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    Fulcrum R5 vs. Aksium...here we go again

    I hate to start another "which is better" thread, so I apologize in advance.

    I basically have a choice of to bikes, one with Aksiums and the other with R5s. To me, the Aksium is more comparable to the R7, but is the R5 that much better?

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    I have 2 sets of aksiums, gf has a set too, no problems at all. Not the lightest wheels, but thats not why you are getting them right?

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    That is correct. I'm not going to racing on them (well not likely), I just want a good training wheel that won't crap out on me. I would be keen on the smoother rolling of the two if there's a big difference, otherwise the stronger of the two.

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    I have mavic ksyrium elites, they spin nice, and are very strong wheelset, I crashed with them, and nothing to the wheels. Did not had fulcrums wheelset, so dunno how are they, I thing I would go on mavic.

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    i have the R5's
    they where an upgrade from my stock wheels (alex 28's). Yes they saved me a bunch of weight (400-500grams) and they handle the rough roads i have well and have stayed true even with the odd pot hole hit.

    I'm not a good enough rider to notice a difference in speed or stiffness or even weight but they where a 1 year smoke free gift. I'll do one road race with them but its only a local fundrasier so they will probably be the best wheels on the course or one of them.

    We ordered them from ribble and got them for under $300 canadian....better than what i can get them for through staff deal from the distributor.

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    I cant speak for the R5's, but I do have the R4's. After over 2,500 miles, they are still true and smooth as ever....and I am 200lbs.

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