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R501 vs Aksium

Old 03-10-14, 01:44 PM
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R501 vs Aksium

current bike has Aksium's, bike I'm lookin to buy has Shimano R501's. is it worth it to swap wheelsets between the bikes??
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I had a girlfriend in college who drove an Escort and got into a fender bender with a girl driving a Chevette.
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I had a girlfriend in college who drove an Escort and got into a fender bender with a girl driving a Chevette.
Understood.
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Worth it...barely. Kinda depends on the age of the Aksiums (as they've dropped weight over the years). I think the Mavic hubs will spin a little nicer.
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
Worth it...barely. Kinda depends on the age of the Aksiums (as they've dropped weight over the years). I think the Mavic hubs will spin a little nicer.
the mavic's are 2011 models. they have been good wheels and still as true as the day I brought the bike home. realistically I'd like to be able to afford a set of aftermarket wheels, but that's not in the cards right now, I suspect it won't be worth the swap it if I plan to upgrade them in the future anyway.
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the mavic's are 2011 models. they have been good wheels and still as true as the day I brought the bike home. realistically I'd like to be able to afford a set of aftermarket wheels, but that's not in the cards right now, I suspect it won't be worth the swap it if I plan to upgrade them in the future anyway.
Why not? Pretty darn easy to swap. Also consider this in terms of long term, back-up potential: the Aksiums are 11-speed compatible.
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Aksiums are good wheels. What you want are the RS-81s for an upgrade.
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I would put the Aksiums on the nicer bike since they are a little lighter than the R501s. The swap is easy.
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How about negotiating for better wheels with the new bike as an exchange? That could make having the better wheels possible now at a reduced overall outlay.
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The aksiums are a bit lighter.
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Another vote for the aksiums.
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The aksiums are a bit lighter.
Well, on paper anyway.
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Aksiums are the only Mavic wheels I will pay money for.
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