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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

View Poll Results: Would you recommend Mavic Aksium's for a 200-pounder?
Yes, have no fear brother and ride on! 15 75.00%
No, are you crazy?!?! 1 5.00%
Maybe, maybe not... roll the dice and see! 4 20.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-19-09, 04:40 PM   #1
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Would you recommend Mavic Aksium's for a 200-pounder?

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I'll be doing a lot of long-distance cycling (centuries and double-centuries) and most likely on my own, so I'm going to need a wheelset that I can trust to support my weight of 200 lbs. I need piece of mind.
And if a spoke goes, I can still make it to the local bike shop.

Clydes! What sayest you?
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Old 05-19-09, 04:41 PM   #2
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Just 200 pounds? That's all? No problem rasta.
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Old 05-19-09, 04:43 PM   #3
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Just 200 pounds? That's all? No problem rasta.
Thanks DD.
I made a poll... couldn't help myself to have some fun with this even though it's a serious concern to me.

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Old 05-19-09, 04:55 PM   #4
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Freaken LIGHTWEIGHTS .......sorry.........just a little jealous.........
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Old 05-19-09, 05:06 PM   #5
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Freaken LIGHTWEIGHTS .......sorry.........just a little jealous.........
lol
I ride with weight weenies, they consider me a heavyweight.
I ride with clydes, and they call me skinny.
Go figure. lol
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Old 05-19-09, 05:21 PM   #6
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I voted yes because they're dirt cheap, and tough as nails. If you can stretch the budget to Open Pro/Mavic handbuilts you'll get a nicer wheel. The POS Aksiums that came on my bike are showing no tension issues or anything after 2500 miles of urban potholey riding with me and a 20-30 pound bag.

EDIT: I outweigh you. My miles have all been with me between 225 and 210.
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Old 05-19-09, 05:27 PM   #7
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I voted yes because they're dirt cheap, and tough as nails. If you can stretch the budget to Open Pro/Mavic handbuilts you'll get a nicer wheel. The POS Aksiums that came on my bike are showing no tension issues or anything after 2500 miles of urban potholey riding with me and a 20-30 pound bag.

EDIT: I outweigh you. My miles have all been with me between 225 and 210.
Thanks for the info!
Budget is key, so probably a set of Aksiums.
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Old 05-20-09, 03:00 AM   #8
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I say no! I've seen too many 210-220 lb century riders tear up Mavic Ksyriums. Supposed to be super wheels for $800 but too many crack at the spoke holes. One double century rider thrashed 2 sets, my other bud thrashed one set and one of the redspoke version (on the first ride). Aksiums are lower quality thant the Ksyriums so I say no.

If you get them, give us a durabilty report after the 6 busiest months.
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Old 05-20-09, 03:14 AM   #9
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I say you get what you pay for, yeah they are cheap but everyone wants something that is durable.. I would much rather have a good wheelset where I do not even have to worry about finding a bike shop in case a spoke breaks..

I would look at a 28 or 32 hole deep dish wheelset, like the DT RR 1.2 or Deep V.. You could even go 28 front / 32 rear to save a little weight.. Use DT DB spokes with alloy nipples and you will be good to go..

The Deep V is the only wheel where I popped a spoke and the wheel was still solid for another 40 miles..
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I say no! I've seen too many 210-220 lb century riders tear up Mavic Ksyriums. Supposed to be super wheels for $800 but too many crack at the spoke holes. One double century rider thrashed 2 sets, my other bud thrashed one set and one of the redspoke version (on the first ride). Aksiums are lower quality thant the Ksyriums so I say no.

If you get them, give us a durabilty report after the 6 busiest months.
I' say go for it.
I've been riding Ksyrium for 10000 km now and I'm around 240 lbs, never had the slightest problem with them.

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I put about 10,000 miles on a set of Aksiums that came with my Tarmac. I was 220 - 190lbs during that time. Raced with them a few times. They're now on my commuter bike with a rack and panniers.. they transported a car battery attached to the rack for a while, and they're still kicking along just great! Had to true them only a couple times all this time, and even that was due to crashes and giant potholes.
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Absolutely. I haven't heard much if anything about people having trouble with Aksiums.
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I say you get what you pay for, yeah they are cheap but everyone wants something that is durable.. I would much rather have a good wheelset where I do not even have to worry about finding a bike shop in case a spoke breaks..

I would look at a 28 or 32 hole deep dish wheelset, like the DT RR 1.2 or Deep V.. You could even go 28 front / 32 rear to save a little weight.. Use DT DB spokes with alloy nipples and you will be good to go..

The Deep V is the only wheel where I popped a spoke and the wheel was still solid for another 40 miles..
What's the weight on a spoke, maybe 50g or so, so your saving 200g, less then ½ pound. While I think if you have a set of lower spoke count wheels, it's worth getting a good wheel builder to tension them properly, if you building a set, go bombproof. Saving 200g on wheels isn't critical when the "engine" is 100 times that above optimum weight.
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I say no! I've seen too many 210-220 lb century riders tear up Mavic Ksyriums. Supposed to be super wheels for $800 but too many crack at the spoke holes. One double century rider thrashed 2 sets, my other bud thrashed one set and one of the redspoke version (on the first ride). Aksiums are lower quality thant the Ksyriums so I say no.

If you get them, give us a durabilty report after the 6 busiest months.
If I get them, for sure I'll update!
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Thanks everyone for your votes!
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I say no! I've seen too many 210-220 lb century riders tear up Mavic Ksyriums. Supposed to be super wheels for $800 but too many crack at the spoke holes. One double century rider thrashed 2 sets, my other bud thrashed one set and one of the redspoke version (on the first ride). Aksiums are lower quality thant the Ksyriums so I say no.

If you get them, give us a durabilty report after the 6 busiest months.
An Aksium set runs about $300. The quality isn't lower, just the labor is cheaper as they are made in China, not France.
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