Alex Rims DP17 Disc Rim

2.48/5 (21 Reviews)


Product Description

Features

  • Low Profile disc rim
  • Stainless steel eyelets

    Tech Spec

  • Pin joint 32 or 36 holes, silver/black/powder coating W/SSE
  • 26"-470g, ERD 539.4mm, ETRTO 559X17mm


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Norman

    Date Reviewed: July 3, 2013

    Strengths:    Very cheap yet very good and very strong that i even use it on extreme jump trail and never gave me headache...I am using it for 7 yrs now with ave of 10Kms daily ride...

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Good looking and very lightweight rim.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by sam a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: December 2, 2012

    Strengths:    both held up okay after everyday riding offroad and on road.

    Weaknesses:    the front went untrue like a pizza

    Bottom Line:   
    i rode the balls of these for a year and the kind of survived - atleast the back did. that means trying to 180, casing jumps and trying to whip.... on my 4" travel hardtail. they seem ok since there cheap but im not sure if id trust them again since the front pizza'd on me.

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    Bike Setup:   giant xtc 4.5

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Lisa Cook

    Date Reviewed: October 11, 2012

    Strengths:    At least the front rim looks o.k.

    Weaknesses:    After 11,500 road miles in 1.5 yrs and a third truing, the rim has three sites where major cracks occur, two of the worst occur on each side of two eyelets where the eyelets themselves have pulled through. In addition there are hairline cracks on each side of 5 more eyelets. These occurred immediately after being trued.

    Bottom Line:   
    Perhaps I am naive in believing that after this type of mileage on my Navaro Safari that I should still have decent rims. For about 5 yrs ending 1.5 yrs ago I rode a cheap Schwinn Aluminum Comp mountain bike from Walmart in which I had to replace the aluminum rims because a bad batch of spokes out of Japan was used in the construction of the wheel. My local bicycle shop owner sold me a pair of cheap $25 ea. aluminum rims in which I rode with a rear panear about 30,000 mostly road miles within our county during that time. Also, consider that I maintain a weight of 150 lbs. With the exception of the sides worn from the break pad use, they held up surprisingly well. Supposedly the DP 17 with disc breaks that came with the bike is better, and yet I only have slightly more than 1/3 the mileage on these rims which were also ridden with the same panear. I can't tell you how disappointed I was to see the failure in a rim that was supposedly designed for mountain bike use, especially since I use this bike for the road. Imagine if I used these rims to pull a bike trailer across country. Needless to say, I will be upgrading to a rim that can take at least 8000 road miles miles a year with minimal truing required. Someday I will actually tour my bike and I want something strong, reliable and relatively maintenance free.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by paxy

    Date Reviewed: July 7, 2012

    Strengths:    Cheap

    Weaknesses:    Weak laterally

    Bottom Line:   
    I've got just over 200 miles on these rims. They've held up ok over some rough rides, although I've had to re-true once.

    Did a hard turn and stop going very slow and the front taco'ed. These are not strong enough for a 290 LB Clyde like myself. Looking at getting some Sun Rhyno Lites.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Overdrive a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2012

    Strengths:    Great wheels for money... after 7500kms, they run like first day.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    60% road use, 40% macadam, ruff gravel,dirt.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Henrik B a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: May 30, 2012

    Strengths:    Cheap and looking good.

    Weaknesses:    Not to strong

    Bottom Line:   
    They came on my Giant. Used them for 2 years of hard riding. Then they were done. Not bad for cheap chineese products.

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    Favorite Trail:   The white trail, DK


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by MeaCulpa a Cross Country Rider from Finland

    Date Reviewed: October 6, 2011

    Strengths:    Good rim for cheap money. Riden these for 2 years, even some harder rides, with no problems. Really good value for the money. Bike, Fully. Rider, 70 kg. Very good looks too, and a nice finish. Less problems with these hubs then my friends have had with hubs that cost 4 times so much as the wheelset!

    Weaknesses:    -

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good and priceworthy!

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    Favorite Trail:   Tahko

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic

    Bike Setup:   Fully, 140 mm

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by boomer88 a Weekend Warrior from Elma, Washington, U.S.A.

    Date Reviewed: April 19, 2011

    Strengths:    they work good enough to get you to a bike shop to buy better wheels

    Weaknesses:    this rim folded on a ride i was on at about 40 mph resulting in a shattered wrist which will need to have at least one surgery and screws and plates installed in me for the duration of my life.

    Bottom Line:   
    Change these immediately if you get these stock on the jamis dakota 09'. Do not purchase these because you might die.It is only an upgrade from the first wheel man ever invented. Always wear a helmet, it saved my life when the wheel failed me. if i could give these a negative rating I would.

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    Favorite Trail:   LTs trail in Sasebo Japan

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $849.00

    Purchased At:   JensonUSA

    Similar Products Used:   n/a

    Bike Setup:   jamis dakota comp 09'

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Nitrometal a Cross Country Rider from Lanham, MD, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010

    Strengths:    They're not bad looking. no catastrophic failures yet and they've taken some abuse (over a short amount of time)

    Weaknesses:    not holding true too well. front is somehow way out of true and it's only been 3 rides. rear gets smacked around but is hanging in there

    Bottom Line:   
    Having read the rest of these reviews I see i'm not alone with my experience in these rims. they really aren't too strong. i haven't folded them, which i'm very thankful for since thats pretty much the end of your ride (and potentially your face), but as stated above the front is VERY unhappy after less than 50 trail miles. i had Mavic X223's on my previous bike and i hammered the piss out of them for roughly 6 years before they really came out of true. this is no exageration. Mavic makes a dynomite rim! these DP17's...i'm pretty sure they'll be looking more like a bow-tie than a hoop by the end of this season. 2-chilies value for coming on my bike. 2-over-all because they're hinting to a failure before actually failing...eventhough i know the failure is looming.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ralph Stover PA

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   came on bike

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic X223 dics

    Bike Setup:   EWR frame, SRAM X7-X9 drive, Avid Juicy 3 Brakes, Rock Shox Recon fork

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by stoviber a Weekend Warrior from Falkirk

    Date Reviewed: March 1, 2010

    Strengths:    The rim is almost a perfect circle when you first purchase it

    Weaknesses:    They're not too tough

    Bottom Line:   
    I was out in the snow at the weekend with a mate and lost control coming down a trail with around 2 inches of snow, jack-knifed into the mud and wheel folded, wheel is now ruined. Replacing with a decent mavic rim / shimano hub. I know bike is not the most expensive Specialized money can buy but I can buy a much better mavic rim for £25.

    I'd understand it if it had bent under more force but it really was an insignificant amount of pressure, and I wouldn't say I was doing anything mad.

    As a commuter wheel it's sufficient, anything else - upgrade to something decent.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   n/a

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper SL 2010 purchased about 4 months back

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by davidf6464 a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Aust

    Date Reviewed: January 14, 2010

    Strengths:    Struggling to find any. Stickers look nice & cheap.

    Weaknesses:    Flimsy and fairly heavy.

    Bottom Line:   
    From day one, I have had no confidence riding down hill at speed. I basically only ride fire trails and a bit of single track, but nothing too heavy or technical, but this rim seems to flex all over the place. I suppose I got what I paid for, but never again.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $110.00

    Purchased At:   local shop

    Similar Products Used:   WTB speed disc. Can't recall others.

    Bike Setup:   GT i-drive 5 2.0 2006, mostly OE ,ie, Tuvativ Stylo cranks, Shimano XT gears, Majura Julie brakes, Fox Vanilla R forks, although have put on Fox RP2 rear shock.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Wirelas a Weekend Warrior from Copenhagen, Denmark

    Date Reviewed: September 14, 2009

    Strengths:    Looks good

    Weaknesses:    Bent on first trip on my brand new bike!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    They are probably ok if you ride it on the road but I thought I bought a mountain bike and apparently these rims are for trekking.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   WeBike - Roadshop Va

    Bike Setup:   Brand new Ghost SE 7000 Midseason (1500$)

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mr.Treeve a Cross Country Rider from UK

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2009

    Strengths:    Harder than fudge but not as tasty...

    Weaknesses:    Stainless eyelet has pulled through rim, and I only use it to ride to work!

    Bottom Line:   
    I use my Rockhopper for commuting to work, never taken it offroad.
    after 3 months of light use (3 days per week commuting, 15miles per day, on road, I'm 200lbs +kit bag), the spokes started popping every week (replaced broken spoke as soon as I got home). After 5 went I had full spoke re-build with DT Swiss by LBS, in comparison the Specialized supplied spokes appeared to be made from soft poo, not drawn out butted stainless steel like DT's finest wires.
    Now after 6 months of regular every day commuting (4-5days a week now and I off road with my full suss at weekends), the spokes are fine but a nipple has pulled through the Alex rim (thought I'd noticed a bit of a whip in the backend). The whip was consistent with a snapped spoke (experienced previously) but all were tensioned evenly, it was on this inspection that I noticed the bulging rim under the brand sticker.
    Proper DISAPPOINTING.
    How long would it have lasted if I used it off-road?
    Should've bought a 3speed sturmy archer...

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    Favorite Trail:   Southdowns / Wales

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   wheeliesdirect C2W s

    Similar Products Used:   Spesh Stout Hubs/Mavic 117's . Hope3 Hubs/DT Swiss 4.2D/DT Swiss SP's

    Bike Setup:   2008 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc (these wheels), 2004 Specialized Enduro (custom built everything)

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Anon a Cross Country Rider from UK

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2009

    Strengths:    A bit stronger than fudge, but not as tasty...

    Weaknesses:    Hard to tell as the whole Specialized hub, spoke build, Alex rim package is disgustingly rubbish!

    Bottom Line:   
    I use my Rockhopper for commuting to work, never taken it offroad.
    after 3 months of light use (3 days per week commuting, 15miles per day, on road, I'm 200lbs +kit bag), the spokes started popping every week (replaced broken spoke as soon as I got home). After 5 went I had full spoke re-build with DT Swiss by LBS, in comparison the Specialized supplied spokes appeared to be made from soft poo, not drawn out butted stainless steel like DT's finest wires.
    Now after 6 months of regular every day commuting (4-5days a week now and I off road with my full suss at weekends), the spokes are fine but a nipple has pulled through the Alex rim (thought I'd noticed a bit of a whip in the backend). The whip was consistent with a snapped spoke (experienced previously) but all were tensioned evenly, it was on this inspection that I noticed the bulging rim under the brand sticker.
    Proper DISAPPOINTING.
    How long would it have lasted if I used it off-road?
    Should've bought a sturmy archer...

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   wheelies direct

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic X117 on Spesh Stout hubs, Hope3/DT Swiss 4.2D/SP DT Swiss spokes,

    Bike Setup:   Bog standard Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc (these wheels)
    2004 Enduro, other wheels

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Robotdancer a Cross Country Rider from Yorkshire, UK

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2009

    Strengths:    Cheap cheerfull, plenty strong enough and they roll!

    Weaknesses:    weight, not the most cutting edge kit

    Bottom Line:   
    As previously stated, can't see why some people have a downer on this product. It's a good solid (and good looking) smart money product. I've run these on my XC hardtail on the Yorkshire dales and VTT runs in the alps with no problems. Of course if you downhill them or start using them in the terrain park you're gonna come unstuck... but hey if you're dumb enough to do that you probably won't read this... So in short: Smart, simple, well enough made, not the most cutting edge but good value.

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    Favorite Trail:   Any VTT trail in Chamonix

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Stock with bike

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT 755

    Bike Setup:   GT Hardtail, Rockshox Tora forks, Easton EC 90 Monkeylite bars, Shimano Deore XT running, Tektro Disc Brakes.

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