Mavic Ksyrium Equipe Wheelset Review
The Ksyrium Equipe wheelset holds a curious place in the Mavic stable. Is it an upper-end training wheel? An entry level race wheel? Or just a mid-price all-rounder? The answer is, ‘yes’. The Equipe is a step up from the Aksium, and at $399 it’s not a lot more pricey. What do you get for the extra dollars? A little more stiffness, a slightly smoother roll, and a few improved components. You still get plenty of durability, and they look good, and they weigh a bit less than the Aksiums – but at 1770 grams, only a little bit less!
Since the Ksyrium Equipe wheelset didn’t weigh in much below the Aksium, I was interested to find out why I should spend the extra dollars for this wheelset. On the road, they rolled nicely, but I really noticed the weight. When it came time to climb though, the difference was apparent – this wheelset is definitely more responsive than the Aksium. On the descents, they stayed stable and secure, and even after a couple of potholes, when I got home they were still rolling true.
Calling the Ksyrium Equipe wheelset and entry level race wheel may be taking things a little too far, unless you are truly an entry level rider. These wheels simply aren’t light enough to roll you sweetly to the front of the peloton, but that’s not to say they don’t have their place. For a first season rider, they represent excellent value to get you to the start line. Where these wheels really find their home though is in long road rides – this wheelset is a perfect combination of lightness and durability for an epic randonne. If your training rides are really stepping up the mileage, you’ll appreciate the Mavic Ksyrium Equipe for getting you home smoothly, and if you are looking for a sturdy training wheelset with a little more class than the Aksiums, then the Ksyrium Equipe is for you.
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