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xfimpg 05-19-09 04:40 PM

Would you recommend Mavic Aksium's for a 200-pounder?
 
Hi
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?
:)

DieselDan 05-19-09 04:41 PM

Just 200 pounds? That's all? No problem rasta.

xfimpg 05-19-09 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by DieselDan (Post 8948066)
Just 200 pounds? That's all? No problem rasta.

Thanks DD. :thumb:
I made a poll... couldn't help myself to have some fun with this even though it's a serious concern to me.

sojourn 05-19-09 04:55 PM

Freaken LIGHTWEIGHTS :notamused:.......sorry.........just a little jealous.........

xfimpg 05-19-09 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by sojourn (Post 8948141)
Freaken LIGHTWEIGHTS :notamused:.......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

theetruscan 05-19-09 05:21 PM

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.

xfimpg 05-19-09 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by theetruscan (Post 8948257)
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.

Mr. Beanz 05-20-09 03:00 AM

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.:D

socalrider 05-20-09 03:14 AM

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..

gus69 05-20-09 04:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz (Post 8950522)
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.:D

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.

Gus

Mazaev 05-20-09 05:09 AM

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.

lambo_vt 05-20-09 06:35 AM

Absolutely. I haven't heard much if anything about people having trouble with Aksiums.

Wogster 05-20-09 07:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by socalrider (Post 8950538)
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 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.

xfimpg 05-20-09 04:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz (Post 8950522)
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.:D

If I get them, for sure I'll update!

xfimpg 05-20-09 07:54 PM

Thanks everyone for your votes! :thumb:

DieselDan 05-21-09 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz (Post 8950522)
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.:D

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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