Buy em if you want something really rigid, but remember to bring those extra spokes when you're at a huckfest. It took me half a season to brake the first spoke, but now despite expert trueing they brake every week. Then again, maybe my expert is a bozo and you're not 90kg heavy like me.
Bike Setup: Cove Peeler DH bike, Manitou Sherman fork, Maxxis Minion tyres.
a Cross Country Rider
from Santa Rosa Ca. USA
Date Reviewed: November 24, 2004
Strengths: The strengths of these wheels lies in the fact they are heavy and made for young bucks who like to fly off of stuff. These rims are overkill for me. I ride X- country and I keep my wheels on the ground.
Weaknesses: The looks. I was in the market for a wider rim (not taller)to upgrade my bike and I listened to the salesman tell me how tuff these wheels were. Word of caution, never (if You can) purchase somthing unless you can see it in person.The other weakness is that these rims DO NOT work well with V- brakes. the sides should be machined. The squeeling brakes is the main reason I am dumping These rims. On the trail I never had to yell on your left!
I couldnt say how much of a beating these rims could take, but what I can say is that they are heavy look well made and straight as a dime. If you have V- brakes Dont waste your money. I have considered having the side walls machined, but will probably sell them on E-bay and cut my losses.
a Weekend Warrior
from north wales uk
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2004
Strengths: looks are sharp.
Weaknesses: there not sun double wide.
well i actually owned the dhr as i heard they were atomlabs secret alloy [quote 3rd stronger than other rims] in the range, but there is no way these rims are strong, i have had loads of bikes and shed loads of rims in the past 2 years. the rear wheel was arond 3 weeks old i had just built the brooklyn and was keen to see what the dog was capable of so i did give it some stick but nothing that a mavic or a combat couldnt have handled. the bike weighs in at 55 ponds so maybe that helped destroy it but if u saw how miss landing an 18ft drop could cause such damage u would have laughed, and if u were an atomlab employee u would have lowered ur head in shame. the rims are ok for lighter weight riding but not for assault style riding. i am now back on sun d wide and wish i had never strayed from. oh yeah my local bike shop have hung it on the wall because its the biggest flat spot they ever saw. the flat spot was 7" long thats bad news atomlab, ur efforts must be doubled.
Similar Products Used: mavic 729,halo sas,halo oggy sas ,sun d track ,sun d wide, x lite phatso,mavic 517. halo combats.
Bike Setup: brooklyn machine works race link,monster t,03 profile shin burgers xtr setup sun double wide gazzaloddi 3s brooklyn bar and stem chris king h set, hope m4s
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2004
Strengths: It is strong in the sense it wont bend in half
Weaknesses: easy to flat sidewalls. within one week of riding in alps i had over 10 flat spots on the rim running 30+psi. I also had 10+ pinch flats in space of two weeks running these rims. Others i rode with ran same tyres and mavic rims and got maybe one flat over the same two week period. They crack where they are pinned together. Do not stay true for long
You will sturgle to snap these rims or make them fold, but the sidewalls are crap, they flat, they cause flat tyres, they crack where they are pinned together. go buy some mavic. Everyone i met in the alps agree with me, atomlab are not woth it. The aircorp hubs are pretty unreliable too.
Similar Products Used: mavic 321, 521, trail pimps
Bike Setup: 2004 medium v10, dorado dh, chris king, xtr, raceface, hope
from Dallas, TX, USA
Date Reviewed: April 28, 2004
Strengths: These look sweet! Pretty strong Not nearly as heavy as the Trail Pimps Extra wide for those of us who like fat tires Did I mention they're gorgeous?
Weaknesses: Not as strong as the DHR's or the Trail Pimps ('pimps are indestructable...) The sidewall conducts heat very poorly, resulting in melted brake shoes. If you ride rim brakes, get a pair of Sun Mammoths. A little bit heavy, flat spots are possible, but not probable as long as you don't totally over do it. I wouldn't drop them off of more than about 5 feet to flat.
These are great rims. If you want a little more out of this style wheel and don't mind spending a little more cash, go with the DHR's. They're very similar, but a lot stronger. I built a bike for a friend and put these on there. He had me ride it for a couple weeks to get any kinks worked out and I really enjoyed these rims.
They're fast and pretty tough, but if you're a total psycho, go with the TrailPimps. I weigh 135 and have jumped these repeatedly off of about 5' drops to flat cement and they've held up extremely well. In the month I rode them, they never came out of true. These are decent climbers -- you don't feel the weight too badly unless you're riding up a mountain. If you do urban assault, dirt jump, or other moderately aggressive riding, these are some really great rims.
If you're doing XC, these might be too heavy for you. If you use rim brakes, go with the Sun Mammoths; they have better surface area and maintain a cooler braking surface, so they don't eat your pads alive (if you ride Maguras like I do, you appreciate that, as pads are not cheap).
Favorite Trail: anything that points down or has air
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: go-ride
Similar Products Used: Sun Mammoth (new setup on the way -- thanks to unrealcycles.com), Araya 820 (the arayas were the biggest mistake of my life, but I was broke), Atomic DHR and Trailpimp, Planet X BFR, Halo Combat SAS
Bike Setup: Gack TrailMod, Manitou Dorado SC, Hadley 20mm front/SS rear hubs, Sun Mammoth Rims, IRC Kujo DH, Chris King NoThreadSet, Profile Pro Crankset, Profile XXL BMX Stem, Profile Imperial Chainring, Primo Super Tenderizer Pedals, Poverty Sofa Seat/Post, Magura HS-33 Brakes
Date Reviewed: April 7, 2004
Strengths: it pretty lookin and came with kool rim tape
Weaknesses: it folded
i think it is a good rim im kinda p o ed right now so im probly giving the rim less credit then it deserves its been through hell i hit a 21 foot drop 3 or 4 times on the bike and it held up but i had problems with the spokes several times on the back and i bent it all up today the front one is holding good so i think it was poor spoking im not gonna risk it tho and just spend the extra money and get a mag 30
Bike Setup: brand new devinci wilso all stock except im replacing the back rim now
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 20, 2004
Strengths: These are almost overkill for street/urban. Though as Hell. They can take anything beating that you can offer as long as you keep some air in you tubes. I have even head of DH's that have finished a whole DH-section with a flat tire, and the rims pulled it trough. The best looking rim out there.
Weaknesses: I can't find any weakness. Perhaps a bit heavy.
Buy this rims right now if you want a long lasting rim for anything but xc. Don't worry about the stickers, I have had mine for about 6-7 month, and they look like new.
Bike Setup: Brusier frame, Psylo fork, Aircorp 26" wheels, Deore M555 discs, Atomlab steam, Raceface bar, Raceface bashguard, Chaindog, Wellgo pedals, Intense tires, Nokian DH tubes, Tioga saddle...
a Weekend Warrior
from Lisbon, Portugal
Date Reviewed: December 20, 2003
Strengths: They just look the lot! Gives a stealth look to your bike! Do their work..(for a limited time
Weaknesses: The Atom labs slogan is tough as hell..I don't agree, I think that the seams should be welded becausa my rear aircorp ream just started to open there. The fron one staied true for 2 weeks, after a dirt jump crash it just turned untrue and impossible to completly fix it
if you are more like a 4x racer these are the rims for you!Light, enough tough for the job, but if your are more urban style and an hardtail pride maniac these are not your deal! Maybe the trailpimps are better, don´t know, never tried...
Similar Products Used: Mavics, ritchey, I'm turning to double tracks
Bike Setup: .243 racing, dj1 24-seven
from Whidbey Island, Washington
Date Reviewed: November 10, 2003
Strengths: Looks great when new, easy to mount tires.
Weaknesses: Weak material, non-welded seams
I was pretty disappointed with this rim, I liked the looks of it, and the Trailpimps on other bikes seem to hold (though they're just too heavy). I went with the 24" Aircorp on the back to save wieght, 'cause I couldn't get a 24" DHR. I'm running the 26" DHR up front, and it's much more impressive. The Aircorp's been on only 8 months, been to races, Whistler, Shore and it's beat!! There's five flat spots, and the seam is split on one side. I wouldn't go Aircorp again, but check the DHR...
Similar Products Used: Atom Lab DHR, Mavic 521, Sun Doublewide
Bike Setup: Subterranean DH, Shiver, Sram, Hope for hubs and brakes.
from beverly mass
Date Reviewed: April 21, 2003
Strengths: great weigth/strength ratio. looks ill. avail in both 26" or 24", rim brake or disk, price
Weaknesses: pinned, not welded like a rim should be.
great rim. it is really hard to rate a rim on its strength because SO MUCH OF A WHEEL'S STRENGTH IS IN THE BUILD. people saying their rims suck should be saying their wheel builder sucks...i have broken one of these rims but no matter what rim it was, it would have broken. my freind was 180'ing off this 2 foot wall and he got sloppy and didnt rotate enough and in a panick he instinctly grabbed a fistful of rear brake and landed sort of 140 degrees around back wheel first causing the wheel to taco. i got a new one so i am back and running with no problems.
Purchased At: www.unrealcycles.com and www.go-ride.com
Similar Products Used: owned- sun rhyno lite xl's, sun singlewide, d521
Bike Setup: sinister frame, '03 dj-1, profile, azonic, blackspire, shimano xt disks 6", atomic pedals, xtr, chris king, dh wheelset- 26" atomic DHR front and 24" atomic aircorp rear with irc kujo 2.35,, street wheelset- mavic d521 with hookworms, etc...
a Weekend Warrior
from Melbourne, Australia
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002
Strengths: looks tits, stiff as hell, not retartedly expensive (but not real cheap either), fairly strong
Weaknesses: it's not THAT strong.... i have the 24" version, and after 3 weeks of riding, it's pretty banged up. it has several flatspots and a buckle, and it's already been trued/retensioned once. yes, i make sure it has proper tension all the time.
my aircorp rim wasn't quite what i'd hoped. i've *only* been dirtjumping it, and i do pretty small jumps (10ft or so gaps) and i haven't ever cased them THAT hard that they should be this whacked. they're still very much rideable, but i don't see them lasting much longer unfortunately. i'm definitely willing to try a TrailPimp on the rear though.
this rim is probably fine for most things, i just can't understand how i knocked it around so much. maybe i was just unlucky.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 25, 2002
Strengths: Great Looks! Excellent Strength to Weight ratio.
Excellent F-in' rim. Not too heavy & strong. Got 24in. version f-in' luv it! Decent price for bad-ass rim! This is the first product I've given double 5 Chili ratings. Get it now if you want superior quality!
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