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We’ve always got on really well with Mavic’s entry-level Aksium road wheels in the past but the front one of this set went way out of true on our fourth or fifth ride, leaving us scrabbling about on the roadside with a spoke key.
The 6106 aluminium rims are 24mm deep and they’ve been pinned and machined so you get good, smooth braking surfaces, and the spoke holes have eyelet reinforcement. The aluminium hub bodies house steel axles and smooth cartridge bearings – so there’s no bearing adjustment to worry about, you just replace them when they wear out. The sealing is okay – not amazing but pretty good – so they don’t start creaking after your first wet ride. You get 20 flat spokes front and rear, laced radially except on the driveside at the back where they’re two-cross.
Weighing in at 900g front and 1064g rear (plus 124g for the skewers), the Aksiums are a reasonable weight rather than incredibly light, but they’re pretty quick to pick up speed and climb and they don’t flex about too much at all when you get out of the saddle. We got a tiny amount of brake rub with these, but only when we set the blocks crazy-close to the rim and really chucked the bike about. It’s really not much of an issue.
With all the pairs of Aksiums we’ve ever ridden, the spoke tension out of the box has been spot on, and it generally stays reasonably consistent with just occasional tweaking. That’s why we were so surprised to see the front wheel of this set start swinging so wildly off kilter. We have to review what is in front of us though so that tensioning problem does knock our mark build quality mark - on what in every other respect are well built wheels. Ah well, these things happen, we suppose. It’s a 5min job if you know how to fix it and have the right tool in your pocket – a long walk home if you don’t.
Anyway, it’s been fine ever since and the back one has been perfectly well behaved, so we’re not going to be too hard on them. The Aksiums are still good all-rounders in a well-proven design, and very good value for money.
Solid all-rounders – a reasonable weight, generally good durability and decent bearings make these a sound buy
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Make and model: Mavic Aksium wheelset
Size tested: n/a
Did you enjoy using the product? This set: not as much as other Aksiums I've ridden
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? We've ridden so many sets that have been great, we'd say yes
Age: 36 Height: 184cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.