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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 10-21-10, 07:45 AM   #1
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Mavvic Askium Race Black for a Clyde

I am hoping to pick up my first road bike since high school this weekend. It has a Mavvic Askium Race Black wheel set. Being that it is a new bike and from an LBS who seems to be willing to work with me, I think I could make a change if necessary. I'm not looking for a performance upgrade, but strength and reliability...if I have to. If the Askiums are ok, I'd prefer not to spend more money unless for a few bucks there is a significantly better wheel set I should be looking at for someone my size.

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Old 10-21-10, 07:53 AM   #2
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My weight recently has been ranging from 225-230 lately, and my bike has the same wheelset on it. While I have broken a few spokes, it has a been a pretty good wheelset for me.
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I'm more like 240 lbs, and also have Mavic Aksiums on my bike (the most recent version, which is 20 spokes on both front and rear).

No issues so far (I've had the bike for 10 months), although when mashing the pedals pretty hard on a hill (in a lower gear) I sometimes hear a little bit of spoke noise (quiet ping?). But no broken spokes, and they have stayed very true (although one or two spokes needed a bit of tightening, right out of the box...).
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I have a rear aksium older model that is 24 spoke, has held up to 2k miles so far, no real issues.. Just have them check and make spokes are tensioned correctly and wheel should be fine..
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I bought a Sirrus in 2006 and after a few broken spokes I wanted to upgrade. The LBS suggested I goto the Mavic Askium Race wheel because it could hold the weight I was using for commuting and my weight. I am around 240 and carry up to 30# when I commute. I have not had a single spoke break since I have put them on.
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Like I posted in your thread in the other forum, I don't put much faith in stock low spoke count wheels. Some reviews post durability reports after a few month and 2000 miles. IME, problems don't present themselves closer to 3,000.

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My weight recently has been ranging from 225-230 lately, and my bike has the same wheelset on it. While I have broken a few spokes, it has a been a pretty good wheelset for me.

Good wheel? WOW! I'd hate to see your experince with a bad wheel!
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photojoe what is your weight?
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I am at 190 lbs and ride 2008 Mavic Aksium's silver on my Tomasso Aggraziato with approx. 4000 miles on them. NEVER had a problem what-so-ever. Tough training wheels although I would not recommend them for race day.
For that I would go with Kyrisum Elites or above.

I do ride baby bottom smooth roads but still, Aksiums are good. Upgraded from some Alex road cheapo stuff.
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Good wheel? WOW! I'd hate to see your experince with a bad wheel!
I broke 3 spokes during a ride that was on pretty rough roads, and after Mavic replaced the spokes and retensioned the wheel it has been fine.
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photojoe what is your weight?
Sorry, I didn't see the responses here sooner. Thank you for your input. I am 236. The bike I was after is an Orbea Onix with full SRAM Rival. I rode it, along with several others and just didn't like it. I can't explain it, but the ride was just not as nice as either the Giant Defy Advanced or Felt Z that I rode. My favorite so far has been the Defy Advanced 2 with full 105 and Aksiums. The Defy 3 with CXP22's and a 105 mix rode very differently, and I can explain how or why. I like the paint on the 2010 Defy 3 the best, so I would like to find a way to make it work. I'm hijacking my own thread! Nice! Anyway, maybe the different wheels can account for the different feel? I'm new enough back into this that I just don't know what I'm feeling and how to articulate it.
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