from Rutland, Vermont
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2006
Strengths: Sweet looking.
Weaknesses: Within an hour of my first ride with these puppies, I took a sharp corner, kicked up a stone, and it broke the spoke at the nipple and put a flatspot the size of a 50 cent piece on the rear wheel. End my experience with these, enter Bombshells!!
I wouldn't spend another penny on Atom Labs. Bombshell so far is the only way to go with DH wheels. Definetly not as strong as they are made out to be!
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2005
Strengths: ooowee! this wheelset is strong. Ive been doing mass urbin hucks to flat (3-9ft)no prob! I bought the bike used with the wheel set. The berrings went bad , so I emailed the company and they sent me new berrings out of good faith. super cool! Rims are tough, Hubs make perfect sense.
Bike Setup: Bullit, 888R, Hayes Mag, Intense and Maxxis tires...
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2004
Strengths: strong, no flatspots no need to true,
Weaknesses: some say heavy, if you want strenght you normally have to pay for it (in weight)
i have 3 of them (one 32 hole left over because i changed to 36 hole in the back) and i land jumps/drops like crap and they are still going strong. o yeah dont use them with vs or the nice gloss black will come off doubt it damages it though
Similar Products Used: mavics, crap that comes on cheap bikes
Bike Setup: toy 3, 03 z1s qr20, 26" pimps, hope bulbs, blickspire bits, m4 disks
from Tokyo Japan
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2003
Strengths: These wheels are just awesome ! Looked around at a lot of wheels when I was buying and found these. I will never need to buy another wheel. Downhill, freeride you name it what ever you can dish out these babies will take it.
from Kailua, Hawaii
Date Reviewed: July 18, 2003
Strengths: These are cheap. Yup that is about the only thing that is strong.
Weaknesses: After about 5 runs down the course they sh*t the bed. WEAK!!!!!
THE TRAIL GIMPS ARE THE WORST RIM I EVER USED. I had a set of Rhyno Lites that held up longer. The rims now have a huge bulge along with a crack on both sides of the rim. The bottom line is that there are much better built rims on the market. The Double Wides are the only rims that havn't been untrue or have any flat spots, The intense Mag-30 only needed to be trued once so far. Spend a little extra money any get something good and proven. I gave them 3 chilis for value cause they are cheaper than most rims, and 1 chili cause they are pieces of sh*t.
Similar Products Used: Intense Mag-30, Mavic 321, Sun Double Wides, Tioga DH.
Bike Setup: 2003 Wade Simmons RM7, Mr. T, Hayes, Race Face cranks, MRP guide, & MAVIC 321 now.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 20, 2003
Strengths: FREEKIN AWSOME!!BOINT BLANK!!SHUT UP,'NUFF SAID!!!They hold up to ME!I don't own a car and ride everywhere.They era by far the best and toughest rims I've ridden on.The fact that they're bad ass nlack is cool too,but realy they are just MAD FUNCTIONAL.If you are looking for a great heavy duty rim that does more than cross through..'COM GET SOME!!If you're looking for a rim a bit lighter,suggest you try the dhr..Those are cool also,but not wide enough..race thing ,I guess.DIG THIS....They also say "TRAIL PIMP",check it out!!!PEACE
Weaknesses: The fact that the rest of my bike may not hold up pass these things....but hey.
get the rims,set up w/your choice of hubs and get dt spokes and all is well.
Similar Products Used: Cross Max,SPINERGY,BONTRAGER..blah,blah,blah...CRAP,crap,crap.
Bike Setup: Ellsworth ID,Z1freeride,chris king steelhs,ea50 bar,avid ballbearing disk f/r:get the full metal jacket for these things and different pads and they'll wrk great,ultimate levers,dt spokes,stealth f/r hubs,avid flack jacet cbls..etc
from SO CAL
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2003
Strengths: These wheels are seriously strong. They come in 36 hole. have a really tall/wide profile. Work great for DH or Freeride. They're stout on even the biggest hits. Way cheaper than alternative wheelsets of the same strength.
Weaknesses: They don't have machined sidewalls, (bummer for the V-brake guys)and they don't have eyelets on the trailpimps.
I had these wheels built by hand because i tend to wreck wheels, specifically prebuilt stuff. Heavy duty drops and downhill riding have yet to affect my A-Lab Trailpimp wheel set. Paying a little more $$ for some quality handbuilt wheels is where its at. The wheel builder at beyondbikes dialed these in perfect for taking heavy abuse, and Atomlab built some seriously "tough as hell" rims that are stout enough to handle it all...
Similar Products Used: Rhino lites, Double wides, 321 mavics, and intense mag 30's
Bike Setup: Ellsworth joker with a junior t 03, and trailpimps on the free hub that came with the fork from beyondbikes.com, and xt components with hayes & misc. Azonic and Raceface that i had already.
from flatlands of indiana
Date Reviewed: January 4, 2003
Strengths: Look awesome! very strong, great for riders that don't land straight when jumping. "Tough as HELL" just like they say. would rec. over mavics for cost
Weaknesses: When I received them they were square but I Know how to true rims and they came out fine" working at the bike shop helps" would strongly rec. order rims and biuld with dt spokes and fav. hubs
tight on money and have a good bike shop rim set would be a good investment, if you can afford custom wheelset get rims and hubs or rims and custom hubs.
Bike Setup: Stink Primo w/ z1 20mm R/F downhill crank xt/xtr hayes purple freeride discs
from state college,pa,usa
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2002
Strengths: tough and sexy. all black
Weaknesses: CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!!! i just have the rear trailpimp. i broke the rear hub and sent it back to atomlab because they said they woulf fix it for me free of charge. two weeks went by and i heard nothing so i called them. they said that they had forgotten to order the replacement parts. two more weeks went by. i called them again...they had just received the parts. they said that i would get an email when it was sent to me. a week went by without any email. i called them again. they were waiting for the shipping guy to package it. another week went by...i was getting pissed. i called them again. they said that they would get ti it that same day. another week went by...i called again! guess what?!! they said that they lost the wheel! i was pissed!!! i called the manager and explained everything. he said that they would send me a new wheel. that made me happy...temporarily. a week went by...no wheel yet. i called again...they didnt send it yet. finally ten days later i received the damn wheel!!!!!!!!!!
everybody breaks stuff so i was not upset about the quality of atomlabs wheels. they are strong wheels that take everything that you could imagine. atomlabs products are top notch in terms of quality, durability, and design but the customer service is the worst that i have ever dealt with. i would advise anyone that is interested in their products to choose another company to deal with. if you do choose atomlab, just hope that they never break. if they do break, fix it yourself. their employees are smoking too much pot out there in california. 5 flamin' terds for quality of product. 1 flamin' terd for poor customer service
Bike Setup: specialized big hit, monster T's, 24/7 cranks, mrp, tioga, hope brakes.
from College Station, TX
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2002
Strengths: Looks like a really tough wheelset. The rim is rather tall and could take a beating.
Weaknesses: I broke the cassette hub body after only two hours of riding. The biggest weakness is AtomLab customer service. I ordered my wheelset as QR front and rear. They arrived as a 20mm front hub and the correct rear. The front hub was damaged due to improper packaging (the hub was poking out of the box). They were supposed to ship the correct wheel to replace the front--one week went by. When riding, I broke the rear hub. They were supposed to send two new wheels--two more weeks went by. I called and said I wanted to get a refund--two weeks went by.
This trend is unacceptable to me. I understand that small businesses cannont please everyone, but the service I received was sub par. The products that AtomLab makes look and probably are really tough. Realize though that a product (and warranty) is only as good as the service (and thus the company) behind it.
for the atom lab trailpimp DHR:
can I use standard nipples, or do I need to order the larger atomlab nipples?
......since this is the dhr rim, people are telling me a buncha different thin ... Read More »
I've recently bought and assembled (and will probably have to send back because the horizontal dropout has bent) an Atomlab Trailpimp frame. A couple of people have given it poor reviews because of problems with running a rear disc on the removable dropout/chain tensioners. Has anyone else had this ... Read More »