Mavic Aksium Wheelset is efficient and reliable wheelset thanks to high-end features:
^140g lighter than the previous version
^QRM bearings, FTS-L freewheel, H2 spoke holes
^Straight pull spokes: stronger than J bent spokes.
^Weight: 1855 grams per p
Strengths: Durable bearings and freewheel. Good quality spokes and nipples. Stays true. Plenty of rim wall material.
Weaknesses: Dangerous rear hub failure / design flaw - (2008 model) - unpredictable breakdown that cannot be repaired.
Rode 5000 km on a pair without any problems. Then suddenly without any signs of extensive wear or corrosion, one of the spoke attachments on the drive side of the rear hub cracked leaving the wheel unrideable and beyond repair. It happened when accelerating during a climb. It seems the flange is under-dimensioned and that the somewhat tapered spoke "head" (straight pull spokes) generates an outward force on the outermost flange that ends up splitting the flange from the hub (the metal fatigues).
I can accept gradual wear over time and a need for truing and maintenance, but the hub structure should be designed to be the strongest part of a wheel.
I weight 75 kg.
Carbon wheels are not ALWAYS necessary. For example, I am 6-3 and in the 200lb range, and I can put out some power. My commutes to work are about 14 miles each way, and I try to ride 3-4 days per week. Carbon looks cool, but it is also REALLY expensive.
When I needed to get a new set of wheels, my favorite bike shop asked what I would be using them for. I told them about my commute, and what type of rider I was. Adrenalin Cycles in Littleton Colorado carries a number of brands, and the price ranges from inexpensive to the best money can buy. They recommended the Mavic Aksium set for my commuting bike. Since they were within my budget and came with their endorsement, I slapped a pair on. Here is what I have learned.
I have about 1000 miles on them, and have not had a single issue. My shop told me Mavic uses the same hub technology that they use in their high end wheels, so the hardware is proven by the most demanding cyclists. They are not the lightest wheels, which is fine with me. I am often lugging an extra 10lbs of laptop and other stuff, and I want a wheel I can rely on. I don’t have time for a mechanical delay in the morning. They spin up quickly, and I don’t notice much difference between these wheels and my other higher end wheels. The build quality is amazing, with nice graphics as well.
Overall, this is a solid wheelset and I recommend it for commuting and other touring.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: September 23, 2013
Strengths: Superb value-have tested a few wheels around this price point and overall these are the best I've ridden.When looking to custom build,my criteria were value/performance,reliability without sacrificing speed and no 'holes' in my setup-these wheels seem to fit the bill perfectly.I'm reasonably fit and fast for my 185 lbs or so-though have no pretensions to being an elite level rider.If one has the ability or need to facilitate a 2nd 'training' bike then these would be ideal.If one is looking for one of the best performing value wheels out there for sportives,club runs etc then I'd heartily recommend these.Peer pressure can be a lot in cycling these days with 'club' level riders like myself often being persuaded that they need to spend 1000s just to keep up.Aksiums will do a job!They will roll forever,are strong,brake well,handle responsively and accelerate well-with little flex.What's more I live in hilly South Wales where the road surfaces are generally poor-with plenty of loose gravel,road furniture,ruts etc and they've required little maintenance.For their price they are fairly aero and lighter than most while being rigid yet a good ride.An added bonus is that they are one of the most readily available 'nearly new' wheelsets available on ebay-I paid £130 for mine (low mileage) and they have been faultless for the money.They also have sealed bearings which should be a benefit in terms of reliability.To top it off,my Aksium 'blacks' look good too!
Weaknesses: None.Have read some commenting that they are heavy-for their price point they are most certainly not!They are not the lightest or most aero wheel available obviously but then we are talking of an entirely different market and price range!
They are what they are and for their cost in my view they are damn good!
Bike Setup: Specialized custom spray Allez frame/carbon fork,Ritchey WCS stem,Deda RHM 2 bars,Sram Supercork tape,Shimano Ultegra shifters/train,105 brakes,Exustar pro pedals,Vittoria Rubino pro 3 tyres,Planet X superlight seatpost,Specialized Alias Ti 143 saddle,Mavic Aksium Race Black wheelset
Date Reviewed: January 9, 2013
Strengths: Color scheme and reliability
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I've been contemplating whether to upgrade to them?
Just wondering what peoples thoughts are? Or If there are alternatives in the same price range.
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I'm a Newbie here, but I've got a wheel question.
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