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I am a big Mavic fan. I have a set of Ksyrium SL that are 10 years old and still going strong and true. I also have a set of Crossmax SLR's for my mountain bike. Anyway I was looking for a new bombproof set of wheels that had excellent braking. The Cosmic Carbone SLE really peaked my interest with the black Exalith braking surface. Initially the braking surface squeals horribly and embarassingly. I bought the Jagwire brakepad toe-in tool to help with with toe in. That made all the difference. Braking is so much better than standard aluminum rims and I suspect much better than a carbon braking surface. Some downsides. The spoke nipples are internal, water can get inside the carbon faring and can be difficult to get out. The design and aerodynamics are not the most modern, but are still good. Durability I suspect like most things mavic will be amazing. And they look really good, yes vanity played a big part in the decision to go with the SLE. The weight is also fairly competitive when compared to other carbon clincher wheelsets. I am happy with the purchase and would recommend this to someone looking for a true all purpose wheelset.

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I get pretty close to maxing out the strap on a 31.6 mm seat post, it only leaves me a couple of loops to work with. You can mount the light on the seat stays as well, just turn it upside down if you want the light perpendicular to the ground. Or like Don said, mount it to a saddle bag with a loop. You can also clip it to a back pack or a jersey pocket (not reccomended). You might also consider the Vis 360. It adds some weight to your helmet, but is a good way to see and be seen. It is easy enough to take off the helmet and store in your jersey pocket when you don't want to use it.

I have been riding with the Vis 180 most days while commuting since December 2010. It has been incredibly reliable for me in rain and snow. Often times I haven't had fenders on the bike to keep the road spray and mud away and still no issues. The seal for the USB plug port is really well done, much better than anything on a Garmin computer or other supposedly waterproof electronics. I'll bet I can get another 3 years at least out of this, maybe many more. You might actually consider getting the smaller light and motion tail light, since I think this one is sometimes too bright, especially when you have other cycllist's around.

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