Bontrager Valiant OSB Rim

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
Weight : 405 grams MSRP : $64.00


Product Description

  • Super light rim for racing use on rear wheels
  • Offset spoke bed (OSB) design minimizes dish for a stronger, longer lasting wheel
  • Dual cavity design employs internal, in-plane wall for increased strength and stiffness
  • Welded joint with machined sidewalls
  • ERD 542


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by geoff luttrell a Racer from san francisco

    Date Reviewed: October 4, 2003

    Strengths:    Very light, easy to build, trued up very well, less dish with the off-center design, nice sidewalls

    Weaknesses:    they were not free

    Bottom Line:   
    Bottom line is- Great Rim!!! I laced this to an XTR hub, 32 hole, 2 cross, straight 15 guage spokes with alloy nips. I have raced this wheel about 5 times, including an 8 hour, ridden at Tahoe and plenty of other places. I trued it up after the first ride, and have had no problem since. Actually, I probably need to turn 1 nipple about a quarter turn at the moment, but I have been kind of lazy. I weigh about 157 and am fairly careful when I ride. No huge drops, but I have hit some stuff pretty hard. It's all about the wheelbuilder. I can't wait to wreck my front Rolf so I can build the front rim.

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    Favorite Trail:   Flume Trail

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   lots of mavics, Rolf Dolomite

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8500, XT, XTR, Fire XC Pro's

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Sean a Weekend Warrior from Tokyo

    Date Reviewed: October 31, 2002

    Strengths:    Less dish than standard rims, therefore, far less spoke breakage. Wider pad surface

    Weaknesses:    the rim deforms around the eyelets!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    I built this wheel up myself, so, personally, I have confidence that it is well built. You'll have to trust me on that one. Its the third or fourth rear wheel I have built.

    I haven't tested it on any evil trails yet, but it is true and centred after three months. None of the spokes have loosened either. Its great. I also love the extra wide brake surface (13 mm vs 11mm on the Mavics). It makes pad adjustment that much easier.

    However, I was rather alarmed to feel a faint bulge around the eyelets, from the spoke tension. At first I thought I had over tightened the spokes, but I spoke to my LBS, and they said it was quite common with cheaper rims!! I was a bit shocked, but they said it probably would not be a problem. I'm going to wait and see.

    One other disappointment was the stiffness of the rims. Because of the offset design, I expected a stiffer rim, but that does not seem to be the case. Just judging from the force required to push the rim to one side with my hand, it does not seem any stiffer than my Mavic rim which it replaced. Oh well. I'm still satisfied. It's better than my old rim...

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic X221, Velocity, Araya

    Bike Setup:   Kona Explosif, '98, XT hubs, DT single butted spokes, aluminium spokes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Sindross a Cross Country Rider from Canada

    Date Reviewed: January 28, 2002

    Strengths:    pretty strong for weigh to strength ratio. Light, 405g. Oversized side walls! You could problably fit 2 pads on them... They stay true.

    Weaknesses:    None... if you use them for what they're for

    Bottom Line:   
    As usual, they are XC rims, use them for what they're made for and they'll last. I had mine for abour 5 months, i go mountain biking, Xc. They're excellent.

    b.t.w. I'm getting a new wheelset, Chris king hubs... I'd like your help. I don't know whether to get Mavic 517's or Bontrager Valiant.
    I know valiants are good. but i never tried 517's please help me

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $100.00


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