We do not recommend that said bicycle mechanic "takes a look" at the wheels to "touch them up". Invariably, wheel truing equipment available to bike shops is not capable of indicating tolerance measurements equal to our equipment. Any "touch ups" at the shop level will be greater/and therefor less precise, than the truing adjustments we make when we build your wheels. Visual Cues that a wheel needs "touching up" are frequently misleading, rim seams, rim labels, tires/tubes, even the manner in which a wheel is positioined in a bike frame can all manifest into a visual cue that makes the rim appear out of true. Aside from needing tires, a cassette, etc. your wheels will be ready to ride out of the box.
- Why are your wheels so inexpensive?
Simple, low overhead. Our wheel set pricing is not pumped up to pay for expensive team/rider sponsorships, nor huge advertising campaigns. We don't have to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars built into the cost of each wheel set in order to recover from such types of expenses. Repeat customers and word-of-mouth lends to the bulk of our sales. Forum discussions and blogs also contributes heavily. We frequently receive emails from our customers indicating extreme approval of their new wheels, and the associated savings they enjoyed from making their purchase with Bicycle Wheel Warehouse.