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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.

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Old 10-19-09, 06:07 PM   #1
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Mavic Axsium Wheels, Keep or Swap?

Hey Al,

I am a fit 210 road rider and my new bike came with these wheels. They are very heavy, 1800+ grams so initially I was looking into selling them for a lighter set of wheels. My question is whether at my weight I am going to have to spend a ton to get strong enough wheels that are much lighter than the Aksiums.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.

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Old 10-19-09, 06:19 PM   #2
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Most wheels will support 210 lbs. I check the manufacturer’s website if the spoke count is less than 32.

I would budget from $250 to $850 for good wheelsets that are extra strong. At the lower end of the price-range 32 spoke Mavic Open Pro Rims with Shimano 105 or Ultegra hubs are a good bet. I like "Stallion build" HED Bastogne sheels: http://www.hedcycling.com/wheels/bastogne_c2.asp
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Old 10-19-09, 06:23 PM   #3
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If they are the older aksiums with 24/28 spoke count you might keep them, if they are the 09 models with 20/20 spoke count I would re-sell..
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Old 10-19-09, 06:33 PM   #4
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I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you are over 200#, you don't need to worry about the weight of your wheels. In fact, unless you are in the best physical shape you can personally be, I wouldn't worry about the weight of your wheels. The only place you'll notice a difference is when you put your bike on a scale.

On our Tuesday night ride there is a guy that rides a 20 year old steel frame bike with fenders and 32 hole wheels. I think he has like 28 or 32 mm tires on it as well. He routinely beats the "fast" guys (on their 15# bikes with lightweight wheels) up the climbs.

The Aksiums are fine wheels. If you don't want them, sell them to me. I have one pair and would like to have another...
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I agree with Cosmo about the weight of the wheelset; not just for those of us over 200 pounds, either. Unless you're racing, I don't think there's a reason to go with an ultralight wheelset at the risk of strength/durability when a reasonably lightweight set can be built around a 28h rim.

28hDT RR1.1 = 415g; 830g/pair
28 DT Comp 2.0/1.8 (260mm w/nipples) = 162g; 324g/56
Dura Ace hubs = 254g(rear)/125g(front)
Total weight = 1533g
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I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you are over 200#, you don't need to worry about the weight of your wheels. In fact, unless you are in the best physical shape you can personally be, I wouldn't worry about the weight of your wheels.

The Aksiums are fine wheels. If you don't want them, sell them to me. I have one pair and would like to have another...
Good to hear you like the Aksiums. mine are the new 28/24 count wheels. I am in very good, but not race worthy shape. I was 175 when I was racing Ironman and am now at 210 from body building. Have maybe 2% more bodyfat than them but am still under 10%.
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Ride them until you break them. Then reward yourself.
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Old 10-20-09, 10:27 AM   #8
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Ride them until you break them. Then reward yourself.
+1 Ride them until they die, and then replace them with something stronger. You may only need to replace the rear rim too. No need to make it extra-complicated.
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It may be piling on but....
Get the wheels/spokes retensioned after a few hundred miles and ride 'em.
It may be a long time till they till they break.
Just my opinion.
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Old 10-20-09, 06:50 PM   #10
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This is what I do although it seems to attact heat around here. While you are thrashing, putting miles on the current wheel, find good sales on parts, build up the wheel so that when you have problems, you are already set with a new wheel, plan ahead!

I've picked up hubs, rims, anything that will ease the pain (price) when your wheel fails and you are in need!
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I'm 200+/- pounds and have almost 4000 miles on mine. Only problem I had was the bladed spokes kept turning. After a good truing at my LBS I have had no other problems
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I have 1200 miles on my Mavic Aksiums..and havent had to true the wheels once. And thats after hitting a huge pothole that I was sure broke something
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