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Mavic 221 Rim

3.18/5 (175 Reviews)
MSRP : $45.00


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Mavic 221


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom Koberle

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2013

Strengths:    I've had them on my GT Zaskar since 1999 (14 years now) and they've held up great. Sometimes I even wish they would break so I could get myself some new wheels. I weigh 90 kg (no idea how much that is in pounds) and ride hard so pretty sure these rims are trustworthy.

Weaknesses:    No idea, can't think of anything. I also have an S Works Stumjumper with DT Swiss EX1750 which go for $1000 and honestly I can't tell the difference

Bottom Line:   
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jazyn

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2013

Strengths:    lasts a long time, mine 10 yrs
never broken any spokes
very few tubes lost
reliable


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
after 10 yrs on my hardrock they still roll with the normal wear you would expect from an old rim

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtb4123 a Cross Country Rider from Adelaide

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2010

Strengths:    Everything. Superb rim, taken everything I have thrown at it. Street, dirt, very hard riding. Only a few bent spokes, but other than that has lasted everything and is an awesome rim. Very light!

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Great rim would buy again, very light!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything

Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by German Joe a Weekend Warrior from Germany

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2008

Strengths:    Always straight and true. Good looks. Nice for the price.

Weaknesses:    I haven't found one yet, and I'm a fat guy Mt biker.

Bottom Line:   
Bought these rims as an upgrade from my stock rims during a major rebuild on my old GF hardtail. It was a great choice.
I'm a fat guy that likes the winding trails throught the trees over here in Germany. Long steady climbs and fast downhills are on the menu almost every weekend. I have received many compliments and they look great with muddy Tioga Psycho (tan colored) tires. Bottom line:
Great rims for the price, I couldn't be happier.
Greetings from Germany.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere over here is good.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Local German bike st

Similar Products Used:   Stock G. Fisher rims, other Mavic products.

Bike Setup:   1989 hardtail frame by G. Fisher. Downhill fork, V-brakes, grip shift, everthing UN-stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell from Boise, ID

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2008

Strengths:    Ran it over with my 4Runner in my driveway by mistake...took it to my LBS, had it spun...no problems! it was cradled by an uneven slab in my driveway. been riding it for a year an a half since with no problems. great xc wheelset for the price and weight.

Weaknesses:    none that i can think of...

Bottom Line:   
great rim for the price and weight.

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Favorite Trail:   Three Bears

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Reed's Cycle

Bike Setup:   full xt build, float fork and shock on an edge cycle's titus racer-x

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from SLO CA USA

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2008

Strengths:    Always true. I have two sets: one on a '98 Schwinn Moab - original owner. 2000 miles on- and off- road, and never need truing. Second bought recently after pleasure with the other set.

Weaknesses:    None, really

Bottom Line:   
Buy these, and love them for a long time.

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Favorite Trail:   Lemon Grove, Cerro San Luis

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Cambriabike.com

Similar Products Used:   Mavic 321s, Ferals with Xero hubs

Bike Setup:   All XT drivetrain, save for crank - STX.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kosul a Weekend Warrior from Athens,Greece

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2006

Strengths:    Very strong and cheap

Weaknesses:    Not the lightest but good weight for its price

Bottom Line:   
Very strong rims. I do mostly trail riding and the wheels get
some constant bashing on rocks at full speed.I have trued the rims just once (just a little).
Concerning the weight I don't do any racing so there is no need to have the lightest rig around.

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Favorite Trail:   Goura,Parnitha

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   Corratec X-Trail hardtail.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fergie a Cross Country Rider from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2006

Strengths:    It rolls around and around, and around, for years.

Weaknesses:    After 2200 miles, I haven't found one yet.

Bottom Line:   
The wheels on my bike are one of the few things that are original, and I only replace things that are broken. The hub on my front wheel is experiencing some wear now (side to side action), and my rear wheel (XT hubs) is now disintegrating, with spokes popping after every few rides. The Mavic 221 hubs? still going. I will try to rebuild these wheels this winter, with the same hubs and rims, if possible. Right now, I am waiting for a new rear wheel to come in the mail before this one lets go. These rims have done me right, after several years of taking a beating.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   2000 GT Avalanche

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Micheal Desk a Downhiller from victoria,britishcolumbia, canada

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2006

Strengths:    havent owned one yet...

Weaknesses:    your reveiws...

Bottom Line:   
Im planning on buying a 32 hole mavic complete on a deore hub for 50$ im a downhill, freeride, dirtjumper on average i hit 8 foot drops everyday but will go up to 12 footer's. plus major downhill and 5 foot tall 10 foot gap dirtjumps. I am not planning on this rim lasting long. just need to get riding again as i blew my mag 30. HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THEY WILL LAST ME? (and im only 120 punds)

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Favorite Trail:   Freeride,dirtjump,dh

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   singletrack's?

Bike Setup:   specialized p.3

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Anthony Bowen a Cross Country Rider from Panama City, Florida (TAFB)

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2006

Strengths:    I have been on these only a few times. They are lighter than the stock rims I have before. The tires go on with ease. I use 2.10 IRC Mythos XC tires. I like the way they look too. Hopefully I will be able to add to this in a year or two. It is nice to see so many rewiews on a product that I will be using a lot of.

Weaknesses:    I had some work done to my bike and had to have my wheels properly setup. I guess that wasn't accomplished at the place that built them. Be careful when purchasing wheels online. When I get them back, they should be able to handle anything I can dish out.

Bottom Line:   
I will have to continue this review when I put some miles on these wheels. I hope that they are as reliable as the reviews indicate.

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Favorite Trail:   Hobby Park (W-S, N.C.)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Corvair

Bike Setup:   03 Gary Fisher Tess SS (32-16), Canecreek Direct Curve Brakes, Bont SS Race Crank, MTB Speed V, Crank Brothers Mallet C pedals, IRC Mythos XC Tires, the rest Bontrager Select.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eddie Mathews a Cross Country Rider from Kerrville, Texas 78028

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2006

Strengths:    It's a great rim for what it was designed and built to do -- cross country biking!

Weaknesses:    According to all those who are trashing it, it's weakness is that it can't perform like rims in the $500 price level. Folks, get real! They do their job if you put them on a bike designed for typical cross country. I am 220 lbs. and have zero problems.

Bottom Line:   
The 221 rim should be fine for the rider who bought a bike to fit the kind of riding they like to do. Too bad those who mention their rims failing on non-jumps didn't comment on their air pressure. I bet you they couldn't even tell you if you asked them. Everyone I know who has had bent rims while riding normally had bad habits of not checking air pressure before jumping on their bike and taking off. In three years, I have never taking my bike out without measuring and adjusting air pressure to fit the type of ride I am doing. It's that important folks! As a result, my 220-pound frame has never bent a single rim and have had only one flat in 1000 mile of riding. And I think I am fairly agressive on trails and bunny-hopping on and off curbs on my street. Don't have an air pump? Taking the time to buy one and using it is cheaper than buying new rims or paying the LBS to true your rims every month.

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Favorite Trail:   Any in Texas Hill Country

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Mostly stock rims with two Trek hardtails -- 4100 and 4500 and one Specialized Enduro.

Bike Setup:   2001 Specialized Enduro, Manitou Skareb Super 100mm front fork, Fox Vanilla coil rear shock with 900# spring, Specialized Team Control tires, Mavic 221, Avid Speed-dial brakes, Thomson stem, Easton Monkeybar handlebar, Shimano LX derailers, lots of other upgrades.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Josh a Cross Country Rider from Mas

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2005

Strengths:    Been riding it up and downs..still give me the confidence in it. of coz there are occasional drops here and there not to high just a couple of feet..wont hurt it..

Bottom Line:   
Will continue with it till it fails me or might upgrade to other Mavic crossmax'es later..Good buy value for money..

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Sid,Parkpre alumax,FSA headset and BB, Deore XT FD and RD,Deore XT V-brakes,SRAM cog,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew from Regina

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Just an update from my review in 2004. I still have the rim, still ride hard and am still casing the odd landing. Its still cheap, and still round...and fairly true. The 221 is still with me, and recently I was challenged to put a fat tire on it....my front tread needed replacing so I stuffed a Kenda Kinetics 2.35 on it....iti fits and seems to run well. I still thing fat tires belong on fat rims (better tread footprint that way) but it seems to work good!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Belgian Bob a Weekend Warrior from Oxford

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2005

Strengths:    Round, light, not tricky to fit tyres to.
Strong enough to take a year of trails and XC riding in a sometimes careless and aggressive fashion.


Weaknesses:    Probably suffered from being a factory build on my spesh...
A year isn't a long life for an XC rim, is it?


Bottom Line:   
Factory wheels on Spesh bikes: You get what you pay for.
Probably not a bad rim in itself, but after a year of singletrack and rocky descending (I'm not a downhiller, I don't pretend to be. Think very rough XC), these died last weekend...
I'm going to rebuild with something a little stronger, and have the wheels made by a proper wheelbuilder, just to be sure.

Next time, I'll make a mental note to have wheels on the jig for a service BEFORE a 3 day weekend of riding... Doh!

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Favorite Trail:   Swinley Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   stock on bike

Similar Products Used:   Other mavic rims, Ritchey Rock Rims (cr*p)

Bike Setup:   2004 Spesh 'Hopper Pro, some stock bits, others not so stock.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Shane from Ireland

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2005

Strengths:    Cheep and light, have no probs fittin wider than 1.9 tyres as mentioned by someone else.

Weaknesses:    A bit on the weak side, have buckled it too easily.

Bottom Line:   
Not a bad rim, but probably a bit to be weak running on the rear of a hardtail, if you are into givin it a bit of stick.

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Favorite Trail:   Fermoy DH track

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   Mavic 721(5 chilli rim)

Bike Setup:   GT AVAL, mx comp eta, mavics, magura hs33s, xtrc crankset,

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