Mavic Aksium Wheel - Clincher
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 theMP3 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
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Research out-of-stock versions:
- [rim] aluminum; [hub] aluminum
- Rim Depth:
- 21 mm
- Front Hub:
- Rear Hub:
- Spoke Nipple Material:
- Axle Type:
- [front] 9x100 mm; [rear] 10x130 mm
- Brake Compatibility:
- rim brake
- Front Weight:
- 800 g
- Rear Weight:
- 935 g
- Complete Set Weight:
- (claimed) 1735 g, (claimed) [with tires] 2425 g
- Recommended Use:
- cycling, training
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- 2 years