from Torrance, CA
Date Reviewed: November 28, 2008
Strengths: Great looks, strong rim...
Weaknesses: Hub needs a little TLC now and then...
Great rim and strong wheel set all around. I bought these from a friend who got a new bike and the 135mm rear hub didn't fit his new frame. His loss, my gain! I've run these wheels in 3 countries and four US states. I've only had one flat in all of that time. The rear hubs needs some TLC every now and then, other than that, they are great! They are not so "in" anymore, they used to be a very popular wheel set. Not so much any more. Who cares? They do the job and do it well.
Similar Products Used: The only other wheel set I had was a WTB. So it's tough to compare.
Bike Setup: Intense Socom
Date Reviewed: November 19, 2008
Strengths: Very Light, Super Strong, head turning looks, ust option!
Weaknesses: Presta valves, price & changing tyres is a feat unto itself!
Awesome wheels, have taken a beating for 3yrs now & have performed very well! Still perfectly straight, only serviced the rear hub once, never had to touch the front wheel! Check the spokes occasionally as they may come abit loose (like any rim) & check the rear axle too being a two piece item it can occasionally come loose! (simple maintenance will keep this wheel alive for many years)
I weigh 80kg and ride some fairly mean trails & regularly do 10ft drops, these wheels have taken it no probs for 3 yrs now & still going strong! (just remember we are punishing our equipment pretty serverley, so just check on it every ride & you wont have any problems with them!)
Best wheels ive ever used!
Similar Products Used: 729, 329, dual duty, single track!
Bike Setup: Iron horse sgs, Shivers, 6way swinger, x9/pc99hp/pg990 sram, mrp wc2, raceface nsdh, fsa ti bb, lopro mag flats, hope mono6 ti, kforce dh, wtb rocket v stealth &
05 deemax + maxxis 2.7st dhf & 2.5st dhr 24-28psi.
from NewWestminster BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: November 3, 2008
Strengths: strong, can't dent, no flats, no flatspots.. looks sweet.
Weaknesses: if you arn't a bike guy who maintains bikes and wheels ... if you dont know how to tension a wheel or take care of a wheel.. these aren't the wheels for you.
so only weakness is .. need to do alot of spoke checks.. 1 a week if you ride 3 times.. something like that.
these wheels are very good, very strong, and very very trush worthy.
you have to maintain spoke tension, if you do this, you will never have a wobbly wheel.. you will never dent and you will never ruin these rims, they are VERY STRONG!
however, if you dont get a good built deemax and dont maintain them, they do wobble specially if you do like to land sideways;)
so if you know your stuff and can maintain a rim properly, i highly suggest these wheels....
the quality of the wheel outweigh the weight of the wheel in my opinion
Bike Setup: 2008 Nomad, Lyric 2 step fork, X0 shifters and derailleurs, Hayes HFX 9 brakes, Maxxis minion tires
from Pawcatuck, CT, USA
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2007
Strengths: well, i bought these seond hand with a crack in the rim. Bad idea, maybe, but i work in a bike shop and figured that i could true them and things would be ok. You know what, for once in my life, I was right! I'm a pretty technechly bad rider, meaning i jump off really big stuff and normally land wrong. These things can take a beating!
Weaknesses: well, i cant break em, so i guess none..oh yeah, they cost alot
if you are like me, you prefer your taco's from a mexican resturaunt, not a mountain bike wheel manufacturer. if you have the cash, buy them. Ignore any bad reviews you red cause they are complete bullsh*t and the people who wrote them are probably 300lbs overweight.
Bike Setup: Fox Talas RLC, Truvativ Holzfeller, MRP system 1, Thomson Elite, Hayes Nine, Sram X-7...
Date Reviewed: August 30, 2006
Strengths: all the hype around the name dee max the hubs are good
Weaknesses: to soft, flat spot, spokes come loose everyday
these rims are for riders who are very smooth,they cant take abuse the spokes come loose all the time and if one breaks is $14 a spoke you have to true them after every ride, flat spot very easy my advice if you have them and there still good get rid of them why you can (unless you have the older 36spoke ones there bombprof)and buy sun mag 30s,double tracks or arrow dh and get your moneys woth
a Weekend Warrior
from Albany Western Australia
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2006
Strengths: They are popular in mtn bike movies
Weaknesses: Spokes come loose
I purchased these rims thinking they would hold up.After a month of riding, 12 spokes had come loose in which time a buckle had formed,not happy.Every ride there after at least 2- 4 spokes were coming loose and I was always having to tru the back rim up.I weigh 75kg and the type of riding I do, would best be described as light free ride/cross country.I was even willing to fore go the fact that they are yellow, all I wanted was a maintenance free rim.It was not to be.Mavic being the kind hearted company they are give you a poxy plastic spoke key which rounds out after about 10 spokes,as well as a poxy plastic rear axle spanner which breaks as soon as you use it.So when I go to send the rear rim back to mavic which is still under warranty,get this I have to pay the freight $45 .The bottom line is, Dee max UST wheels do not hold up in real world riding conditions . buyer beware.
Strengths: Stiff as heck!!!! Bombproof for sure, for only having 28 spokes per rim!!!
Weaknesses: Rear hub continues to loosen up after a day of drops and hucks.
Great rim!! I have landed almost sideways 2 times on this rim and it didn't tweek it at all. Over a year of HARD riding and they have never been trued up. They don't need it!!!!!! When people see this rim, it is always.."Those are sweet!!!!!!!!!" So they have a unique look as well. This is just one mean machine of a rim set!!!!
Similar Products Used: i used Araya 26 inch rims before
Bike Setup: dnm suspension fork and seatpost; marin aluminum frame; amoeba handle bars and stem; body geometry saddle; dee max rims; shimano deore hubs, crankset , brakes and derailluer; 2.38 leopard tires
from Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
Date Reviewed: September 12, 2002
Strengths: Great aero looks, strength, doesn't weigh too much
I got these rims and set it up with the Shimano Mega hubs & spokes back when I was still using a full-suspension. The wheel & 1.38" tire setup weighed a little more compared to my previous shallow-rim setup, but the deep rims made up for it as I went faster (i use my bike for duathlons and triathlons). Seems there's less wind resistance with these babies.
I stuck with these rims when I switched to my Galmod - it's an Italian brand -but changed to 1.15"s: this is about as light and aero as I'll ever be with an MTB. Wahoo! I can even keep pace with some roadies now. The best part is that when I get tired of road duty, I can change the tires and go back to dirt trails. You can't do that with a road bike.
Two questions about rear hub pawls….
1 : I got a 2007 Dee Max wheel set and its rear has ITS4 System …According to Mavic website the four pawls work 2 by 2 …When I have opened the freehub….only 2 of the pawls are up hung by the spring…Is it OK as if they have to work 2 by two ? Or no in a neutr ... Read More »
I know it comes off with no tools...but do you turn it a certain way?
Do you PULL it off?
What about lubing the internals?
I know I should use mineral oi (or Pedros Road Rage lube).
Where do I actually lube?
Any help is appreciatedRead More »
Please don't bash because this is ANOTHER tire thread...but I just have some simple questions that I need answered before I make a purchase.
1. Can NON UST tires with wire bead DH casing (e.g. Intense 909, Kenda Nevegals) work on Dee Max rims?
I know everyone is going to say "just run some Stan' ... Read More »
The guy at my LBS said that it was impossible! I have a '05 Santa Cruz Bullit with a rear hub size of 135mm. The Dee Max rims (on my bike) have 28 spokes. Let's say I bought the 150mm 32 spoke rims, could I replace the existing hubs with Chris King hubs- 135mm?
I am baffled?!?!?!
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