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Mavic Dee Max Rim

4.25/5 (16 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Maxtal SUP welded rim, yellow Mavic coating
  • Integrated freewheel hub with FTS system
  • Adjustable, removable, sealed cartridge bearings
  • 8/9 speed HG compatible freewheel
  • Stainless steel straight spokes, brass nipples
  • 36 spokes crossed 4
  • Weight:
     Rear: 1390 g
     9 mm front axle: 1160g
     20 mm front axle: 1070g.

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Killer B a Cross Country Rider from Horse Shoe, NC

    Date Reviewed: September 6, 2009

    Strengths:    Bomb-proof durability.
    NEVER had to tighten a spoke in over 3 years.
    NEVER had to true them after 3 years.
    Look neat & unique from any others.

    Weaknesses:    Weight is a drawback up you pedal uphills,
    otherwise this is a strength on downhill runs.

    Yello may no match your bike.
    (I have a pair of the yellow's & silver)

    Bottom Line:   
    Best heavy-duty rims/wheelset available IMO.
    I'm not sure I'd pay $699 for them, but look
    around for a used pair that most people sell
    simply because of the weight.

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    Favorite Trail:   Laurel Mtn or Trace Ridge

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   None are comparable IMO

    Bike Setup:   HARO Xtreme: Hayes Hydraulic 8" rotors, Marzocchi 6" travel fork, bla bla bla...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by lewis a Downhiller from bangor wales

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2009

    Strengths:    heavy landing,drops,crashes and rocks hitting the spokes

    Weaknesses:    landing on a ruff angle and loose spokes

    Bottom Line:   
    if you dont know how to ride propally dont buy them.I reccomend steve peat to buy them because hes got the same bike as me

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    Favorite Trail:   mynnydd llandygai

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   chainreaction

    Similar Products Used:   dt swiss 6.1

    Bike Setup:   santa cruz syndacite v.10

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bobby Peru a Downhiller from Torrance, CA

    Date Reviewed: November 28, 2008

    Strengths:    Great looks, strong rim...

    Weaknesses:    Hub needs a little TLC now and then...

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   SSDH trail

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   From a friend

    Similar Products Used:   The only other wheel set I had was a WTB. So it's tough to compare.

    Bike Setup:   Intense Socom

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by skywalker a Downhiller from Australia

    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!

    Bottom Line:   
    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!

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    Favorite Trail:   anything gnarly

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $99999999.00

    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.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by random a Downhiller 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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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

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    Favorite Trail:   Clown shoes

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   kona

    Similar Products Used:   arrow racing, mavic 729s, mavic 823s, mag 30's

    Bike Setup:   08 flatline, chromag, 888 wc, deemax, Sram XO, juicy 7, sdg I-beam.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by robertsm a Downhiller from Scottsdale, Az

    Date Reviewed: July 26, 2008

    Strengths:    I beat these wheels up pretty bad. The black powdercoating is scratched off pretty bad from dragging along rocks, yet they are still true. They are qite heavy but they are supposed to be.

    Weaknesses:    Only problem I had was that the yellow stickers didn't go well with my bike. So I took em off. Easy enough.

    Bottom Line:   
    I am very happy with these wheels.

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    Favorite Trail:   Geronimo South Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   For sale add

    Similar Products Used:   dt swiss 6.1

    Bike Setup:   2008 Nomad, Lyric 2 step fork, X0 shifters and derailleurs, Hayes HFX 9 brakes, Maxxis minion tires

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jake 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

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   everything eles (stay away from ditch witches and rhyno lites!!!!)

    Bike Setup:   2004 enduro...completely custom

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Watson a Racer from California

    Date Reviewed: November 12, 2006

    Strengths:    I have the old 36 spoke deemax's and they are STRONG AS H*LL

    Weaknesses:    What?

    Bottom Line:   
    Strong Rim rolls over anything and stays straight.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Friend

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Dual Duty

    Bike Setup:   Fox Talas RLC, Truvativ Holzfeller, MRP system 1, Thomson Elite, Hayes Nine, Sram X-7...

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by jeff a Downhiller from Whistler

    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

    Bottom Line:   
    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

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    Favorite Trail:   dirt merchant

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   sun double tracks

    Bike Setup:   kona stab supreme 05

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Jason a Weekend Warrior from Albany Western Australia

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2006

    Strengths:    They are popular in mtn bike movies

    Weaknesses:    Spokes come loose

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $700.00

    Purchased At:   Grt southern bikes

    Similar Products Used:   alex, various mavic rims

    Bike Setup:   04 RM Switch

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Mark a Downhiller from Cleveland

    Date Reviewed: June 10, 2005

    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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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!!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Mohican DH

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Halo 48's

    Bike Setup:   SGS TEAM

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Paul Ruscoe a Downhiller from Stoke, England

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2004

    Strengths:    Very Strong, Light

    Weaknesses:    kinks on the wheel from where each of the spokes is attatched to the wheel.

    Bottom Line:   
    These wheels are very strong and their weight is great. But still they are not impossible to break or buckle just go off a bike enough drop and they will start to suffer.

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    Favorite Trail:   Fort William

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes

    Similar Products Used:   Funn chronic extreme

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale Gemini 2000

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Alfred Mark Maniago a Weekend Warrior from Las Piñas City, Philippines

    Date Reviewed: February 10, 2003

    Strengths:    lightweight, durable, very good design

    Weaknesses:    none (so far)

    Bottom Line:   
    i think mavic dee max is one of the best rims sold in the market today. i use the mavic dee max (black version) and this kind of rim is very affordable but strong enough to withstand bumps and drops.

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    Favorite Trail:   Pico de loro trail

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   bike shop near our village

    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

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andy Leuterio a Racer from Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Date Reviewed: September 12, 2002

    Strengths:    Great aero looks, strength, doesn't weigh too much

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   cemeteries and Fort Bonifacio (asphalt), Pagudpud (dirt)

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $16.00

    Purchased At:   my loyal neighborhood bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic shallow-rims (can't remember the model)

    Bike Setup:   Galmod Mohai frame, Syntace V-2 handlebar & stem, Deore LX drivetrain, Acera brakes, MOB 26 x 1.15" tires, Vetta Gel saddle

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Glenn Meyer a Downhiller from bobsville

    Date Reviewed: September 7, 2002

    Strengths:    super tough/ works well with large tires

    Weaknesses:    no v space but thats only cuz my friend runs em

    Bottom Line:   
    awesome strength and look cool but they are heavy and if your into xc get somthin else.

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    Favorite Trail:   the bomb breaker

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   shop

    Similar Products Used:   weinmann/ mavic/ velocity/ rigid

    Bike Setup:   mongoose nx rock shox psylos race face crank lx components dh bars platform pedals dh seat deore disc hubset kenda kolassal tires and front avid disc (more of a custom freeride machine)

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