Bontrager Maverick Rim

3.9/5 (42 Reviews)
Weight : 435 grams MSRP : $40.00


Product Description

Extra-tall 13mm machined braking surface for easy brake pad set-up and better radial strength. Welded joint and stainless steel eyelets. Single-cavity cross section.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by MikeR315 a Downhiller from Omaha

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2009

Strengths:    Ummm...it lasted for the first couple drop offs at least

Weaknesses:    WEAK!!!!!!!!!!!!
My rear rim split right down the center of the rim


Bottom Line:   
It thankfully broke within the first year, so the Bike Rack replaced it for free. I'm going to upgrade to Rhythm Comps. If you're doing anything over three to four foot drop offs on the trails, then I wouldn't recommend these wheels. They might hold up on some light XC, though.

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Favorite Trail:   Platte River State Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Omaha Bike Rack

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race tubeless Ready


Bike Setup:   2008 Trek Fuel EX8

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike from Manchester NH

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2004

Strengths:    Fairly Strong
Never had to be trued
on the lighter side


Weaknesses:    Braking surface (they ground down quite a bit and the braking generally sucked)

Bottom Line:   
I never had any complaints while riding these wheels but when I took them off to put new disc specific wheels on I realized how much abuse I gave them and they were perfectly true. They took alot of 5 or 6 foot drops and kept coming back for more. So for an XC rider who wants to dabble in a little freeriding with these dont be scared.

Im certainly going to keep these around on a spare set as soon as I lace them to some disc hubs

4 outta 5 because the braking was a nightmare on these things and part of the reason I went to discs

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Trek 4900, 04 psylo fork, avid mech. discs, sun single track wheels and a few small other things

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mathias Magdowski a Cross Country Rider from Germany

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2004

Strengths:    lightweight, strong, stiff, durable

Weaknesses:    a non-foldable tire is difficult to set up

Bottom Line:   
This rim works very good for me. It was already installed in the bike. I have never had problems with the rim, only with the hub, which must be a very cheap one, from Kalloy or so, but Klein used them in 1998 for the suspension-fork-models. I weigh about 70 kilogramm and even in rough conditions (eg. Garmisch-Partenkirchen) the wheel works for me. I already have driven this rim for 4 or 5 years and about 15000 kilometers. Of course the wheel could be more lightweight, but then it wouldn't be so durable.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   1998' Klein Pulse, Rock Shox Indy S, LX derailleur, Sugino Cranks

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dan from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Yeah I love my bike I hate these rims. Less then two weeks of riding and I've bent the front and rear, not tomention I'm noticing my spokes are bending I'm no expert rider but I do ride hard and all of it in the city and what am I to think of rims that can't take a quick jump off the curbs down on market a few times a day. I know how to land a bike from alot farther than 8 inches and that is just about all I've had to marrow I need new rims or I will have to stop using my feet cuase they are that bent.

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Favorite Trail:   Where ever wehn ever

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   Stock Tass

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bOOnie a Downhiller from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2002

Strengths:    Light, Front rim is ok it has lasted 2 years

Weaknesses:    Back rim split down the middle (after a few months), no good for rough stuff. Got heaps of dents in it ( i only weigh 70kgs)

Bottom Line:   
If you are rough on your rear rim i.e drops, powerslides, rocks etc it will break. Front is ok

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Mammoth bigfat (cause I'm trying to keep it cross country)


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dark Daemon a Downhiller from doesitreallymatter.ro

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2002

Strengths:    way understated, pretty strong for such a narrow profile

Weaknesses:    the same understatement, image

Bottom Line:   
I never thought I'd be so impressed with Fisher OEM equipment... They came stock with my second hand '98 Level Betty FH2. They lasted the whole season of dual, a couple of DH races and some street. I didn't have any money to buy other wheels so I had to stick with 'em. First I thought they'd be the worst problem on the bike, but Fisher and Rock Shox insisted to prove me wrong. Frame and fork quit their job earlier than the wheels. So long with quality, I guess! I never believed these wheels would last, because they have only 32 spokes, and don't even have eyelets, not to speak of the width... I have my own strong beliefs about how a wheelset should look like(521, Hugi...), and they didn't quite match it. I have to say, that the spokes (DT) must have played an important part in the whole thing too, because the hubs (Fisher/ STX-RC) weren't top notch either. So, this is my way to say "Thank You!" to Keith. Fish, thanks too! But for the wheels, not the frame. Next time try at least to match the strength of the wheelset, k?

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Favorite Trail:   my own

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey, Mavic, Sun, Mach 1, Alesa

Bike Setup:   Chameleon, whatever...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xcstar a Racer from USA

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I got them on my new trek 6500! thay r varry light!i bent the rear rim on a curb but i had the tire on like 35 PSI and i waz going pre fast ppl say it waz so small that it wazent considered a dent! over all there varry strong!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by klam a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, ON

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2001

Strengths:    Very cool red anodized finish, asymmetrical rear rim to reduce dish really strengthens wheel, very strong rims that resist going out of true. Welded seam and machined brake track.

Weaknesses:    On the heavier side, 450g.

Bottom Line:   
These rims are excellent durable general XC riding wheels that have pleasantly surprised me since the beginning. I have had these rims for over two years now and they've only needed to be minorly trued once or twice during the entire time. My particular set came OEM with my Trek 8000 in 1999 and are finished in a really cool looking red anodized finish. I believe most aftermarket Maverick rims are not available in this finish.

The asymmetrical rear rim makes a particularly strong wheel that can be ridden hard without worry. Like other Bontrager rims (Mustang, Valiant) which use a 2.5mm ASYM offset, it reduces drive-side dish that can weaken the wheel's integrity. The rims are welded at the seam and include a machined brake track. A very solid rim with everything that you need.

The only gripe I have about the rims is that they are a bit on the heavier side (450g). However, I believe you can get the Mavericks in aftermarket for about $38/rim, which makes them unbelievably affordable. Unfortunately, the lighter Mustangs are priced only a little more.

I am very happy with these rims, and am looking towards Bontrager's Mustangs or Valiants to build my next wheel. You will find that most Bontrager products are quality and durable, the Maverick rims do not fall far from the tree.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   A variety.

Bike Setup:   Came OEM with my Trek 8000. Bontrager Maverick rims red anodized finish (w/ASYM rear), Bontrager/LX hubs, laced radial front and 3X rear with 14g DT spokes. Bontrager Super-X 2.0" kevlar tires, Avid 2.5SD v-brakes, Manitou SX.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Swanny a Cross Country Rider from Federal Way, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2001

Strengths:    They stay true

Weaknesses:    These rims are heavier than others I have ridden. I also get more flats on these rims than with the Mavic's I usually ride with on my other bikes.

Bottom Line:   
These rims are not bad, but I don't think that they can compete with some of the offerings from Mavic. I have had more pinch flats with these rims than I ever had with any other wheelset I've owned. I had to put extra tape over the spoke holes just to prevent flatting. They do stay true though and that is a big plus for these rims.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim Trail, Moab, UT

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Mavic 230's, Mavic 231's, Mavic 225's

Bike Setup:   These rims came stock on my Gary Fisher Joshua

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lloyd! a Cross Country Rider from Idaho

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2001

Strengths:    Excellent rim - has never had to be trued after 4000+ off-road miles.

Weaknesses:    None!

Bottom Line:   
These rims came OEM on my 1998 Trek 8000. I broke the frame and 2 forks before tacoing the rear rim. The front, which is paired with the original LX hub, is pretty much the only thing from my bike that I have not broken since buying it in 1998. In fact, I have never had to have the front wheel trued in over 4000 miles of off-road riding. I keep waiting for it to break so I can replace it with something better, but the damn thing will not even come out of true!! 5 flamin' roaches!

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Favorite Trail:   Fisher Creek

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Mavic 238, Mavic 517

Bike Setup:   1999 Trek SLR frame, 2000 SID XC, Maverick/LX front, Mavic 517/XT disc rear, Thomson stem & post, 2001 XT 9-speed components.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim Hesketh a Weekend Warrior from Merritt Island, Florida USA

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2001

Strengths:    Strong, have held up to many 4-5 foot drops. I beat the living @$#** out of these rims.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I am constantly beating on this bike. Thats what I bought it for...to have fun and be a weekend dare devil. These rins were trued once after the 30 day breakin period two years ago. Haven't had them trued since. They are great rims, and I'm a clydesdale (220 lbs)

If I find a 3 or 4 or 5 foot drop off, I hit it. I don't worry about tacos. Also, you have to know how to land once you get airborne !!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with the bike.

Similar Products Used:   Weinman Garbage.

Bike Setup:   99 Trek VRX 300, xt, yada, yada

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam W a Weekend Warrior from College Park, MD

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2000

Strengths:    Light enough
Strong enough
They work


Weaknesses:    hmm... weird brake surface, it squeeks a bit, but hey, it stops me

Bottom Line:   
No complaints. None. Good weight/strength tradeoff, they get me where I need to go and let me have fun along the way. Okay, so I only weigh 150, but my handling skills could be better, I've thrashed wheels before (I have a collection growing...) - these have put up with it. Maybe I'm just getting better, or maybe these wheels rock.

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Favorite Trail:   the Pits

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   OEM whatever-was-on-a-'98-Trek-930

Bike Setup:   930 frame, XT everything-that-can-be, z.3 LT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ice ManII a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2000

Strengths:    Price
Strength
Appearance
Design
Features (eyelets, Machined Walls etc.)


Weaknesses:    Weight (for you weight weenies)

Bottom Line:   
Best rim for the money. I'm kinda hard on wheels, but these was have lasted through it all. They come with everything you need short of Ceramic Walls. The only rim that I have tried that I would suggest over them are the Mavic X517, which is, and always will be, great rims.

You'll notice that I put weight under Strenght & Weakness. For me, the rim has the right amount of material, and that comes at the price of the weight. But, they're not light enough to build superlites.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Too many to list

Bike Setup:   Lots of Syncros & XT/XTR
Trek Alum. Frame
Marzocchi 23 light on the front

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by John a Cross-Country Rider from Grass Valley, CA

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2000

Strengths:    
Light.


Weaknesses:    
Weak. Flimsy. Frail. Did I mention that are not strong?


Bottom Line:   
Don't plan on riding any rocky, technical terrain with these rims. I weigh 190, ride rather fast and catch some air. These just fell apart after six months. When you pick out a light wheelset, it almost always comes back to haunt you.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Mavic 221, 217, others


Bike Setup:   
Santa Cruz Superlight XTR, SID, ATAC pedals

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by James D a Cross-Country Rider from Annapolis

Date Reviewed: September 27, 1999

Strengths:    
cheap


Weaknesses:    
weak


Bottom Line:   
Only been mountain biking for one year and have already bent both of my Maverick rims. Gonna try the Mustangs this time. Two peppers for being cheap.

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Favorite Trail:   
all of em

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
none


Bike Setup:   
Trek 930, Jett T2, some XTR, some LX

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