Mavic X221 UB Wheelset

2.56/5 (48 Reviews)
MSRP : $259.00


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Mavic X221 UB


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mmont0 a Weekend Warrior from Columbia, MD USA

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2008

Strengths:    Strong rim
Not very heavy for price


Weaknesses:    Not very light rims

Bottom Line:   
Wheels have stayed true even after hitting a root at 30 mph with front wheel and doing a nice flip. I was amazed that nothing broke and the wheel was still in one piece.

Haven't had any problems yet and bought for new bike mated with LX hubs for a great deal.

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $113.00

Purchased At:   Came with bike/Cambr

Bike Setup:   99 stumpjumper - Front hub is Stout, Rear is Specialized
06 orbea - Front/Rear hub is Shimano LX

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by C P Chambone from Land of milk and honey

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2007

Strengths:    Weight/price ratio, looks

Weaknesses:    Spoke breakage

Bottom Line:   
Although properly tightened, rear wheel spokes keep breaking. I suspect the reason for this is that the spoke nipples don't line up with the spokes, so they're always slightly bent where they leave the nipples, which in time leads to breakage. I replaced about twenty spokes in 1.5 years of light riding. I weigh 190 pounds, but ride this bike around town most of the time. Riding off a curb is already where it starts getting risky. You probably won't come across these wheels anymore, but if anyone tries to push these on you don't fall for it.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   150

Bike Setup:   Giant frame, sram shifting, avid discs/levers, shimano cranckset/pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lance Uppercut a Downhiller from Marngo, illinois, USA

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2005

Strengths:    Its a nice rim once you put some work into it, i took it to the bike shop a day after i got it because the spokes came loose. all he did was lock em tight and lock tight them. (thats right lock tight) and its holding tight

Weaknesses:    first time ride sucks so much.

Bottom Line:   
its a good rim but be ready for the first ride something to fall out or somthing to break

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $95.00

Purchased At:   Outdoor Recreation

Similar Products Used:   Alex DH 20

Bike Setup:   Diamondback Topanga XC with 108 MM of travel on Judy XC fork.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by VetMXR a Cross Country Rider from Michigan

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2004

Strengths:    Inexpensive, rim itself seems fairly robust

Weaknesses:    Spoke breakage

Bottom Line:   
Rims need quite a bit of attention to keep them straight and true. Spoke breakage is a problem, but I believe that Specialized spec'd a bad set of spokes with these rims. I've broken at least a dozen spokes out of the rear wheel, but none of the replacement spokes have ever broken. Also, the spokes have always broken at the nipple, never at the hub. Overall, the rim itself has held up well to my 190lb in some fairly tight, technical trails over the past few years. With a little attention they hold up well.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Matrix Mt. Titans on Bullseye hubs

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper FSR Comp with Hayes Hydraulics, Panaracer Fire XC's

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mark a Weekend Warrior from Flagstaff, AZ, US

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2004

Strengths:    Never been broken so bad that they couldn’t be fixed.

Weaknesses:    It seems that they are constantly untrue

Bottom Line:   
Great front wheel, no problems. Get a different wheel for the rear even if you only do light trail riding and trips across town.

I weigh 150 lbs and don’t do drops, jumps, DH, or anything that could cause bodily injury.
Really… I walk it down stairs and steep rocky inclines. No matter how light I ride they come untrue. The guy at the bike shop laughs every time I bring them in to get fixed, which is pretty often.

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Favorite Trail:   Broken Arrow, sedona

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Came with Schwinn Moab 1

Similar Products Used:   mavic 117's

Bike Setup:   Standard Schwinn Moab 1 '98, upgraded brakes, shifters, Derailleurs.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan a Racer from Arvada,CO

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2003

Strengths:    Very durable wheelset. Minimal wheel truing needed over three years of use, usually when I broke a spoke 3x's.


Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
Although the wheelset is heavy it is also very durable. These wheels should have been tacoed at least three times but all I could do is break a spoke or two in some serious wrecks. I highly reccommend them for any rider around 200 lbs looking for a reliable wheelset.

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Favorite Trail:   anything front range

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Wheatridge cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager race lite,Mavic crossroc UST

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper Pro xt/xtr

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bruce Stroup a Cross Country Rider from Flagstaff AZ

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2003

Strengths:    I got the Wheels as a Buy It now off of E-bay for 94.00 Mavic 221/LX hube from New Revolution Cycles The wheels came True and are steel True I am very happy with the way they have performed! Thanks Mavic for a good wheel at a great price!

Weaknesses:    Mavic 138 or 517

Bottom Line:   
A good wheel at A good Price

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $94.00

Purchased At:   www.nrcycles.com


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider from Chicago

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2003

Strengths:    They are light and look pretty sweet

Weaknesses:    They need to be trued often and don't take hitswell.

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden on these for about a year and they gave me only a few problems. I didn't mind truing them, I expect to have to do that. But then last week I was dumb and hit the back wheel as I was jumping up some stairs and it dented the rim and left me with a large flat spot. I was dumb, but I feel like these wheels should have held up to one hard hit. I only weigh 120 lbs, so I was very surprised when one hit did so much damage. These work pretty well for light XC riding, but don't go too hard on them, they won't withstand much punishment.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Bike Setup:   Schwinn rocket 88

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mark S. a Cross Country Rider from Laguna Niguel, CA

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2003

Strengths:    See to work well as a front wheel only. Disc ready.

Weaknesses:    I have ridden these wheels for about 6 months now and have had repeated issues with breaking spokes and tweaking the rims out of "true". Seems that anytime you ride with these wheels, they go wrong somehow. Overall, not up too semi-aggressive cross county riding.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that these wheels are weak. They break spokes and fall out of true almost every ride - on the rear only in my experience. Probably great for riding on the pavement only. I do not recommend these wheels for people who actually take their bikes off road. They came with my bike and I suspect Specialized had to make up the cost somewhere because of the great Fox Fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Lynx - Aliso Wood Canyon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Cam w/Bike - Specialized

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp - Fairly stock except for new wheel set (dumped the X221's) for Mavic CrossMax SL Disc. Added Avid mechanical disc brakes as well.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from Dallas

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2002

Strengths:    Awesome look; Red Anodized w/black DT's and Deore hubs; All new 2002. Cheap, Can't find no name wheelset for this price. Fairly Strong. Great Brake surface

Weaknesses:    Stay slightly out of true, but nothing to get pissed off about

Bottom Line:   
Use em right and they will treat you right. I turned my corvairs and no names into U's riding hard everyday. for less than a hundred dollars I have a wheel that hasn't turned into a U, and that is all that matters. If you ride hard your wheels aren't in true. They are solid, narrow, and fast. Even if they don't last another year, they only cost 89.00, who cares how long they last. I could buy three pairs for the price of one good pair that will give me two or three good seasons.

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Favorite Trail:   Rowlett Creek Reserve

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $89.00

Similar Products Used:   No name machined wheels, Bonty Corvairs, and 517's

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500, Manitou SX-r, easton carbon seatpost/monkeylite risers, XT derailluers/Cassette/Chain/Crankset, Conty XC, Profile design stem, pirelle san marco seat

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by joe bob a Cross Country Rider from canada

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2002

Strengths:    hub maybe only thing that hasn't broke

Weaknesses:    always needs trueing, iam 5'11" and weigh 195. many other people around that size seen to be having problems to. broke a number of spokes.

Bottom Line:   
are okay but if you are big you might have trouble with them. nd if you are a hard rider you might want to look into stronger rims.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $195.00

Similar Products Used:   sun cr 18

Bike Setup:   rocky mountain fusion with many upgrades

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Wayne a Cross Country Rider from Lebanon, NH, USA

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2002

Strengths:    Light weight, looks nice with brass nipples.

Weaknesses:    Does not stay true and dents after hard riding.

Bottom Line:   
Rims held up very well for the first four years on the hardtail, where I would baby the bike on jumps and rough terrain to avoid crashes. Occasionally did some hard rides, but I picked my lines carefully. No truing was ever needed.

But recently I started riding with much faster people on full suspension bikes, and following their lines over everything. The 221's have required truing after every few hard rides. I've even picked up two nasty dents in the rear from hard trail riding, so in addition to the seam gap, I can feel two more thuds under braking. And I'm only 135 lbs.

3 chilis for light weight and good looks, but it can't take the pounding of a hardtail when it really counts.

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Favorite Trail:   Gifford Pinchot

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Low-end stuff

Bike Setup:   1998 Stumpjumper M2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jobi sekobi a Cross Country Rider from SG

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2002

Strengths:    Light XC rims.. Value for money

Weaknesses:    did the job well... for its purpose at least..

Bottom Line:   
These babies are worth every penny.. i got it second hand from the net and have never had a need to true it.. I laced it with DT spokes to XT disc hubs, threw caution to the wind and used magura hydro's.. And they did the job just as well as any other disc specific rims.. They were never intended for freeride or dh/ds though so no point getting them all bent and broken after jumps and then start whining over it.. get the right set-up for your riding preference.. The X221 were made for XC riding and that's what u should use them for.. kapish!!

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Favorite Trail:   BT Trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Thru Net

Similar Products Used:   Velocity deep, Weinmann Zac19

Bike Setup:   Seven frame, XT & XTR kit, sid race

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Brock a Cross Country Rider from Massillon, oh

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2002

Strengths:    They are light and look decent the machined brake area ? is ok but thats about as far as it goes unless your LIGHT and don't like to go fast or over anything

Weaknesses:    they don't seem to like anyone over 120 lbs i weight 200 and blew out the spokes in the back within a week of getting my bike and now the front is bent so bad from one landing i can't imagine it being repairable

Bottom Line:   
At first when i got them it seemed like a decent rim the people at the shop told me they were good rims i have CODA expert hubs on them with disc mounts and within the first 20 miles i rode the back spokes all died just became one big bent up mess, now no more then 70 miles of it being fixed after jumping over a log landing on the front the rim just gave out like it was butter and twisted to hell, and of coarse it locked up and sent me over the bars which was nice....

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Favorite Trail:   vultures knob

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   gemini

Similar Products Used:   W. 519's that came on my old GT and a rim missing alot of spokes......

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F900SL all XT driveline, LX shifters, Crane creek levers, CODA everything else

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Cross Country Rider from Telluride, Co

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2002

Strengths:    Strong wheels
No Maintence


Weaknesses:    There definitly heavy compared to the 517's




Bottom Line:   
Ive had them trued one so far and have done close to 90 rides this summer. Ive abused them in moab, smashed them in fruita and have beaten them through out the san Juan mountains of colorado and they still roll. Hey what more could you want from a rim? If I was going to buy a new wheel and had money to spend sure Id get the 317's with chris King hubs but if the 221 come stock on you bike it should not be a part that will need to be upgraded anytime soon.

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Favorite Trail:   Eider creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   Bontager superstock

Bike Setup:   Rm Instinct

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