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Aerospoke Mountain Wheelset

4.13/5 (24 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Proprietary composite formula molded into a one piece, hollow wheel body with airfoil shaped spokes.
  • Weight:
    Front - 1194g
    Rear - 1380g

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    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Chuck Bryan a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: August 24, 2015

    Strengths:    Unknown

    Weaknesses:    The company.

    Bottom Line:   
    The design of these wheels caught my attention years ago. I have broken many spokes on traditional wheels, and the idea of riding a wheel that makes this unlikely (but not impossible) appeals to me. In some reviews of the wheels, people have mentioned the lack of responsiveness from employees at Aerospoke, and there were recommendations for buying these wheels through a local bike shop (LBS.) That is what I did.

    I was told that the wheels might take two weeks to come in, and I fully realized that this was an estimate. At the end of the third week, having been reasonably patient, I emailed the bike shop to ask if they could find out how close to the ship date we had come. The next day, I was sent a replay stating that Aerospoke informed the shop that the wheels had shipped. I waited over two weeks before sending another update request.

    Well, at 5.5, almost 6 weeks, the wheels had not arrived, and I asked the people at the bike shop to cancel the order. I had been willing to wait for a reasonable amount of time; but, at this point, it appeared as though the people at that company were not being honest. If the wheels had been shipped, they should have arrived within one week, certainly not beyond two. I was informed later that someone at Aerospoke, probably not happy with a cancelled order, stated that the wheels had come off the production line, and were actually ready to ship at that point. Was this an attempt to retain the sale? Probably, yes. Was it an honest statement? Possibly, but I think probably not. This company has a very promising product, but the employees have abysmal business ethics; reprehensible ethics in general. The people at the LBS were great to work with through the entire process, so that was one positive thing in all this.

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    Favorite Trail:   Alafia in Tampa, FL.

    Duration Product Used:   Never!

    Purchased At:   Great bike shop - al

    Similar Products Used:   TAG FRX5.

    Bike Setup:   FrankenBike - 2005 Specialized Epic S-works frame (bought used;) Brahma II bar; SRAM XO drivetrain; Rockshox Sektor (reliable springs;) Avid BB7; Slow but reliable Clydesdale power source; and... 2015 Crank Brothers Iodine 2 Wheelset!

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Tom

    Date Reviewed: September 6, 2014

    Strengths:    Look nice...

    Weaknesses:    BEWARE... Don't support a business backed by poor customer support and bad practices. They sent me the wrong wheel set and screwed me for return shipping... Jerry assured me he'd send me a return label then went silent. My creditor said there's nothing they could do to force the merchant to provide return shipping and they couldn't help me until I returned the wheels. The creditor said many merchants know this and stall until the creditor dispute window expires. Then you're screwed...
    Thanks Jerry. YOU cost me $106 to ship wheels back that you acknowledged should have never been shipped to me in the first place.

    Bottom Line:   
    Not worth the risk of having to deal with their poor customer service

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Jerry Rotramel

    Date Reviewed: May 12, 2012

    Strengths:    Great for what I use them for, riding on the beach at low tide. I can splash around and don't have to worry about rusting or broken spokes ever again. Great wheels for superclydes like me.

    Weaknesses:    Ridiculously expensive. These mothers are heavy. You better learn to spin or these biatches will break your knees. The spokes flex more than they should and the bike feels a little squirrelly on the road. The spokes are hollow and there is a little debris in one of these, making a shoop-shoop hula hoop noise when slowly spinning in a quiet garage. Aerospoke sucks at delivery; they debited my card immediately but didn't ship for three months. Emails went unanswered. I finally had to threaten to contest the charge with my bank and report them to the BBB. First front wheel delivered was defective; there was debris in the hub and a skewer would not go through. Replacement came quickly, though. They blamed these problems on "overwhelming demand" and being out of stock, but I think they are having cash flow problems and are trying to use customer funds as long as possible. The wheels had date codes on them; my date codes predated my order. If you need these wheels for a specific use, like building a bullet proof beach cruiser, then go for it, but be prepared to fight for delivery.

    Bottom Line:   
    Wheels are great for specific uses like mine, but otherwise look elsewhere. Company is almost criminally deficient in delivery and customer service.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jeffandre a Cross Country Rider from Benicia, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: September 3, 2010

    Strengths:    Strong, excellent hubs, take a lot of abuse. Can replace them anytime for 150.00 no questions asked.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy, not for weight weenies, added 3 pounds to my bike when old Mavic's came off. Also may not be best for those that like to rip through bushes and other vegetation, carbon fiber can scratch.

    Bottom Line:   
    Stout wheel that can take a lot of abuse! I drop over 4 feet numerous times a day, hit rocks and roots at full speed, and jump everything I can that won't break my seatstays. Only blemishes so far are a deep scratch on the rear wheel from??? And also curbed the rear wheel extrememly hard with low tire pressure and dented it a bit, still rolls fairly true, will replace it next year for $150. Rear hub sounds like it is bulletproof.
    Next bike will be Intense Uzzi VP Stealth Black, wonder if I can try these wheels on it???

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    Favorite Trail:   Backyard

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic products.

    Bike Setup:   96 LTS-2, Reba Team 115mm, Risse Astro-5 shock, Aeropskoe Mountain wheels, Avid BB7 disc conversion, WTB Weirwolf's 2.5f, 2.3r.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by kooleddie13 a Weekend Warrior from new york

    Date Reviewed: August 3, 2009

    Strengths:    INDESTRUCTABLE

    Weaknesses:    WEAKNESS ?

    Bottom Line:   

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    Favorite Trail:   BUZZARD'S POINT

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   BAY RIDGE BICYCLE WO

    Similar Products Used:   SPIN WHEELS


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from Newyork

    Date Reviewed: July 27, 2005

    Strengths:    The wheels will give your bike a great look. They are compatible with both types of inner tubes

    Weaknesses:    They can cost alot. The wheels are abit heavy. I am reviewing the Wheels with disc hubs.

    Bottom Line:   
    The wheels are a great set of mag wheels. The spin wheels are great but they never made them with disc hubs. The wheels are heavy but yea I do notice a performance difference. The wheels are abit harder to spin up but when you get the wheels up to speed they will hold that speed longer than a spoke wheel. They make good training wheels if you want to build leg power and endurance. If you ride for a while with these wheels and then put on spoke wheels(say Mavic 223 wheels) you will fly. The power you develop from using these wheels is amazing. I don't ever do off-roading so I can't say they are bomb-proof.I just go up against some of the roadies. The wheels help. IF you want top speed and got the leg power get them. If not then stick to the spoke wheels. IF you got any other questions about the wheels email me.

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    Favorite Trail:   streets

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Purchased At:   Bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   2004 Trek fuel 70
    Changed color scheme to black,gray,carbon fiber
    Aerospoke mag wheels
    Syntace C2 Clipon Aerobar
    Easton Carbon Monkeylite rise bar
    Easton carbon seat post CT2
    Shimano 520 pedals(clipless)
    Specialized fatboy slicks 26X1.25
    SRAM 9speed Carbon fiber seat/carbon fiber stem

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Eric Goodenough a Cross Country Rider from Chandler

    Date Reviewed: April 27, 2005

    Strengths:    Durable, can use standard tube with no need for a valve extender and not to mention there just good looking.

    Weaknesses:    Need to regularly tighten nut that holds hub to wheel, need special tool from aerospoke or large channel locks to tighten nut.

    Bottom Line:   
    Have read the other issues with these wheels and yes they do flex, so you will need to allow some room with brake set up. The issue with the hubs is valid and you will need to make sure the nut that holds the hub onto the wheel is tight if not you will twist and mangle the hub (I know first hand). Fortunately Aerospoke replaced entire wheel for 150.00 plus shipping through bike shop.
    Bottom line is if your looking for a great cross country (not racing) / trail riding wheelset this is it, I am 6' tall and weigh 275lbs and have beat the crap out of these wheels for the last 4 years here in AZ and there still true which is more than I can say for Hed mtb rims & Mavic 230, 217 and 521 rims. Great quality and cool looking.

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    Favorite Trail:   Pemberton, McDowell Mtns

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   rear/Bike Masters, front/Rage

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic D521 rims w/XT hubs, and Hed carbon wrapped DH Rims w/bladed spokes and Ringle hubs.

    Bike Setup:   Set up on a 97 Voodoo Hoodoo hardtail with a Lawwill Leader front fork, Shimano XT shifters and deraileurs, Raceface headset and cranks and Magura rim brakes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by zooloo zoo a Cross Country Rider from emerald isle .n.c. u.s.a.

    Date Reviewed: February 27, 2005

    Bottom Line:   
    after 3 weeks of checking reviews i bought one! friken love it! chicks dig it! turns heads! if you want to go unnoticed as hillary clintons daughter then get steel spokes! then goofy plain spokes are so yesterday!!,,lol..plain spokes have been outdated since the full wrap cardigon or the maroon colored members only jackets!.!![ok so i gained a half pound! woopie doo!]just drop a nice bowl whinder before you ride!,,but the best thing besides looks that i like is sticks dont get stuck in my steel spokes and rip my dropout off! or tear my derailieur off.i do alot of my riding standing cranking 8 th gear! with the aerospokes the sticks just slide through or the aerospoke just karate chops them in half!everybody was kung-foo fighting!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $295.00

    Purchased At:   aero hq

    Bike Setup:   cannodale super v 1000 polished alunium carbon swing arm.carbon seat post ,carbon bars .carbon bar ends,carbon f.s.a. cranks.25 pounds full suspension made into a hard tail! and hard nose!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by coldcut a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA

    Date Reviewed: November 23, 2004

    Strengths:    These wheels look awesome!!! Very strong and can handle agressive riding with no problems.

    Weaknesses:    None so far.

    Bottom Line:   
    These wheels are sweet. Haven't experienced any of the problems listed in some other reviews. The weight is not an issue for me ( I just like to ride).

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   Aerospoke

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   97 Klein Mantra Frame with upgraded parts (too many to list).

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Switch a Cross Country Rider from Bronx, Ne York, USA

    Date Reviewed: December 1, 2003

    Strengths:    Never need truing. very nice looking. aerodynamic design. very easy to clean. durable spokes.

    Weaknesses:    the rear hub..... at the time of this review, I've had these wheels for one week, and the rear hub became inexplicably Jammed.

    Bottom Line:   
    As far as the weight issue is concerned, it doesn't affect me whatsoever. My only issue is the rear hub. I'm waiting for the replacement hub. I pray that this problem doesn't happen again, 'cause I love these wheels. They give my bike a special look and the fact that they dont need truing adds confidence everytime I'll hop on my bike. I like to see the looks on people's faces (especially kids!) when I ride by. If aerospoke shows good customer service, then this will be a worthwhile investment.

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    Favorite Trail:   Sprain Ridge Park

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   Castle Hill Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Spin Rims (Man, do I miss those wheels!!!)

    Bike Setup:   Fisher Sugar4+. Psylo fork, xtr crank, v-brakes, xt rear der., thomson seat post, Panaracer tires.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by nik j a Downhiller from NYC

    Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

    Strengths:    won't go out of true, as advertised. quality company stands behind them. they even absorb a bit of road buzz.

    Weaknesses:    very heavy (actually heavier then some downhill wheels!). flexiest wheelset I have ever experienced. had the same rear hub problem as poster below. wheels do not come standard with disc hubs, which must be ordered seperately a considerable cost.

    Bottom Line:   
    if you can't be bothered truing wheels, or learning how to true wheels, consider these- UNLESS you are into hucking your bike around ala downhill and/or urban. these wheels will not go out of true, but they do not inspire confidence in your bike. they flex more than i ever knew wheels could. these are not carbon fiber, they are plastic. they are disigned to bend a certain ammount so they won't shatter on impact. if you run rim brakes, these will rub them as you make even the smallest slow turns, and slap against them with a very disconcerting CRACK-ing sound when your wheels hit the ground after being in the air but a few inches. the rear hub is sloppy feeling and allows a good bit of peadal turn before engaging. power transfer is acceptable, but not the best. they are arerodynamic, but a gust of wind from the side will move you much more than on a normal spoked wheel.

    people seem to have the impression that these wheels are bombproof and suitable for downhill. they are not. while they won't come out of true, the aluminum braking surface is not anything special and WILL bend with impacts. when that happens the wheel will need to be replaced for $150. if you like to pound your bike, a mavic deemax wheelset is 1/2 pound lighter, only $100 more, and suitable for professional downhill racing. (and mavic quality) nuf said.

    the issue with the hubs is primarily caused by riding when the lucknut that secures the hubs to the spokes is loose. this will allow the hub to break very quickly (yes, this happened to me). so if you have these wheels be careful and check it every month or so.

    so after all this, downhillers and freeriders shouldn't get these, xc dudes shouldn't get these, nor should people who want high quality hubs.
    who should? people who ride a lot, don't jump things, and can't be bothered truing wheels.
    they are sturdy to a point, but have never inspired my confidence in my bike. this is unacceptable for a wheel this expensive. they're gone.

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    Favorite Trail:   the urban jungle

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   direct from aerospoke

    Similar Products Used:   nothing quite mag...

    Bike Setup:   Azonic DS1 dressed to the 9's

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Shawn Brandon a Weekend Warrior from Georgia

    Date Reviewed: May 13, 2003

    Strengths:    Never have to true, Wheel looks better then any other. Also the guys at Aerospoke are very easy to work with top notch. Plus no matter how old you wheel is you can upgrade to new one for $100.00. Also I wanted to mention that I have the disc adapter on mine and it works great. I run I bike shop and have been into Mtn. biking for 10 years and have never dealed with such A good group of guys. Thanks Aerospoke.

    Weaknesses:    No weaknesses so far. I feel after dealing with Aerospoke even if i did have A problem with the wheel they would take care of it.

    Bottom Line:   
    This wheel is not for everybody. If you count grams then forget about this wheel, because they are not the lightest. But If you are looking for A wheel that has to never be trued, looks cool and is super strong then this wheel is for you.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Lifetime Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Spin, Spinergy, and Hed.

    Bike Setup:   2003 Haro XLS works bike with full XT, Black Elite fork, and Aerospoke rear wheel. i will be purchasing the front Aerospoke soon.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andrew Kennedy a Weekend Warrior from Commerce Twp.

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2003

    Strengths:    Very stong wheel and quite lively. Strongest wheel I've used. The carbon/composite look is nice. Never had to true the wheel in over two years. People at Aerospoke are great to work with. Very friendly and give honest opinions.

    Weaknesses:    Other that weight, none! Weight is a silly issue since most riders I see can stand to lose a few lbs. Worst think about the wheels is that a lot of people borrow them and I end up riding on a crappy wheel quite often.

    Bottom Line:   
    These wheels are excellent and a great value (considering the durability and time savings from no having to true your wheels).

    The folks at Aerospoke are veternan riders who seem to be very helpful with questions, etc.

    I have recomended these wheels to everyone I ride with. Most have made the switch and are very satisfied.

    Happy riding!

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic. Save the money on a truing stand and buy these wheels.

    Bike Setup:   GT Pantera

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by zoom a Weekend Warrior from brooklyn

    Date Reviewed: September 27, 2002

    Strengths:    (I only have the rear wheel)
    very tough wheel, aerodynamic, flexes like a spoked wheel -feels lively, great customer service. (You get the best price for these directly from

    Weaknesses:    1) The Hubs - the hub/freewheel is poorly designed - the hubs get loose over time and you have to keep an eye on them or trouble ensues (this is on their website). The hubs are slow spinners with too much friction (if you have an aerospoke, lift up the rear wheel, spin the cranks backwards and watch the wheel start spinning along with the cranks). No one is going to win races on Aerospoke hubs.
    For $275 for just the rear wheel, one would expect maybe Swiss bearings? How about even Mavic quality? Aerospoke hubs are also very heavy - which accounts for the high weight of the wheels. My freewheel started skipping and the bearings started grinding in less than a year. To their credit, Aerospoke fixed the hub immediately at no cost to me, but really?! Even totally rebuilt, I can spin the wheel by turning the crank backwards. Just spinning the wheel forward you can feel the drag. And it's not like I can go out and put in a Mavic or XTR hub - they're design specific.

    2) WEIGHT - 1200 grams for a front wheel -come on! that's why I left my stock Bontrager on the front.

    Bottom Line:   
    The first thing to keep in mind is that Aerospokes are NOT Carbon Fiber - so if you're expecting that cool hand-laid carbon weave look, you'll be very disappointed. The truth is, Aerospokes are basically 5 spoke PLASTIC wheels - and they look it - dull, black plastic - not Hi-Tec like the Spin or Spinergy mags.
    But the Aerospoke engineers mixed the right kind of plastics together because the wheels feel lively and are nearly indestructable (I too have had sticks go through my wheel and the Aerospoke snapped them in two like they were nothing and just kept rolling along.)
    I totally toasted my Bontrager superstock rim, and the Aerospoke was a nice, if not expensive, replacement. You'll never have to true these things. But they're way too heavy for any serious climbing or racing - I wouldn't recommend them for fast, smooth xc work. But they're nearly perfect for Downhill, Freeride or very knarly, technical trails and Rock gardens (which we have here in the East). They're perfect for drops, jumps and stairs as well. They've just got to put better hubs in these things, then they'd be great.
    3 chilis for for the bad hubs and high price.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything without autos

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $275.00

    Purchased At:   aerospoke

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager

    Bike Setup:   Fisher Big Sur, XTR/XT, Avids, Thudbuster

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Marc a Cross Country Rider from Michigan

    Date Reviewed: April 28, 2002

    Strengths:    bombproof, solid and true, look awesome on my Kestrel

    Weaknesses:    *yawn* weaknesses? none..

    Bottom Line: we go. I love these wheels!! No more truing! No more thump, thump after jumping over a log. Ya buy em, throw tires on, stick em on yer bike and ya forget about them. Weight is not an important enough factor. I have no problems hanging with the best around here, hill or not. Besides, chicks dig strong thighs..Just ride..! Isnt that the point in the first place?

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    Favorite Trail:   ogemaw trails

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   direct

    Similar Products Used:   spin, rolf, mavic

    Bike Setup:   Kestrel CS-X, marzocchi Z-2's, LP composite bars, seat post and bar ends, hussevelt dh triple and sram 9.0 sl drive train.

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