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    Mavic Aksium Race wheels for Junior 'Cross Racing??

    I'm a Newbie here, but I've got a wheel question.
    I'm building up a 'cross bike for my 11 year old son, using a Scatto Junior frame from Europe. One idea I had was to take the Mavic Aksium Race wheels from my Focus road bike and put them on this 'cross bike, then get a newer/nicer/lighter set of wheels for my Focus.

    What do you think? Wills these wheels hold up to cross racing? My son is only ~100 lbs, and the cross races around SE Michigan are usually pretty smooth. Thoughts?

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    They will work fine.

    Beware, however, there will be a time when your son starts getting better equipment than you.



    Quote Originally Posted by reedgmi View Post
    I'm a Newbie here, but I've got a wheel question.
    I'm building up a 'cross bike for my 11 year old son, using a Scatto Junior frame from Europe. One idea I had was to take the Mavic Aksium Race wheels from my Focus road bike and put them on this 'cross bike, then get a newer/nicer/lighter set of wheels for my Focus.

    What do you think? Wills these wheels hold up to cross racing? My son is only ~100 lbs, and the cross races around SE Michigan are usually pretty smooth. Thoughts?
    "Pardon me, but could you help out a fellow American who's down on his luck?"

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    Yes aksiums are tanks, 200 pound weekend warriors ride them all the time with no problem.

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    I raced a set all season and could not for the love of god destroy them...I actually picked up 2 more sets for spares. I even ran a set of them @ Iron Cross this year. For a wheel that can be picked up on Craigslist for 150 bucks a set in near new condition I'll prolly continue running them for a long time.

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    I was half way through reading the last reply and my son said "DAD, Stop. Dad, Stop - those are my wheels now".

    Done deal - thanks for the advice.

    Now I can start shopping for a nice set of road wheels for myself ...

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    My 11 yr old raced on Zipp 404 tubulars last season; if you really love him, you'll get him good wheels.

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    Man, the stakes are high around here.
    I'm still in denial about the comment "Beware, however, there will be a time when your son starts getting better equipment than you"

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    not all of us are independently wealthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmt View Post
    My 11 yr old raced on Zipp 404 tubulars last season; if you really love him, you'll get him good wheels.
    What kind of father are you? If you loved him, you'd get him custom Lightweights.

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