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discoattheprom 08-08-10 08:05 PM

Wheel set question: Mavic Aksium vs. Forte Apollo
Debating between picking up either set. The Apollo's run for $260 a set, Aksium's $250.

Has anyone had experience with either? Wasn't able to find too much about about the Apollo's, since I think they're still relatively new.

ptle 08-08-10 10:59 PM

There was a recent thread about the Apollos somewhere. If it were up to me, I'd "gamble" and take the Apollos. They're lighter and deeper rimmed I think. And me, being light, I don't mind too much about how strong a wheel is. Although, I don't doubt that the Apollo is a durable wheelset.

discoattheprom 08-09-10 12:10 AM

I'm 165 lbs. Would that be a problem?

ptle 08-09-10 02:35 AM

I don't personally know. I'd have to do more research. I can tell that wheels with weight limits are usually somewhere around 185-200 pounds+, so you SHOULD be fine at 165, assuming the wheels are decent. They are 24/20 spoked wheels, while my Forte Titans are 20/16 spoked wheels. However, the rims are heavier, which may help with durability. On the other hand, the Apollos are 30mm which should help with durability over shallower rims like my 27mm Titans.

Ingleside 08-09-10 02:47 AM

I've been running Aksiums at 245 lbs for about 3 years without any problems. I check the spokes once in a while and have not had any problems with keeping the wheels true. I barley have to touch them. They only problem I have had with them is that I failed to maintain the free hub mechanism and a plaw got stuck and caused havoc while descending at 40 mph. It my fault and it could have been prevented with about 5 minutes of service and 5 drops of oil.

The only downside to them is the fact that they weigh in at about 1900 grams. They are heavy but have been rock solid.

Grasschopper 08-09-10 05:09 AM

The Aksiums are totally bulletproof and actually very aerodynamic (someone can post the test showing them beating many high end wheels in this regard)...but as posted above they are also a bit heavy. Don't know squat about the Apollos...probably just fine but my guess is less durable...but at your weight you don't need that as much as some of us. :(

discoattheprom 08-09-10 07:03 PM

What is a good price for a set of Aksium's?

intence 08-09-10 08:01 PM

Check eBay / Craigslist for Aksiums. They come stock on a lot of mid-range bikes, and so there's usually a lot of brand new sets for sale under $200. I believe the Apollo wheelset are rebadged Novatec Speedy v1s.

sinclac 08-10-10 10:35 PM

I bought a set of Forte Apollo 3 weeks ago and just returned them due to the fact they were cracking now i have Mavic Aksium's.

discoattheprom 08-15-10 01:26 PM

how/why did they start cracking? Was it from a crash, or just normal riding?

kayakdiver 08-15-10 02:25 PM

Aksiums are a pretty damn good training wheel that will hold up well to abuse. That being said... I paid $140 delivered from PBK on clearance. For that price they are great wheels... For $250? Would I feel the same?

sinclac 08-15-10 03:40 PM

Originally Posted by discoattheprom (Post 11292952)
how/why did they start cracking? Was it from a crash, or just normal riding?

Normal riding i didn't bounce off any curbs no crashes nothing. I'm just going to have to go with not very good wheels i sure can tell the difference between the Apollo and the Askiums the Askiums are much better wheels.

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