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Old 02-28-16, 01:19 PM
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Is the wheel set an upgrade?

I am looking at buying a used Mavic Aksium wheelset for $40 to replace the stock wheelset on my Giant Escape 1. The Giant wheelset has two riding seasons on them and may need to have the bearings replaced and repacked. That is/was going to be a spring project for me. Will the Mavics be a good upgrade? According to the seller, all true and fully functional. What do you guys think?
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I had the Aksiums on my CAAD, I did not like at all how they spun up and sold it on CL for 150 bucks. For 40 bucks I am really questioning how well kept they are. If you're looking for performance and value I would look at Easton rims. I have them on both my bikes and love it.
But if you must have Mavic get at least the Ksyrium line. I do think Mavics are overrated but many people like them and are very popular. They have the weirdest names for wheels.
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Old 02-28-16, 04:40 PM
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I am looking at buying a used Mavic Aksium wheelset for $40 to replace the stock wheelset on my Giant Escape 1. The Giant wheelset has two riding seasons on them and may need to have the bearings replaced and repacked. That is/was going to be a spring project for me. Will the Mavics be a good upgrade? According to the seller, all true and fully functional. What do you guys think?
I would discuss the OEM wheel problem with Giant. Perhaps there is a warranty or they can replace out of courtesy.
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Are they defective or you just dont like them? what do you have against a Hand built spoked wheel made by someone
instead of a factory in France (or Viet Nam for all I Know).

A good quality 32 or 36 spoke Shimano Hub wheel will be serviceable reliable, and parts will be easy to find .

bearing balls are cheap and so Is the grease why replace rather than Just do the service?
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from what little i know, the single biggest upgrade and performance booster is the wheelset. very few bikes come with a decent wheelset. as of this moment the only bike that has all one needs and is good to go, including a decent wheelset is the motobecane grand record, from bikesdirect. it comes with a set of mavic wheels.
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I looked at the wheels and decided to pass. The rims were too narrow and I don't think I could have adjusted my brakes enough to accommodate it. I had an extra set of wheels on my cross bike that had the same rim width and I couldn't get them to work. I keep hearing that wheels make a big difference so for $40 I figured I'd give them a look. There's nothing really wrong with the wheels I have. They have about 2,000 miles on them so it might be a good idea to service the hubs.
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I looked at the wheels and decided to pass. The rims were too narrow and I don't think I could have adjusted my brakes enough to accommodate it. I had an extra set of wheels on my cross bike that had the same rim width and I couldn't get them to work. I keep hearing that wheels make a big difference so for $40 I figured I'd give them a look. There's nothing really wrong with the wheels I have. They have about 2,000 miles on them so it might be a good idea to service the hubs.
Road wheels are 130mm spacing and as you discovered, have narrower rims. You need 135mm and rim width to match your tire width.

I would rate the aksiums as a bit better (lighter) than low end oem wheels but below in durability to an equivalently priced shimano hub/db spokes/nice rim setup and equal in weight
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