Similar Products Used: Mavic Crossmax, Performance Xendro
Bike Setup: 2005 Specialized Stumpjumper, Fox Fork and Shock, Hayes Disc Brakes.
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2013
Strengths: Cheap, tough, stays true, takes a beating
Weaknesses: maybe weight? don't care much.
I run these on my dj and they take a beating. I've cased more landings than I'd like to admit and they handle my 200lbs coming down on them very nicely. Looking to lace some nicer spokes and hubs to them but will keep the rims.
Date Reviewed: August 14, 2012
Strengths: Stays true... until sidewall splits
Weaknesses: Heavy, not durable
Sidewall split after only 2 years and about 6000 km.
And this was on the rear - I mostly use the front brake.
Absolutly Love therse rims! I think these are just renamed Mammoth rims? Anyways I bought these cus they stop makin the mammoths. I have a set I built for my motorized bike, dont think I would feel comfortable or safe on any thing else. running as rear rim on my trail bike. Nice and wide rear end just how I like'm. Slap that ass!
My local LBS suggested this wheel set for me from the stock wheels on the bike I bought. I am 432 lbs and the wheels don't give me any problems! I probably have 100 miles on them so far! So if I can ride the bike an trails then you smaller guys can beat the hell out of them!
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2012
Strengths: Inexpensive, VERY solid, stay true, wide.
First of all.......you guys do not know how to change a tire it would appear. Tires go on just fine. I have put on 2 different style WTB's and Maxxis tires with minimal effort. I must be a genius. Second, these rims with XT hubs are just a steal for the $. Third, the wheels go round and round when the crank turns.
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2012
Strengths: stays true
Weaknesses: rim sidewall wear - tire blow out rim after 2 years -
a Cross Country Rider
from truckee, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2011
Strengths: Seems to be a solid product.
Weaknesses: none yet
After I bought the rim from my local bike shop I looked at the reviews on it online. At first I was worried because some many people said it was a weak rim and
not worth buying. How ever I'm not a dedacated downhill'er, and I don't do spin tricks but I do catch my fair share air. The first day I took it out I Knuckeled a 10' gap (I know not that empressive) if the rim was going to bend that would have been the time it did not. I finished my day with repeted 8' drops and still the rim is true. If you bent this rim on your first time out well I guess your a mad man and I would guess you would probably bend any rim on the market. If you had problems changing your tire ask your wife/girlfriend for your b a l l s back because it's not that bad. Bottom line buy it you'll like it.
a Weekend Warrior
from Tonawanda, NY
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2011
Strengths: Very strong
Weaknesses: Heavy, I dont like the machined sidewall for rim breaks (very ugly), very hard to get tires on to
Although they are very heavy, for the price I paid, $120 for the set, I have gotten my money's worth out of them. I am not a huge weight weenie as I weigh 195lbs myself so what is an extra couple of grams? I have ridden these rims on many trails that include drops of 3-5 feet, some to flat ground and they have remained true for 2 years running. After tightening the spokes during regular maintainence, they often make a faint clicking noise from rubbing together. Other than that, I loved these rims but have upgraded to a lighter yet stronger wheelset with nicer hubs, but have kept these as my road set (with road tires and separate discs) allowing me to quickly switch between sets for riding to work and around the streets.
a Weekend Warrior
from Newark, DE
Date Reviewed: February 24, 2011
Strengths: Durable as hell - this came laced to the Shimano Saint M800 hub I just reviewed. This has taken all kinds of punishment in the month I've had it and hasn't come out of true and I plan on beating this rim to submission.
Weaknesses: None, especially since it only cost me $20 and came laced with DT Swiss stainless spokes. It is a bit heavy and a little too wide (27mm) but these don't affect my performance at all.
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone if you're not a weight weenie. I primarily commute to work with these and while I run the smallest tires I can on them (FYI 1.5" is the smallest this rim can take) they perform exceptionally well. lace them to a good hub and you'll be worry free for a long time.
Similar Products Used: Bontrager Camino, Matrix 500, Pure XCR, Alex DM24, stock wheels that came on both of my Treks
Bike Setup: Trek 3700 - nothing stock
a Weekend Warrior
from Prince William, VA
Date Reviewed: February 20, 2011
Strengths: Strong rim, tire sits on the rim very snug so there are no worries about the tire coming off if you have a flat.
Weaknesses: Heavy, not a welded rim.
These are an awesome set of rims. Often times you can buy a full wheelset with these rims and Shimano hubs with stainless steel spokes for less than $150. I have been riding these guys and was originally planning to upgrade my wheelset for something lighter weight or newer, but these have never given me anything to gripe about. Due to the weight and these are not for everyone, people looking for something superlight or cutting edge will not really be pleased with these, but if you are a schlub like me you'll be riding with a smile on you face.
a Weekend Warrior
from Ames, Iowa, US
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2011
Weaknesses: Hard to change tires
Very durable and stiff wheel. It doesn't seem to flex much under me and I'm 250 lbs. Have ridden them down stairs and a few small jumps, and potholes. They hold up well even when pressures are low in the tires and I fear I have dented them. These will probably outlast my bike. Purchased as a complete wheelset with deore m525 hubs from JensonUSA, the spokes weren't perfectly tightened and made some scary creaks, but a trip to the bike shop and they are perfect now. Very good for the price, and pretty light for the beefiness. Only wish is that the brake surface was a little more grippier, but thats probably the stock brakes to blame.
Bike Setup: 08 Trek 820 truvativ stem, ea30 bar, avid speed dial 7 levers, rigid fork, bb5 front-stock v rear, single speed, bontrager road saddle, kenda nevegals
a Weekend Warrior
from Fremont, CA
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2010
Strengths: light for given strength, but still affordable
Weaknesses: tire changing (with decent levers)
I got the rims (basically free) when I bought a brand new Hadley wheelset on craigslist for $350 for my trials/dj/commute/trail/cruise do it all rig. At the time my only awareness of these rims is a 190 lb trials rider buddy who regularly breaks frames gapping 8 feet and doing the occassional 9 foot drop to cement.
It's been over a year now, and my do-it-all bike has become my favorite bike (over my full-sus stumpy and my trials-specific Czar). In the year that I've had these rim, if I do my math correctly, I've ridden 1700 miles and have done 500 or so hucks to flat (between 1-3 feet drops usually onto hard pack or concrete). In addition, during my commute to work, I usually break off to do some urban trials which is very abusive on wheels altogether. I use rim brakes in the rear and disc up front, and my wheels are built only 3 cross.
One gripe, though I've since worked around, is the rim depth which make tire removal challenging. I've broken an old Park lever, but then, that lever was 15 years old. With practice, I've learned to live with it. Now, I don't even give it a second thought with my $4 Pedros plastic levers.
In comparison to the rims (middling DT Swiss) I have on my actual "mountain bike" the Rhyno Lites are a bit heavier, but it's really not that noticeable especially factoring in what I had for lunch that day (2 lb steak versus a 50gram power bar). It corners just fine as far as I can tell, but then I'm not that aggressive in carving turns on public trails with speed limits.
On another note, in comparison the ridiculously wide rims I've got on the trials comp rig, the Rhyno Lites do pinch flat more often, but then, we are talking the difference between 48mm vs 27.5mm here. The solution, increase the pressure. I'm 175 lbs with gear and pinched on concrete edges and pointy rocks only occasionally at 40psi (running 50psi now). By contrast I run 30psi on the 48mm trials rim. The problem with the 48mm trials rim is that the tire tread basically flattens out giving you more contact vertically, but less when leaning into a turn. That's just what you want for trials and not much else.
Thus, the Rhyno Lite, being somewhere in between, is perfect for what I do most often with it--a little of everything. It's strong but not too heavy. It's wide enough to handle fairly large tires, but not too wide that you can't lean into a turn. For those who don't want to have the rims be the most expensive component on their bike but do want the confidence and reliability, this is it. Just make sure you have decent hubs/spokes to match and a good tire lever.
Strengths: strong, balanced, wide rim, affordable, looks good
Weaknesses: none so far
Awesome no dissappointments with these wheels. Very durable and strong I am a big rider. I weigh +210 6'5' I leap on these rims and barrel through roots rocks rivers logs and most drops up to 2 ft any higher and i go around.
Five Flamin chilis for awesomeness.
I'm trying to decide on a budget wheelset for my all mountain hardtail. I think I've narrowed it down to these two choices. My concerns are that the crossrides may be a little narrow at 19mm and weak, but the rhyno lites are a bit heavy. Anyone with any input or experience with either wheel. Thanks ... Read More »
Need a new wheel set for my single speed project and didn't want to drop much money on them. In this range it seems like I've seen praise for both setups and didn't know if there were any strong deciding factors between them.. Which hubs are better the XT or the ones on the Mavic? Won't be any big ... Read More »
So this will be part of a winter ONLY build, fat front with a studded rear tire (Nokian Extreme 296) I have everything but a rear rim at this point.
I was thinking of going cheap and wide with the Rhino Lite but there are not much for reviews on this rim so I am hesitant. I do have the 26er vers ... Read More »
i have two rear wheels that fit my bike. one is a rhyno lite rim laced to a redline hub, and the other is a single track rim laced to an xt hub. the rhynolite is a stronger rim, but the seam is starting to let go. the xt hub has much less drag than the redline hub (both are loose ball hubs and tight ... Read More »
I have a used wheelset Sun Rhyno Lite rims, XT rear disc hub and front Deore disc. Wondering if I should keep it or sell it, what do you think it is worth used? I just bought the rear hub has less than 500 km on it.Read More »