Mavic C29SSMAX Disc Wheelset

3.91/5 (22 Reviews)
MSRP : $231.99


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Legendary Crossmax durability, stiffness and lightweight is now available in a 29" wheelset. This wheel uses specific 29" ISM technology to deliver the lowest inertia of any 29" wheel on the market.


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by FujNoob a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2013

Strengths:    Rims and spokes have been sturdy

Weaknesses:    Rear freehubhub design is terrible.

Bottom Line:   
First the good. The front wheel has been outstanding. 3k + miles and still spins true. Light and tough. Also the rim and spokes for the rear wheel have been good. Same as the front that it still spins true after all the miles.

Now the bad. The design of the FTS-X rear freehub system is terrible. The nylon bushing in the freehub needs monthly maintenance and will eventually wear the hub body down to the point where the hub body needs to be replaced. But.. Mavic doesn't sell that as a part. Go ahead and order replacement spokes as soon as you purchase the wheels as Mavic probably won't have them in stock when you need them. Be prepared for pawls to break apart and gouge the hub body due to the design of the freehub.

I love the toughness and durability of the front wheel and rear rim but would never purchase another Mavic product with this freehub design. The newest line has an updated design that should be much better but unless you enjoy working on your rear wheel alot stay away from these.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by S.O.B. a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2012

Strengths:    Lightweight, looks good, sounds good, kinda blingy (if that is important) and they are stiff/strong rims.

Weaknesses:    Broke more spokes then normal with these wheels (though the rims always stayed true). Spokes are proprietary and your lbs must by 12 at a time (or so they told me that is how mavic sells them).

Bottom Line:   
I bought these used from a friend who had them as his back up wheelset. They were solid though I did break spokes on ~ 3 occasions over 4 months. These use proprietary hollow aluminum spokes (cool looking) rather than typical steel J bend spokes, so most LBS's will need to order them. Buy an extra few to have with you on trips in case you need a replacement. Overall the wheelset was solid. I did service the rear hub (info can be found online). Easy to service them as they require mineral oil on the pawls...I eventually sold them to get a set of Stans Arch wheels, not because I did not like these, but because I reeeally wanted white rims, so there ya go.

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Favorite Trail:   286 (NC), Auburn SRA

Duration Product Used:   4 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   Vuelta, Stans, Mavic 819 and 717...

Bike Setup:   Light!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by A Drum

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2012

Strengths:    Rolls great...love the way they look. I have really enjoyed them and no regrets.

Weaknesses:    Think my rear hub is toast with low milage and less than a year of use. Lots of hits online stating this is a huge issue. I am 6ft, 175lbs and only ride in dry conditions. Hope Mavic and LBS do the right thing! Trek 29er hardtail

Bottom Line:   
I think the wheels are awesome based on short term review.....jury is out on rear hub issue.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jonshonda

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2012

Strengths:    Strong hoops and spokes, mounts up tubeless like magic.

Weaknesses:    I toasted the rear hub within 200 miles, Mavic did warranty and gave me a complete new wheelset. Proprietary spokes can be a pita if you break them. No shop carries them, and your lucky if Mavic even has them in stock. Damn french

Bottom Line:   
I would like to start out by saying that I started riding these at 308lbs, so I am prob far out of the range of riders that would best be suited by this wheelset.

I purchased these as my first nice wheelset for my mtnbike. I instantly felt how much lighter they were than my stock wheelset. They seemed to roll smooth, and fast.

They did flex a fair amount, proven by tire rub in the rear when I ran my winter meats. I did only have to have them adjusted once in 200 miles. One of the things I didn't think about when purchasing these wheels is the special spokes they are laced with. Break one and you are gonna be down for a week min. to wait for a replacement, and that is if Mavic even has them in stock. Inventory sounds like a major issue with Mavic in the USA.

After approx. 200ish miles my rear hub had a failure. My lbs sent pics of the issue, and Mavic said it was in fact a warranty issue, but that they would charge my lbs $200 to fix the hub??, which meant it had to be sent in to Mavic. It was something neither the lbs or myself understood, but we sent the wheel in. A month went by with NO WORD from Mavic, so the lbs gave them a jingle.

"Oh, we are out of hubs for that wheel, and don't know when stock will be back in", direct quote from Mavic. But they did respond quite nicely by offering a complete new wheelset. WOW!! Both the lbs and I were shocked.

Well, instead of chancing another broken hub ( like I said, I don't think Mavic (aka the french) have any riders over 180lbs in mind when building products. So I was able to trade those wheels, ( which as of two months after the phone call have yet to show up to the lbs) for some Chris Kings/Stans Flow EX wheels. I would def go with the CK/Flow wheelset any time over Mavic. Much more stiff, and robust wheelset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012

Strengths:    Light weight, strong and reasonably quiet. No rim tape required

Weaknesses:    Proprietary spokes are expensive

Bottom Line:   
These wheels are excellent. I used them to replace the stock rims on my Anthem X 29er and they well worth the expense. After 1 year of riding I have no problems or complaints.

Setting these wheels up with tubeless tires is very easy. It makes me wonder why hardly any other manufacturers offer wheels that don't require rim strips.

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Favorite Trail:   401

Purchased At:   JensonUSA


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nicky

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2012

Strengths:    Very strong and fast roller

Weaknesses:    none sofar

Bottom Line:   
I am a big boy that enjoy cycling. I ride a full Carbon bike and rode with a set of Roval rims. endless prolems braking spokes. after replacing them with the Crossmax29 I had no issues for 5 months with lots of miles on different trails. I am interested in seeing what the future holds

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob12676 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2011

Strengths:    Light and stiff. I put these wheels on after 1 month of running the stock Specialized wheelset and it totally transformed the way my bike rides and handles.

Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
This is the first set of performance 29er wheels I have used and for and off the shelf upgrade they have performed flawlessly. I have had zero issues and I'm not a small guy, 6'4" and 195lbs.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   Cross max st 26" set, the stock Specialized wheels that came with my bike.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 29

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve S a Cross Country Rider from El Cerrito, CA and Albuquerque, NM

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2010

Strengths:    After two season's riding, I've found these wheels to be bombproof. I haven't had the trouble that others have (weigh 170).

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I had good service from these wheels on my Fisher HiFi Pro 29, and expect the same with my Santa Cruz Tallboy

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Favorite Trail:   China Camp, Marin County, and the Sandia Foothills Trails, NM

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   Bontragers - awful (see other review of Bontrager wheels).

Bike Setup:   2008 Fisher HiFi Pro 29 mostly stock with these wheels replacing the Bontragers. Just purchased a Santa Cruz Tallboy with the 2011 version of these wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shbtown a Cross Country Rider from Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2010

Strengths:    Looks, true tubeless design of the rims and strength.

Weaknesses:    None to date.

Bottom Line:   
Superb wheelset which I drove cross country now for about 1,000 miles without issues. They are still true and spin up fast and enabled me to knock off 1.2 lbs off the stock wheelset. Total weight of the wheelset (excluding skewers) is 1,755 grams and IMO it will be tough to find a better wheelset for the price balancing weight, stiffness and ease of running the wheelset tubeless with TLR tires.

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Favorite Trail:   Various trails in the Taunus hills

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   HiBike

Similar Products Used:   Stock 29er wheels from Scott Scale 29 with DT Swiss rims and spokes and Shimano Deore hubs.

Bike Setup:   Scott Scales 29 AL frame with upgrades @ 23.5 lbs ready to ride

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark_459 a Racer from Wisconsin

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2010

Strengths:    Strength

Weaknesses:    Stupid Freehub design

Bottom Line:   
I have used these wheels for two years, they have NEVER given me any problems. The only that sucks about the wheels is that the freehub needs to be replaced to frequently, in my opinion. Other than that never had to do anything to them except mount tires and ride. The wheels have all kinds of battle wounds from rocks, sticks, etc. from racing/riding for 2 years in the Wors series and a lot of trail riding.

As usual Mavic has a fantastic product. The Bontrager Rhythms are junk wheels, they are now my back up of which they haven't been touched in two years.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager

Bike Setup:   Stock GF Paragon (junk frames)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Randall in NC a Cross Country Rider from Conover, NC

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2010

Strengths:    A durable, somewhat light weight, tubless wheeset.

Weaknesses:    The wheels could be lighter if the durability is maintained.

Bottom Line:   
I am 179lbs and have been riding this wheelset cross country for the past year on trails with large roots, baby head sized rocks, and a few small drops (20") with no issues. These wheels have not even required truing. If you are shopping for a durable somewhat light 29" wheelset then take a close look at these.

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Favorite Trail:   Warrior Creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Lightning Cycles

Similar Products Used:   26" Mavic Crossmax, Specialized Roval 26", 29" Industry 9 + Bontrager Duster Rims

Bike Setup:   2010 Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon Expert 29er HT, Fox fork, X9 drivetrain

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by 1mtjeepster a Cross Country Rider from White City, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2010

Strengths:    Good looks and fairly lite.

Weaknesses:    If you brake or bend a spoke you better have more in hand

Bottom Line:   
Better have spare spokes in hand. Bent a spoke, went to my local BS, said it would be three weeks before Mavic could send them out. You see, they said they were out. Called my local BS after three weeks, still no spokes, said it would be another three weeks. So my wheel is going to be down for six weeks in the beginning of race season. Did they run out of Zicral? Did Mavic dropped the ball? Did they forget to make spare spokes? Who knows. On top of all this you can't get one spoke, you have to buy $40.00 worth of spokes for one spoke. I am grateful for one thing though. I do have a spare set of American classics with standard J bends that you can get anywhere. I would give this wheel set one flammin chili, but if you can't use them I think they shouldn't get any. American Classics all the way and there liter and faster. Cheers. Well it looks like I have to at least give them one chili.

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Favorite Trail:   Every garsh darnd one

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Marty's cycle, Medfo

Similar Products Used:   Everything

Bike Setup:   Niner HT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alpeddd a Racer from okc, ok

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2010

Strengths:    fast acceration, stiffer than my 2 yr. old bontanger race x lites

Bottom Line:   
get em' they're fast

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Favorite Trail:   clearbay, norman ok

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   bontrager racex lites

Bike Setup:   redline, 2 yrs on ss, just now 1x9

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Clay a Cross Country Rider from Tulsa, OK

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2010

Strengths:    Aesthetics, stiff enough for technical riding. Power Transfer, Tubeless

Weaknesses:    Rear hub, durability, serviceability

Bottom Line:   
I used Mavic 26" crossmax sl's faithfully for 6 years. Other than replacing freehub bodies, I had no problems. HOWEVEAR, DON'T BUY THESE POS's. I got my first pair Dec 2008. I rode them alot, but ran into a problem last July (2009). On a bike trip to Colorado, one of the pawls exploded in the hub. The schrapnel damaged the actual body of the hub that the freehub attached to. The dealer said it was toast. I could send it to Mavic but it probably wasn't a warranty and would probably be $200 with shipping. Instead I ponied up $450 for a new rear wheel. Fast forward to April 2010. Same thing happened. Took the freehub body off and blammo. The pawl is exploded and took out a chunk of the hub. I'm done with these.

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Favorite Trail:   CO Trail - Kennebec to Town

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   treefort bikes, whea

Similar Products Used:   Crossmax SL 26", American Classic 29er Tubeless

Bike Setup:   Titus racer-x 29er. XT rings and cassette, elixir brakes, sram x0 shifting and der.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mikesbike a Cross Country Rider from Laguna, Calif.

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight, good looks, tubeless ready, accelerates faster, previous great experiences with many Mavic products

Weaknesses:    Skewers are not as secure and have plastic lever parts. Front wheel is making a strange noise as though the spokes are going to rip out under hard braking or under load. Front wheel does not not track as accurate as the DT Swiss(heavier) I replaced.

Bottom Line:   
I was a diehard Mavic fan, never even had to true thier wheels after a season or two of riding. Considered buying
Stan's Arch 29er wheelset and Roval 29er set, all in the 1750 gram weight range.This bike is my first experience with a 29er. My weight is about 175lbs., I ride mostly cross country trail riding and do some amature racing.

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Favorite Trail:   Meadows @ Aliso Woods

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   DT Swiss 29er 450SL wheelset, Mavic Crosstrail, Crossride
26" wheelsets.


Bike Setup:   2010 Specialized Epic Comp 29er with many replaced lighter parts, Thompson post, X9 shifters, Xt crank, Easton carbon bar. Bike weighs just under 27lbs.

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