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Mavic Aksium vs. Shimano 105

Old 01-11-08, 05:38 AM
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Mavic Aksium vs. Shimano 105

Just trying to get wheels for my new bike. My budget will allow me either of the above, with the Mavic's costing slightly more. Opinions on the above? Thanks.
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Old 01-11-08, 06:27 AM
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The Aksiums are a vastly superior wheel.
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Had a pair of Aksiums to replace a troublesome pair of Alex 300s that came on my old bike. Here are my observations:

- the two tires I used on those rims (both Hutchinson) were easily on/off with just hands (no tire-sticks required)
- probably 1000 trouble-free miles on those wheels - only flats were valve flats in the parking lot (something I still get when I forget to not jam the pump-head onto the valve - not the tire's fault)
- great wheels for the price - not the lightest option, but they served me well - they're on my trainer-bike these days, but they're sure to see some more roads this year

Have you considered the Performance Titan wheelset? It's probably a good $50+ cheaper (I think like $120/set last I looked) than the listed sets, and if I recall, lighter than the Aksiums by a good bit. My wife's bike has a set of these and they've been just fine. Only issue I've had was finding a wheel that is "easy" on/off that rim - Conti 4000s, Hutchinson Fusions = forget about it! Ended up with Pro Race2 which went on reasonably well with a nudge from the Pedro sticks.
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get 08 Aksium.
150g lighter than the old version.
great stuff for the price.
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Take a look at these.

https://www.xerowheel.com/prod.asp?btn=2&id=1&id2=21

I like mine so far. With only two months of base miles on them they are fine. At $205 plus shipping new on ebay and 1525g they were among the lightest wheels I could find in the price range. They had good reviews at roadbikereview.com and several other places I looked.
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Originally Posted by Flynko View Post
Take a look at these.

https://www.xerowheel.com/prod.asp?btn=2&id=1&id2=21

I like mine so far. With only two months of base miles on them they are fine. At $205 plus shipping new on ebay and 1525g they were among the lightest wheels I could find in the price range. They had good reviews at roadbikereview.com and several other places I looked.
Thanks for the tips folks. Much appreciated.

Just out of curiosity, what tires do you run on these wheels? I like the idea of being able to fit a tire without too much force.
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I have Shimano R550's with about 2000 miles on them and they have been flawless. No trueing or broken spokes. I'm 240lbs so not the easiest on them. Either way I'd say you can't go wrong.
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Mavic all the way, 1000%
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I've been riding '07 Aksiums for well over 2000 miles. Hands down the best wheel for under $300. Plus, Mavic's MP3 (only $18 extra) program offers a 2 year no questions asked warranty. I got in a wreck and bent a couple spokes. Mavic sent spokes the my local shop (not the shop where I bought the wheels) and the shop replaced the spokes for free.
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Originally Posted by penexpers View Post
Thanks for the tips folks. Much appreciated.

Just out of curiosity, what tires do you run on these wheels? I like the idea of being able to fit a tire without too much force.
I have Armidillos on them now but I will be putting Pro Race 2s on when I use them as race back-ups. Changing tires is not supper easy but is better than the Shimmano 550s that they replaced. I need to use tire levers.
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with this comparison, the Aksiums lead the Shim 105 by a mile. I have one and it wont disappoint!
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