All week I have been trying to prepare for Sunday's Lausanne triathlon but I am ashamed to say that even on Friday morning nothing had started. A positively shocking admission.
So Friday morning after the customary Boudry mountain climb I resolved to go on an emergency Diet. This fitted in nicely with a heavy workload meaning that I worked thru an imaginary lunch to investigate the delights of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine)
Friday evening was supposed to be dedicated to a Lausanne Lake Triathlon swim preparation, but back in Lausanne by 20.00 left it too late.
So it came to this Saturday: Today I did make a few Km test swim of Orca wetsuit clad swimming. The water temperature was 21 degrees and it has been my first swim in about 2 weeks. This will have to do as Triathlon Swim preparation.
Next it came time to mount and build the new Mavic R-Sys wheels. I forgot to order the necessary tyres so had to use the 2 emergency Michelin Pro-2 Race tyres
Agata helped with the mounting of the Michelins onto these Mavic rims. As expected the 700x20C tyres need levers just to put them on. Tight! Fingers crossed, if they are still at 120PSI on Sunday morning I take it that nothing is pinched, trapped or otherwise mis-aligned.
Mavic R-Sys SL mini review
I've ridden them for about 5 minutes so far without any complaints! The things I noticed were
- Thinner than my Shimano Dura-Ace WH-7850-C50-CL (1695 grams)
- Yes the wheels do weigh only 1295 grams per pair, that is light!
- Being non aero section it means that they will behave normally in a cross wind
- Being non aero means it's quite impossible to find any lightweight tubes, so you'll buy aero tubes and have a huge long dangling valve showing.
- The skewers are part plastic to save weight
- The bearings can be accessed by simply pulling off the edge carbon fibre/plastic caps. It reminds me of the original Dura Ace groupset I first bought in 1980.
- The front wheel have only carbon fibre spokes
- The rear wheel has alloy spokes on the cassette side and carbon on the other
- The idiotoc manual contains pictures only so it was not clear if I needed to fit a spacer to accomodate the Dura Ace 10 speed Cassette
After Googling, reading both the Mavic and Shimano Technical notes, Agata and I reasoned to leave the Mavic Spacer on the Hub, and not to use the thinner Shimano spacer shipped with the Dura Ace 7900 cassette
So it is approaching midnight Saturday 21st August and I'm still not in bed but hopefully I am prepared for the 10.15 Lausanne Triathlon! The Wetsuit and running clothes are packed, I've been on an entirely too short 5 minute test cycle of the new wheels. I'm about 1Kg lighter than Friday after not eating too much crap, come on Sunday.
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