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Gear Review

2 5

Not good for Clydes (>200 lbs)

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a clyde and I have a bike which came with Mavic Aksium Race wheels. I rode them for 1,800 miles or so, and finally gave up on them because of broken spokes. To be fair, only one spoke broke, but I was just getting weary of fixing broken spokes on Mavic wheels in general. Long story short, I have done about 3,600 miles total on two sets of Mavics: Aksium Race and Equipes, which are not very different wheels (do your homework, you'll agree), and I just got tired of breaking spokes and paying my LBS to repair them. Now-a-days, I ride on some different wheels (Velocity Deep-Vs, with a higher spoke count), and I'm much happier. Clydes need strong wheels, and Mavic Wheels are designed for light French dudes, not well-fed Americans.