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Mavic Aksium - will I "fold them in half"?

Old 08-11-11, 04:05 AM
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Mavic Aksium - will I "fold them in half"?

Hi Guys,

I went into the LBS today to check out a Cannondale CAAD10 Ultegra. After being measured up as a 60cm the guy said at my weight I'd want to swap out the wheels for something sturdier...he said I'd "fold them in half in no time".

Don't get me wrong, I know I'm big. I'm 6ft 5 and 225...but a bike worth AUD$3000...shouldn't I be able to ride it without folding the wheels in half?

It comes with Mavic Aksium as standard. He was suggesting going up the Mavic line or changing to some eastern rims...

Advice, comments and suggestions welcome.

Thanks.
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Old 08-11-11, 04:25 AM
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I call bulli*****.

I think you will do fine with them.

Consider 25 width tires if stock are 23's.
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They are BOMB Proof I own them on my bike. They are not light or very aero but you will have zero problems.
If you do indeed have the cash upgrade. But I do not think they will be any problems.
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Thats BS. You'll LBS is trying to scam more money out of you. Try a new LBS.
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Mavic Wheels are indeed known for some significant strength, I would have to +1 on calling Bull**** there. While you may be a large cyclist you are nowhere near the end of the bell curve when it comes to size.
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Old 08-11-11, 05:19 AM
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they will be fine for you. if you like 'em, get 'em, but tell the salesman that he's not fooling anyone and you dont appreciated his trying to take you for a fool.
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They are wrong... I started riding my Mavic Aksiums when I weighted 268. Now I am 241lbs and they are doing fine.
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Dont reckon you'll have a problem though you are on the heavy side for low spoke count wheels - not particularly so though. FWIW I once took all the spokes out of one of those wheels when it was time to scrap it, laid it on the ground and rested one side on a brick before jumping and stamping on it with the sole intention of "folding it in half" literally, to fit it in a bin. It took about 6 or 7 jumps to even put a small buckle in it - incredibly strong even with no spokes !!!
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What everybody else here said.
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Old 08-11-11, 06:36 AM
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This is exactly why I buy exclusively online, fit myself to my own bike, and do all my own maintenance. I can't stand 9 out of 10 bike shop employees.
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Ask the salesman if upgrading the wheels comes with a free jar of Vaseline.
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Ask the salesman if upgrading the wheels comes with a free jar of Vaseline.
Vaseline is so 1970's. Nowadays a caring salesperson will provide KY gel.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I call bulli*****.

I think you will do fine with them.

Consider 25 width tires if stock are 23's.
What everyone else said and the tire size suggestion is worth repeating.
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What everyone else said.
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complete BS, I have those wheels on my bike, when I bought the bike I weighed 220 and we have some pretty damn rough roads around here (NE IL and SE WI), wheels spin true and have been nothing short of perfect.

eta - I have the oem 23 tires on mine as well
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I'm 4 inches shorter than you, but the same weight. My Aksiums have been fine for 1,500 miles, except for one broken spoke early on which had been damaged in a crash by the guy I bought them off. I rode the bike 12 miles with that broken spoke to catch a train home and the other spokes held up fine. Since I replaced the spoke there have been no further problems.
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BS on the LBS. What a schmuck! Take your business elsewhere...or are you posting here after the fact?
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I'm 6'5" 215 and almost bought the same bike but was fitted to a 63cm. I could probably fit on a 60cm CAAD10, but with a bigger saddle-bar drop...
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Moving "up" the Mavic prebuilt line will simply result in a wheel that isn't as strong. Ride the Aksiums. If you develop problems then move on to something more appropriate at your weight.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
What everybody else here said.
This.

I'm 5'11", 210 lbs and have about 3000 miles on the Aksiums that came stock on my Roubaix, and they've been fine.
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im 5'6", 250,000 lbs and i have raced them for over 120,000 earth miles and have only had to replace the rim tape once (for weight savings).



they really are sturdy wheels.
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Originally Posted by abstractform20 View Post
im 5'6", 250,000 lbs and i have raced them for over 120,000 earth miles and have only had to replace the rim tape once (for weight savings).


they really are sturdy wheels.
+1
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Originally Posted by abstractform20 View Post
im 5'6", 250,000 lbs and i have raced them for over 120,000 earth miles and have only had to replace the rim tape once (for weight savings).



they really are sturdy wheels.

You should really consider a new diet
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You should really consider a new diet
Naw, he just needs to quit smoking that really good **** and then posting.
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I started riding when I was 220 and my Aksiums are still true. I bought a new wheel set this past winter, but still use the mavins in bad or windy conditions. I have around 10k miles on the mavins and they are as true as the day I got them. (although I am now 35# lighter)
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