Mavic Aksium Wheels



kbone

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Does anyone have any information about the new Mavic Aksium wheels? I have searched around and can't find any good reviews. They seem pretty nice for $230. Thoughts?
 

kbone

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I read that these are the first Mavic wheels not to be made in France hence the high spec for such a low price. Can anyone confirm this?
 

vchu7105

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They seem to be on alot of $2000 bike price range. I hope they are good. I just bought a Tarmac Comp and will be BS if they get out of true. I guess for $2000 I expect more. Thats a 40+ inch HDTV!


kbone said:
Does anyone have any information about the new Mavic Aksium wheels? I have searched around and can't find any good reviews. They seem pretty nice for $230. Thoughts?
 

vchu7105

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They seem to be on alot of $2000 bike price range. I hope they are good. I just bought a Tarmac Comp and will be BS if they get out of true. I guess for $2000 I expect more. Thats a 40+ inch HDTV!


kbone said:
Does anyone have any information about the new Mavic Aksium wheels? I have searched around and can't find any good reviews. They seem pretty nice for $230. Thoughts?
 

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kbone said:
Does anyone have any information about the new Mavic Aksium wheels? I have searched around and can't find any good reviews. They seem pretty nice for $230. Thoughts?

Mavic Aksium wheels are the first wheelsets not made in France by Mavic. The rims are still made in France but are shipped to China for assembly. However, Mavic says the wheelbearings and patented FL-Body freehub design carry the same engineering and guarantee from them. They come in silver or black.

Mavic launched these alongside their newest range-topping Mavic Ksyrium ES because of numerous requests from bike manufacturers for a cheapper wheelset alternative to equipped bikes in the $1,500 range.

Estimated weight for the pair is about 2kgs.
 

kbone

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Thanks for the information. I have you ever ridden them and if so, how's the ride?
 

hd reynolds

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kbone said:
Thanks for the information. I have you ever ridden them and if so, how's the ride?

I have not ridden them. Also expect to pay around $250-270 for a pair.
 

kbone

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A LBS has them for $230 and for that price it seems like a great deal. I am going to check them out later today. I will post my thoughts after looking at them.
 

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vchu7105 said:
They seem to be on alot of $2000 bike price range. I hope they are good. I just bought a Tarmac Comp and will be BS if they get out of true. I guess for $2000 I expect more. Thats a 40+ inch HDTV![/QUOTE

I also bought a 2006 Tarmac Comp. LOVE THE BIKE. The Aksium's wheels I use as my training wheels. Have 1,100 miles on them with no problems. I am 6ft 3in 190 pounds. The wheels I use for road races and certain group rides our my Ksyrium SL. The red bike really goods cool with the Ksyrium's. Good Riding you will love your Tarmac.
 

kbone

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I bought a set of the Aksium wheels a few months back. I ended up paying $215 total.

I have ridden them about 500 miles so far and love them. They look great, the ride is fairly smooth and they have stayed in true even after riding on some rough roads.

I would recommend them to anyone considering them - especially for the price.
 

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frusso10 said:
vchu7105 said:
They seem to be on alot of $2000 bike price range. I hope they are good. I just bought a Tarmac Comp and will be BS if they get out of true. I guess for $2000 I expect more. Thats a 40+ inch HDTV![/QUOTE

I also bought a 2006 Tarmac Comp. LOVE THE BIKE. The Aksium's wheels I use as my training wheels. Have 1,100 miles on them with no problems. I am 6ft 3in 190 pounds. The wheels I use for road races and certain group rides our my Ksyrium SL. The red bike really goods cool with the Ksyrium's. Good Riding you will love your Tarmac.
I'm getting a new Tarmac, too. What size do you ride? Do you have a picture of it? I'm getting a 61, and still, haven't seen the frame!
 

BikingBrian

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The Aksium look good for the money. However, just to add another perspective/play "devil's advocate":

For the same amount of money you can get a decent set of handbuilt wheels which may last longer and will be easier to repair should anything go wrong.
The Aksiums, like almost all Mavic wheels, are radially laced in the front, as well as having straight-pull spokes in the rear; making repairs and spoke replacement a possible concern. Something to think about.
 

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BikingBrian said:
The Aksium look good for the money. However, just to add another perspective/play "devil's advocate":

For the same amount of money you can get a decent set of handbuilt wheels which may last longer and will be easier to repair should anything go wrong.
The Aksiums, like almost all Mavic wheels, are radially laced in the front, as well as having straight-pull spokes in the rear; making repairs and spoke replacement a possible concern. Something to think about.
I wouldn't worry too much about repairs. The spokes are standard, and the count is high enough that the tension should be too bad. Of course for the same money you can get a hand built Ultegra/Open Pro set and come out 400 grams lighter.
 

531Aussie

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there's a set of Mavics that sell down here called "Race", which are also described as an entry level wheel-set, and I dunno why I can't find them on any of the Mavic sites -- I suppose it means they're very new or very old. I'm guessing they're similar o the Aksiums.

Anyway, I took a new wheel I'm building -- a front Mavic CXP33 with an Ultegra hub and 32 DT Revolutions -- to a local shop to check my spoke tension, and I could believe how HEAVY the Mavic Race front wheel was compared to my CXP33. Granted, the DT Revolutions are very light spokes, but still.....

So, watch the weight of some o' them cheaper Mavics.:) Weight ain't everything, but why have a 2kg+ wheelset when you don't have to?

My front cxp33 is 830g with the skewer.
 

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531Aussie said:
So, watch the weight of some o' them cheaper Mavics.:) Weight ain't everything, but why have a 2kg+ wheelset when you don't have to?

My front cxp33 is 830g with the skewer.
It's not just Mavic. It doesn't seem possible for anyone to manufacture a wheel in that price range that's competitive with hand builts in any aspect but aesthetics.
 

kbone

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I won't argue the point about handbuilt wheels being better (they are) but I will say that I like the look of the Aksium wheels a bit better than the Open Pro/Ultegra wheels.

Regarding the "Race" wheels... the Aksium is know as the Aksium Race and therefore is the same wheelset.
 

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kbone said:
I won't argue the point about handbuilt wheels being better (they are) but I will say that I like the look of the Aksium wheels a bit better than the Open Pro/Ultegra wheels..
I assume most of the Mavic prebuilts would have some aero advantage with less (and bladed) spokes


kbone said:
Regarding the "Race" wheels... the Aksium is know as the Aksium Race and therefore is the same wheelset.
oh, in that case, i'd guess that the one I picked up is heavier than the Mavic site claims, which is 920g. My CXP33 with the Revolutions is 830g with the Ultegra skewer, and without rim tape, and the Aksium felt much more than 90g more

All the Mavic prebuilts on Weight Weenies are slightly heavier than advertised:
http://weightweenies.starbike.com/listings/components.php?type=roadwheels
 

kbone

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I must admit that my primary criteria for picking the Aksium was price and looks. Weight hasn't factored into it seeing as how I could stand to loose 20 lbs which will have a much bigger impact than a couple hundred grams of wheel weight :)
 

531Aussie

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Crikey!! $420 US for some Ksyrium Elite 2s!!!

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=W1003

You've gotta be tempted by that!! :)

I agree that weight isn't all that important (don't get me started on the bloody rotational mass bollocks), but for a cupla hundred bucks more (that's what we call "price creep" :)), you'll drop ~400g!! Aerodynamics and stiffness are more important, unless you're climbing mountains; it just that it bugs me that Mavic advertise a "1980g wheelset", which could well be over 2100g. I reckon one benefit of these sexy Mavic prebuilts is a big drop in weight over standard rims, and the Aksiums don't give you that.