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In 2008 I found a 2007 Scott CR1 Team with full Shimano 105 on sale at half off at a ski shop in Bozeman.  It was my size and the ride was great so I bought it.  It came with Mavic Aksium wheels which don't have a great reputation for durability or reliability and they're kinda heavy.  Despite their reputation I have probably 5-6,000 miles on them and they're never needed to be trued, but last September while riding the Coeur de Fondo in Coeur d'Alene, ID the front hub started shrieking about 30-35 miles from the finish, on a downhill section as I was approaching 40mph.  I slowed down and the noise stopped only to repeat itself four more times on long downhills when I got over 30-35mph.  I managed to finish and had the hub rebuilt.  I guess it must have sustained too much damage because Sunday it started screaming on a descent when I was only doing 24mph and wouldn't stop until I was down to about 10mph.  My wife was with me and could hear it from about 1/4 mile away.  When I finally caught up with her at the car, she said, "I think you need new wheels." yahoo.gif  She probably said that because she just bought a Specialized Ruby the day before.  So now I'm eagerly waiting on the shipping notice for my Rol Volant wheelset and their lead time right now is about 5 days.  I could have purchased another Aksium wheelset but decided against it since replacement spokes are hard to come by and their reputation, plus the new wheels are about 40% lighter.  I have a new KMC chain to install on the bike too while I have it apart and may even replace the cassette. We're heading to Oregon in mid-May for our son's graduation and will taking our bikes so I can test them on the Oregon coast and on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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I finally got my new wheels on Friday.  Rol was backed up in production.  These are very nice wheels.  It took my three tries to get the rear wheel correct.  The first time I didn't notice the spacers between the hub and the largest cog so it wouldn't freewheel.  So I took it all apart, put the spacers in, then the cassette but there wasn't room for the lockring.  So I had to start over once again, this time only using the thinner of the two spacers and that was just right.  I took them out for a short test ride yesterday and they're very smooth and quiet.  I get to take it apart one more time when my new cassette arrives and then I'll also replaced the chain.  I decided to give myself a little extra help on the climbs so I'm replacing the 11-23 with a 12-27.  The 12-27 would have made the Category 2 climb in the Coeur de Fondo a bit easier last year and will make it easier this year.

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Big warning about the Oregon Coast. It has absolutely lovely scenery and some great stretches to ride. On the other hand it has sand and that sand can be very invasive and damaging, especially around the dunes area between Florence and Coos Bay. I've trashed a couple rear derailleurs and a shifter on the coast......I used to live 90 minutes from it. If you stick to pavement that is fairly clean you should be fine. Resist the temptation to ride off-beat paths down to the beach.


Edited by Rio - 4/30/13 at 10:48am
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I grew up on the Gold Coastrolleyes.gif it gets into everything.............

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Unfortunately, we're only going to spend two nights on the coast, at Oceanside and I don't recall any dunes around that area.  But, I don't plan to ride my road bike in sand, I have enough trouble riding my 29r in sand near the Yellowstone River.  Most of our riding on this trip will be on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, around Hood River and Silverton, OR.

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Three years ago, I bought Mavik Aksium's and the black spoke finish is breaking down resulting in much rust, so the wheelset is now retired. Part  of the issue is they spend a lot of time near the Atlantic Ocean and salt air is corrosive. They were supposed to be stainless, go figure.

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I have something like a season and a half on a set of Neuvations.These are well known as acceptable wheels for cheapskates. Don't actually have tons of miles on them, as I'm not a hard core roadie, but they ride really nicely and have needed no hub tweaks and only the most minor true-ups. I think they were two hundred bucks for the set and imho they're a lot nicer than the ksyrium equipes, for example, at twice the price.
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Three years ago, I bought Mavik Aksium's and the black spoke finish is breaking down resulting in much rust, so the wheelset is now retired. Part  of the issue is they spend a lot of time near the Atlantic Ocean and salt air is corrosive. They were supposed to be stainless, go figure.

 

Not all varieties of stainless steel can withstand exposure to salt air or saltwater.  There are only a couple varieties that are used on higher end sailboat components and it isn't cheap.  I never had the black paint flake off on Aksiums but we don't have much salt air in Montana.biggrin.gif

 

And I completely forgot about Neuvation wheels.  I remember reading some good reports about them when I used to hang out at Road Bike Review.


Edited by mtcyclist - 5/8/13 at 9:05am
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I have something like a season and a half on a set of Neuvations.These are well known as acceptable wheels for cheapskates. Don't actually have tons of miles on them, as I'm not a hard core roadie, but they ride really nicely and have needed no hub tweaks and only the most minor true-ups. I think they were two hundred bucks for the set and imho they're a lot nicer than the ksyrium equipes, for example, at twice the price.

 

Neuvations are my new wheelset, gifted to me by a fellow skier who upgraded to road tubeless. Helluvaskier is also a fan of Neuvation wheelsets. Qcanoe, Helluva and MTcyclist are much lighter than I, so I hope they hold up. My front derailluer also became a victim of living in a salt air environment. It was shifting very poorly, so I had it checked out at my LBS and it had to be replaced. My LBS in south NJ was destroyed by Super Storm Sandy, they just reopened. Very sad to see a bike shop with so little inventory, the owner took a big hit without flood insurance. He's been backloged due to all the underwater bikes needing repairs.

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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Three years ago, I bought Mavik Aksium's and the black spoke finish is breaking down resulting in much rust, so the wheelset is now retired. Part  of the issue is they spend a lot of time near the Atlantic Ocean and salt air is corrosive. They were supposed to be stainless, go figure.

 

 

are they damaged other wise?

 

I could care less about looks I ll buy them off of you..

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are they damaged other wise?

 

I could care less about looks I ll buy them off of you..

No damage and I'll be glad to gift them to you. Do you know how to ship wheels? 

 

Shoot me a PM.

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