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
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
This set came stock on my Cannondale Supersix road bike. I wasn't expecting much coming off of a set of Ksyrium SL's but I have been impressed so far. I have even hit a few potholes and I am still running true.
Strengths: Great training / entry level racing rim. Looks like a rim that costs twice the amount. Mine came with Mavic smooth rubber tires as a promotion from Mavic. They are very responsive in the high speed turns and feel very sturdy in the tight turns.
Weaknesses: I haven't seen one as of yet
I got these to replace 12 year old Rolf Vector rims. Very good quality from a top quality bicycle manufacture. I would suggest these to anyone that is looking for a decent rim at a reasonable price.
Easy to true
Weaknesses: maybe weight
I will not pretend to be a wheel expert, I'm a college student and my history of bikes & wheels is still fresh (even thought I've always been an avid cyclist)
The breaking power of these wheels surprised me (maybe my sram brakes play a role in that) but the breaking is smooth and linear while being strong.
Aero wise: they feel nice and fairly fast ( never rode full aero's but compared to a regular wheel (round spoke + more spokes) these feel fast
They are good for sprints but as I am only 140 my weight might reduce the flex.
I did hit a pot hole very hard in a fast group ride, both my tires were pinched flat. The wheels came out true as arrows.
Later that month I got hit by a car from behind (car must have been going at the very least 45mph) the back wheel was out of true. 2 weeks later when I was able to walk, I got a spoke wrench (black park tool) and trued it so fast! I was amazed how fast and easy it was to true (compared to any other wheel I trued/build)
I can't complain about these wheels. I am itching to get a lighter wheel set but I can't justify myself that anything is wrong with these.
I bought them used with more then 1500 from a bigger fella (6:3 or 4) and I have put probably almost 1000miles on them and besides the car hitting them they have been perfect
Picked up a CX bike off CL. There's a little play in the hubs. I understand that Mavic has a unique system where the hubs can be adjusted with the wheels installed, but they need a special tool. There are several tools available. Can anybody point me to the one for the Aksium wheelset? Thx.Read More »
I just purchased a 2013 Specialized Roubaix a few weeks ago and the bike came equipped with a Specialized OEM DT Swiss Axis 1.0 wheel set. According to this link from Specialized web site: [url=http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb/wheels/roval-training/dt-axis-10]Specialized Bicycle Components[/url ... Read More »
I'm currently riding a set Mavic Aksium Race wheels with 25mm tires and I'm considering upgrading to something a bit nicer. I'm intrigued by the new 23mm wide rims so I'm wondering if anyone can tell me, from experience if a23 wheels (24/28, radial/3x, double butted) would be a noticeable upgrade f ... Read More »
What are peoples thoughts on these wheels?
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.
I'm building up a 'cross bike for my 11 year old son, using a Scatto Junior frame from Europe. One idea I had was to take the Mavic Aksium Race wheels from my Focus road bike and put them on this 'cross bike, then get a newer/nicer/lighter set of whe ... Read More »