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Velocity Deep V Rim

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hunold a Weekend Warrior from Glendale, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2010

Strengths:    Stiff, reliable (as in tandem-worthy)

Weaknesses:    none (make sure you buy tubes with long valve stems)

Bottom Line:   
I trust these rim going downhill with a 500+ total tandem weight at speeds above 45 mph. Paired with Specialized Armadillo tires and a 10-inch brake rotor in the back, these rims match the high end Calfee frame

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Cupertino Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   Calfee Tetra Tetra carbon tandem with S&S couplers (custom)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by senorspeedy a Cross Country Rider from edwardsville, il, usa

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2009

Strengths:    very strong, pretty colors in powder coat or anodized, tough side walls

Weaknesses:    too narrow for am mtb to heavy for much else

Bottom Line:   
These are tough to bend. Good bang for your buck rim as long as you don't have to worry about pinch flats do to the narrow profile. Would recommend this for cyclocross, commuters, hip fixies, and heavy road riders.

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Favorite Trail:   chubb

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   alex rims, mavic

Bike Setup:   Schwinn mesa gs, marzzochi marathon sl, this rim, panaracer fire xc

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Amaury Garcia a Cross Country Rider from Poughkeepsie, NY USA

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2004

Strengths:    They hold true very well despite "dead on" hits.

Weaknesses:    Sidewalls get dents and fold in on some areas causing pinch flats. Side walls have become concave on the braking surface.

Bottom Line:   
I really like these rims because they are strong and look amazing in yellow. I've had them for slightly over three years and had to true them very few times. Unfortunately I've noticed that the braking surfaces and the rim seam, which appears to be separating, are not conducive to safe riding. I'm not sure how many miles i've put on them, I know its at least 1000 miles, but perhaps that has something to do with it. If those kinks could be worked out I would definately buy a new set.

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Favorite Trail:   MTA Stewart "The Buffer"

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Online at Nashbar

Bike Setup:   Gt Aggressor 1.0 ball burnished, Xt 8 spd. shifter/drive train/hubs, Race Face prodigy cranks, sram powerlink chain, Lx brake levers to avid brakes, Rock Shox duke xc uturn. Irc Mythos 1.95

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by M Snow a Cross Country Rider from Mesa

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2003

Strengths:    Tough Tough Tough, I tacoed French junk 'Mavic' replaced with better French junk Mavic. I bought Velocity VXC's These because of Dave's Wheels in Fountain Hills Reviews. He doesn't mfc anything, only assembles. There is a reason he stays with these Velocity's. I found out. These wheels have no wiggle, warp or wabble.

Weaknesses:    There not made in France.

Bottom Line:   
Buy these rims, I put a three body slams into these and never bent anything but my body around the top tube of my bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Pass Mountain

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Adventure Bike

Similar Products Used:   Mavic

Bike Setup:   Titus switchblade, Chris King Hubs, steel spokes, brass nipples,

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Seeker a Cross Country Rider from SC

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2003

Strengths:    Offered in assymmetric rear rim model in 28,32,36 holes, front offered as symmetric, same drillings. Many colors available, anodize or powdercoat finish. Reasonable weight. Allows one to customize wheelset to user and conditions.

Weaknesses:    Poor quality control. High percentage of rims defective at seam. Overall poor seam joint, poor seam alignment, builds into a wheel with a hump at the seam. Cracked eyelet during build (or came cracked and didn't notice it beforehand).

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the SYNERGY model. No significant use so far, will followup later. Comments based on buildup of rims into new wheelset only.

As stated above, very customizable wheel. Assym rear
builds into stronger wheel.

My gripe is the poor QC on this product. Bought 4 rims, 3 were somewhat defective. Worst seam connection/alignment of any rims i've used in years. Rim meets up crooked at seam, gaps in sidewalls at seam(not welded). Built wheels exhibit a hump in roundness at seam, either due to mismatch of rim ends or inadequate bending at rim ends prior to joining. Must tension the crap out of spokes at the seam area to take out the hump, and even then its still there.

I also found a split eyelet in one of the rims (not pulled out of rim, but split on interior side.

Two other rims I built at this time from another manufacturer (WTB) were flawless and built-up better. And these were significantly less expensive than the Velocity rims.

Sent worst rim back to Velocity, they replaced it under warranty ASAP, great CS. I spoke to two folks at Velocity about the rim seam issue, they were evasive in their responses, it appeared they were trying to hide a known quality issue. I'm surspect there's more out there in inventories.

I should note that my two Cane Creeks use velocity rims (similar to Synergy model but no eyelets), and those are flawless. I guess they get the "first quality" rims.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   mavic, sun, wtb, araya, wolber

Bike Setup:   NA

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billy a Downhiller from Puyallup, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2002

Strengths:    Great Rim! I bought one for my Ellsworth after I busted My Sun Ringle Singletrack. I rode up and down stairs seeing if I could knock it out of true. I can't. Great Rim and Cool looks, especially with maxxis high rollers.

Weaknesses:    None yet!

Bottom Line:   
Great rim for agressive riders. I work at the shop I bought them from, so might be kinda pricey after a buildup. Way better than any rim I have seen. Check one out, and you'll see what I mean.

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Favorite Trail:   Some of my homemade DH courses

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Bonney Lake Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Sun Ringle Singletrack

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Specialist, Junior T, Singletrack up front, Velocity in back, Hayes in back, avid up front, Race face Diabolus, Easton EA 50 bars, Primo Platforms, and XT drivetrain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg a Cross Country Rider from NE Ohio

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2002

Strengths:    Nice looks, very strong, and reliable.

Weaknesses:    A tad heavy, but a small trade-off for durability and strength. Extra long valve stems make life easier.

Bottom Line:   
At 230lbs weak wheels do not last. With these rims I have no problems. On both my cycle cross & mountain bike the rims have been very reliable, with no problems. They stay true for the longest time.

I'm currently building the Velocity Synergy Disc Asym Rims. At 434 grams these are much lighter and will have to see if they hold up.

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Favorite Trail:   Many

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Bontranger Mustang & Mavics

Bike Setup:   I have cycle cross with Deep-Vs (700cc) & MB with Deep Vs (26").

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott K a Downhiller from CT

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2002

Strengths:    Strength
Looks


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
As a follow up to an earlier post, I now have three different sets of velocity rims each for a different bike. They original set I have is holding up without a problem, after years of trials riding, including 6 - 7 foot drops to flat concrete. In response to anyone complaining about the 'weak' sidewalls. You are not running enough tire pressure- it is not Velocity's fault, it is your own fault. It happened to me once- I dropped a burly rock face, flatted and the rim bent in slightly. If I was running enough tire pressure i wouldn't have flatted in the first place (not to mention if i was running any other rim it would have been completely wasted, not just a tweaked sidewall). I put an adjustable wrench to the rim, straitened it out, and they have been running perfectly ever since. If you are looking for a strong rim buy a velocity.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Benidorm Bikes

Similar Products Used:   No other rim compares.

Bike Setup:   Kona Stinky, Shiver SC, Hayes, King Hubs, Truvative Hussefelts, etc...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Biker animal a Downhiller from bikerville

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2001

Strengths:    Strong nice looks machined sidewalls cheep paid £130 for them laced onto 98 hope big uns with dt spokes

Weaknesses:    sidewalls are too weak bent it inwards on the last step of a 15 stair jump (but to be fair anything except a d321 would do this) also me not having enough speed to carry through the jump and also pinch flats with 45 -55 psi in them i think this is due to there no to wide profile

Bottom Line:   
nice rims for freeriders looking for nice strong rims thet can take vee brakes but want to have a break from the norm (mavic) although its has been taking the street abuse i have given it 15 + stairs and with botched landing this rim is good and if they dont last me to long for the price i paid for rims and hubs the rims were a bonus i only wanted the hubs so im going to run this rim into the ground i prefer the non pinch flat wide d321

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Favorite Trail:   fort bill (offbeat Dh)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   s/h

Similar Products Used:   mavic D521 cd 321 cd 521 ceramic sun ditchwitch fir ritchey rock ocr comp

Bike Setup:   marin b17 manitou forks hope bigun hubs velocity rims middleburn cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by scott edgcumbe a Downhiller from edinburgh,scotland

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2001

Strengths:    very strong rims.sidewalls are a bit week but nothing that a spanner cant bend back.cool coulors available.

Weaknesses:    side walls.lack of steel eyelets.

Bottom Line:   
very good rim.i have used them for years now for downhilling and apart from denting the brake walls they still as true as when i built them 3 years ago. had no problems using disc brakes with them either evn with my mega powered hope enduro 4,s . all other rims ive used have died beacuse the pressure these brakes put on them.really cant go wrong with this rim.go on you know you want them 8-)

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Favorite Trail:   fort william dh course

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   raw marketing

Similar Products Used:   mavic d521,all dh rims really!

Bike Setup:   coyotedh1, manitou ,hope, velocity, paul, l&m ,etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh a Racer from Stillwater, MN, USA

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2001

Strengths:    look awesome
cheap price
strong


Weaknesses:    weight
need special tubes


Bottom Line:   
I bought these rims because other people said they were strong and I thought they were really cool looking. I started building my own wheels a couple years ago, and have had great success. These were tricky to build for some reason, I think it had to do with the short length of the spokes compared to a normal rim and how deep the spoke nipples have to go. When I was done though they were awesome! I haven't bent them yet, which I think is because I hand built the wheels because my other wheels are also still unbent. The only thing I have against these rims is that I can't use a standard tube in them, only the ones with extra long valves. Which isn't a big deal, except that not all shops carry the longer ones.

In the end, anybody who wants a cool looking and strong set of wheels should buy these rims and learn to build their own wheels. It isn't hard, you can find instructions on the web.

If you have a thing against weight, well, don't buy these.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   nashbar

Similar Products Used:   stock generic junk rims

Bike Setup:   Mongoose NX 7.1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Racer from Bellevue, WA, US

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2001

Strengths:    bomb proof


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Maybe Bob rides on land mines but my experience with these rims has been nothing but awsome. I weigh 225lbs and had these hand built using Chris King hubs. In six months of training and racing, I have never even had to have these trued. I've blown more rims than I can count but these babies just keep on going. If you want bomb proof rims that are better than Sun Rhyno lites, then this is the one.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   nashbar

Similar Products Used:   Mavic, Sun/Ringle

Bike Setup:   Yeti, XTR, Chris King, Marzocchi, Thomson

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben a Racer from Hanover, NH

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2001

Strengths:    V-section, never out of true, strong.

Weaknesses:    The sidwalls aren't rock solid.

Bottom Line:   
These are solid rims. I race slalom, do lots of abusive riding, and these rims have yet to get knocked out of true! It's pretty impressive. I will say, in all honesty, that the sidewalls are not super solid. I have dinged them in a few times, but, and this is the cool part: I take an adjustable wrench, and bend the sidewall back out. Then, I don't notice any difference.
Plus, these things come in some sweet looking colors. The benefit of being able to run a very light spoke is nice. Plus, that v-section lets you run a shorter spoke as well.
So, go ahead, buy these rims. They're awesome. Have somebody good build them up, and you'll love them.

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Favorite Trail:   The AT

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Cambriabike.com

Similar Products Used:   Mavics are S H I T, bontragers(the mustangs are tops), spin, spinergy spox, tioga, azonic.

Bike Setup:   Avalanche, marzocchi, velocity's

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rik a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2001

Bottom Line:   
jerome wrote "Not offered in "disc-only" version"
the reason is, i found this out: after many months, maybe years, the rim wears out drastically. on 2 of mine, all these little cracks formed around the spoke holes, the cracks became worse, went all the way to the braking surface. having discs would speed things up dramatically (braking force travels through spokes to rims), and yeh, would be bad news, very bad!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jerome from Montreal, CANADA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2001

Strengths:    • Strength
• Not too expensive
• Look
• Choice of colors


Weaknesses:    • "V" shape
• Not offered in "disc-only" version


Bottom Line:   
I saw these rims for the first time in a bike shop (which has since became my LBS) and was amazed, at first, by their look. The Deep-V shape was awesome to the eye, plus the rims were available in red (to match the color of my bike). So, I eagerly read the reviews here and, since they were mostly very positive, I opted for these rims (my other choice at the time being the Rhyno Lites). At first, they felt heavy (I was used to Mavics 517 that are almost 1/4 lb lighter...) but got used to the weight. Once the spokes settled in, the rims never ever showed any trueing problem whatsoever. I never had to touch them (or, in that case, to bring them to my LBS). The only problem I met was to find appropriate tubes for them. Michelin, Schwalbe and IRC, among others, make long (Presta) valve tubes... but they're harder to find in thicker DH type. Anyway, since then, I did some downhilling with these rims and putting a 2.5 tire in the front was no problem, even though they're quite narrow. The plus is that the V-Shape helps reduce the inner diameter of the wheels, making them stronger (I use a 3-cross patern with 14-gauge spokes). So, for now, I'm pretty satisfied with the Deep-Vs and would recommend them to anyone looking for great-looking, durable, versatile rims (light enough for cross-country but strong enough for light DH).

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Favorite Trail:   Montagne des Roches

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   A lot

Bike Setup:   98' FSR Elite with many custom parts and travel upgrades

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