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Money often dictates what level of wheel we choose for our machines, and often the list of 'affordably-priced' wheels is more difficult to sift through than the 'high-end' wheels. Fortunately, the Mavic Aksium Wheels not only keeps the budget conscious satisfied, but maintains the quality and performance we've come to expect from Mavic wheels.

The Aksium rims are constructed from black anodized 6106 aluminum. As in the rest of their aluminum wheel line, Mavic uses UB Control technology to mill the braking surfaces of the rim. The result is improved brake friction and shudder-free stops in almost all weather conditions.

The Aksium wheels feature 20 (front and rear) bladed, straight-pull, steel spokes with brass nipples. Each spoke is equipped with Mavic's Self Lock technology that uses a special shape on the spoke end to make it impossible to loosen when it's on the thread. The design eliminates tension loss, and the wheels stay truer, longer.

The Aksium wheels aren't going to win any weight contests, but Mavic's early and broad dedication to aerodynamics compensates for the extra grams. The 21mm rim profile, low spoke count, and use of bladed stainless steel spokes manage to mitigate much of their beefiness.

The Aksium is substantially less expensive than the Kysrium Elite and Equipe thanks to a combination of small details. Rather than having FORE drilled rims and thread-in spoke grommets, the Aksium rim is a more traditional single-eyelet-style, with the spoke holes penetrating the outer wall of the rim And, while the Aksium uses the identical lightweight FTS-L steel freehub body as the Ksyrium Elite and SL wheels, its sealed bearing hubs lack the on-bike adjustability, although they are fully serviceable and adjustable otherwise.

The Mavic Aksium Wheels is available with white decals and Campagnolo or Shimano/SRAM-compatible freehub bodies. The front wheel weighs 800 grams and the rear 935 grams (total weight 1735 grams). The wheels come with Mavic aluminum quick-release skewers, rim tape, and the user guide.

This wheelset is part of Mavic's MP3 extended warranty program. The acronym stands for Mavic Product Protection Plan, and it provides you with two years of almost unlimited no-fault protection from Mavic. More details can be found on the MP3 website. Please note that MP3 coverage must be purchased within 5 days of the date that you receive your wheels. Contact one of our customer service representatives for the retailer and product codes that you'll need to register your wheels on the Mavic MP3 site. You'll also need the serial numbers that you'll find on your wheels. The cost for this coverage is approximately 8% of the retail cost of the wheels.

  • Contact area between the pawls and the hub body is reinforced with stainless steel which allows Mavic to use an all-aluminum hub body for reduced weight
  • Dual-sealed high-quality bearings with C3 tight tolerances for dirt-resistance and high efficiency
  • Mavic's Self-Lock spoke end system makes it impossible for spokes to loosen so the wheel needs to be trued less than wheels with conventional spokes
  • Hammer hardening strengthens the rim in the area where the spokes exert the greatest stress to add durability
  • Milled brake surfaces improve brake friction and eliminate shuddering

Tech Specs

[rim] aluminum, [hub] aluminum
Rim Depth:
24 mm
Front Hub:
Front Hub Type:
Rear Hub:
Rear Hub Type:
quick release
straight pull
Spoke Nipple Material:
Front Spoke Count:
20 radial
Rear Spoke Count:
20 radial non-drive side, 2-cross drive side
Axle Type:
[front] 9x100 mm, [rear] 10x130 mm
Brake Compatibility:
Rotor Compatibility:
Front Weight:
800 g
Rear Weight:
935 g
Complete Set Weight:
[claimed] 1735 g, [claimed w/ tires] 2425 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling and training
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Great Wheel..... Crap Tire

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Wow, what a seriously Great Wheel, that is paired with the WORST Tire. I bought a set and went for a ride. first puncture 1.3 miles in and what a nightmare, after 30 years, I have never had so much trouble. 20 minutes later, finally back on the bike and a nasty Wobble. Tire was seated properly, wheel was True, the actual tire is uneven with 3 - 5 mm differences in the sidewall. Tires now Retired and all I can say is "WHAT A GREAT WHEELSET"

I just bought a couple sets of these wheels...

I just bought a couple sets of these wheels and without thinking assumed I could slap a set on my gravel grinder/cx bike. What is the rim diameter and maximum clincher these will hold?

Best Answer

Null, according to Mavic, these wheels can accept a tire up to 32mm wide. They are standard diameter 700c road wheels. Shoot me an email with any other questions.

Avg. ride time: 3h 41m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Solid so far

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

For starters, the wheels came ready to ride. I added a cassette, filled them with air, and got them onto my bike--10 minutes from box to bike. I had a set of Mavic K10s previously on this bike (a significantly lighter, more expensive option), so these added considerable weight, but for everyday training, they have been fine. For the roads in Michigan, these are a cost conscious option.

Avg. ride time: 1h 6m per week
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Are these wheels 11sp Sram/ shimano...

Are these wheels 11sp Sram/ shimano compatible?

They are not compatible as shipped.

You can, however, purchase an M11 freehub to replace the M10 that this ships with to make these wheels work with an 11 spd setup.

Best Answer

YES, these will work with 10spd.

banp701040, Matt is mistaken on this one. Mavic shimano sram/ freehub M10 bodies can accept 9/10/11 speed without a swap- and thats what comes on these wheels. Just make sure to remove the 2.5 mm ring that slides off the freehub body first.

The ED11 freehub is for Campy only.


Great trainer wheel

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These wheels include tubes and tires. While Mavic has lighter offerings, these are great for day to day commuting and training punshment.

Avg. ride time: 1h 28m per week
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Good value for an everyday wheelset.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These Mavic Aksiums came with tubes and tires. Just install the cassette and you are ready to go. Although not lightweight by any means, for the price I think these are good wheels. Out of the box the wheels were not as true as I would've liked them to be. The front wheel was somewhat wobbly and the rear wheel was just OK.


Training Wheelset

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

As others on here have mentioned, the Mavic Aksium is a great training wheel set. Although no lightweight, the durability and quality of these wheels are noteworthy. Weighing in between 175 and 180, I had no problem with these wheels at all despite kicking them around a bit. They are perhaps the least expensive option for running the new 11-speed Shimano and SRAM drivetrains, since not many wheels in this price range are compatible just yet (that should change for '14).

UPDATE TO REVIEW NUMERO UNO; I just picked up another pair of these, and remembered how awesome they are. The black rims, spokes, and hub look awesome with the silver nipples, and The wheelset looks every bit the part of a product costing hundreds of dollars more. I removed the stickers for a more subtle look, but only before pausing because the graphics actually look pretty good. The bike this wheelset is going on is a 10 speed setup, but its nice knowing that I have the option to run it as 11 Shimano or SRAM 22 as well.

Item # MAV0355, Mavic Aksium wheelset...

Item # MAV0355, Mavic Aksium wheelset description states weights in Black, Pair/Shimano: 2,450g, and Red, Pair/Shimano: 1,820g. Is there really a weight difference for the colors, and why?

Best Answer

I think the tech department weighed one set with tires/tubes and one without 235g per tire and 80 gram per tube should be exactly the difference.


Great Wheelset

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This wheel set is amazing for its price. Though it isn't light, it does its job and much more. The spokes tension is high and seems to stay that way. If you're a heavier rider, you may want to look for something else. It only has 20 spokes for both the rear and the front and from what I know, bladed spokes are slightly worse than regular spokes in terms of distributing the weight load. The combination of only 20 bladed spokes in the rear may be not durable if you are over 160 pounds. It comes with tires and tubes so it was ready right out of the box. All in all, a great wheel set for the price

I have a set a Askium's that I use as training wheels on my road bike that are about three years old now. I'm 210 pounds and they are as straight and true as the day I bought them.

Hi, I have three simple questions about...


I have three simple questions about these wheels. 1) I am a heavy rider (230 lbs) and I would like to know if I can ride these wheels. 2) Are these 9-speed or 10-speed or both?

How about warranty period and do I deal with you or the manufacturer if there is any?


Best Answer

Jose, the shimano version is 9/10/11 speed compatible. Warranty is 1 year and can be handled through an Mavic Dealer but we are always happy to assist you here.


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.