Monday, June 17, 2013

Gear Review: Mavic Aksium Clinchers by Steve Fangman

Mavic Aksium wheelset - clincher

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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.  Foxtrot Wheel & Edge 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.

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