Its double eyelet and SUP welded joint provides itThe necessary strengthTo withstandThe most aggressive use. 36 mm wide, it allowsThe most demanding ridersTo rideThe largestTire onThe market.FEATURES Maxtal: ExclusiveTo Mavic. An aluminum alloyThat is 30% more resistantThan a 6106 alloy, for lighter and stronger rims. SUP: Soudé Usiné Process. After bending,The rim joint is arc welded.The welded seam isThen milled for a smooth finish. A welded and milled rim joint is extremely strong, eliminates
a Weekend Warrior
from lincolnshire, UK
Date Reviewed: December 10, 2011
Strengths: Seriously strong, look good, not the heaviest rim around, build quality.
Weaknesses: Heavy if your after a xc rim but who cares!
These rims are seriously strong. Last week my bike fell off my mates roof rack at 60mph, the bike bounced down the road several times and I was expecting the whole thing to be a write off, luckily it wasn't. The wheels hit the ground with enough force to tear through the tyre and tube sidewall but the rim was only slightly dinged. It has true'd up perfectly.
If a rim can take an impact like that then it can handle almost anything a trail can throw at it.
Similar Products Used: cheap crap not worth mentioning
Bike Setup: 06 stinky d, 2010 boxxer team,race face
a Weekend Warrior
from St. Cloud, MN
Date Reviewed: July 10, 2010
Strengths: Very strong, looks good, can handle anything I've thrown at them so far.
Weaknesses: Mine make this aweful rattling noise. There's a little piece of metal stuck between the two layers of the rim from manufacturing, and it won't come out. It makes the wheels sound like crap and like they are falling apart. Maybe a little heavy, but that doesn't matter much to me.
I love my new bike, but these rims make my $1200 bike sound like a $79 bike. If you are like me, you have to have your bike tuned perfectly and any odd sounds need to be elimitated. When I ride a bumpy section of trail, these rims drive me crazy. I used to worry something was falling off my bike, but no, it's just the junk inside my rims.
If these things were silent they would be 5's across the board, but this noise has to knock a chili off for me.
Similar Products Used: Other inferior rims that can't hold a candle to the strength of these.
Bike Setup: Stock Sette Flite
from new york city
Date Reviewed: July 8, 2009
Strengths: frikkin' beast. impossible to warp or break
Weaknesses: weight, if you care
these will not break. if anything, the spokes will go first, which mine did and need replacement, but if you have a flat you wont even notice when you get to the bottom of a rock garden. these rims are highly recommended, and cant be beat for quality and strength.
from Los Alamitos, CA USA
Date Reviewed: August 21, 2008
Strengths: stays true and I never get pinch flats
my spokes stay tight
Light for a DH rim.
I weigh 230lbs on I beat the hell out of these rims. I have cased a lot of jumps and I have hucked to a flat landing many times and they stay true. I also do a lot of DH at Mammoth mtn and I have also taken these to Whistler and Northstar. This rim is truly sick, it would take a lot to destroy these. If you want a fast, strong, setup get these with the DT440 hubs and Kenda Nevegal 2.7 huge tire in the front and a 2.5 in the rear. Nevegals run very large compared to other tires and they also roll really fast. I have a lot of friends and they are pinch flatting all the time. Some of them have switched their rims and went from getting them on every ride to just once in a while. I havent pinch flatted yet with my setup. This rim should be the standard on all DH and freeride bikes. Oh my bike tends to pull ahead of everyone else without me even pedaling, but maybe its just my weight, either way I love my wheel set.
Strengths: Tuff, able to withstand casing a 20ft double twice with only a slight buckle, which was fixable.
Weaknesses: heavy, if you're going to use them for xc riding:)
These do add considerable weight to your bike compared to all mountain rims such as Sun Singletracks, but in terms of stiffness and strength, they are probably the lightest of their kind (available aftermarket rims).
There are definately lighter rims available for DH racing or lighter/smoother riders, but at least these are the last rims you'll need to buy for a good few years.
Buy these if you don't mind having fairly heavy wheels in exchange for all out stoutness - if you plan to ride with carelessness and neglect for your components, these are the ticket!
Similar Products Used: Bombshell Fat Daddy, Sun Singletrack
Bike Setup: Patriot Lt, Fox Van RC, Domain 318's, Hayes Brakes
from Ice Station Kilo, Scotland
Date Reviewed: January 13, 2008
Strengths: Absolutely unbreakable Round as the day they went on
Weaknesses: None, unless you hate France
I am a Mavic convert. A little story: riding hard at Kicking Horse, I screwed my line up big-style, lofted off the trail and landed from about 20 ft in the air onto very sharp, big, angular alpine rocks. While I absolutely toasted the tubes and bounced waaay off the bike, the rims were not even a tiny bit out of true. Unreal. Had it not been for these rims and my Rockgardn Flak Jacket (brilliant armour, go buy one), I'd be writing this from a hospital bed instead of slouched in my living room. I would have children with these rims if it wasn't so very, very wrong. Worth every cent.
Similar Products Used: Lighter Mavic stuff, whatever junk came on it from the store
Bike Setup: SC Bullit, 888R, 5th L, Maxxis rubber, bling saddle from .243
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2007
Strengths: Very strong, very wide so no flats, looks, durability
Weaknesses: Heavy - but what do you expect for a amazing rim?
Very good rim, Ive used it for street - like riding down steps and jumps them and has been fine. I have also used it for down hill and has been fine. I dont think about 'is my rim buckled' ever because I trust is so much. I have used 2.3 tires with these which is the minimum width I think and have never had a puncture. The stickers with the product name stay on and look good but simple. I would buy these again for the kind of riding I do but wouldn't if you do cross country ect as too heavy.
from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 16, 2007
Strengths: This rim has surprised me from day one with its strength, durability and lack of maintenance. Its also uber light compared to what I used to run (doublewides).
Weaknesses: Its quite a bit heavier than some of the newer comparable rims, but I'm not much of a gram counter.
I bought this wheel 2 and a half years ago pre-built from my local shop and since then I've never had to tighten a spoke and they're still PERFECTLY true. They're a little lighter than my doubletrack which has also served me well. I ride twice a week on some pretty gnarly terrain with a few hucks, and this rim has taken it and asked for more. Sure, they're a bit pricey but nothing compares to having a wheel you trust 100%. Now I just worry about my tubes.
p.s. In the time I've owned this rim, I've NEVER pinched a front tube.
Similar Products Used: doubletrack, doublewide, mavic f219d, alex dm24, mag30
Bike Setup: banshee scream with a modern, but burly build. (Totem, codes, block 8 everything, XO)
from port hope, ontario, canada
Date Reviewed: May 7, 2007
Strengths: strong, ceramic coating, stickers, the machined welding.
Weaknesses: weight price
these rims took everything i could dish out. stayed true through stair gap cases, dirt jump cases, log gap cases, hard drops to flat or near flat, riding rocky shale downhill runs with flat tires front and back, practice race runs with flats, never dented or warped to the point of untrueablility. best rim i ever owned.