Performance Forte Tarramax Wheelset

3.6/5 (10 Reviews)


Product Description

  • These heavy-duty wheels are built for the extreme cross-country rider.
  • Alloy rims with machined sidewalls for optimum braking in all condition
  • Disc hubs and rim brake compatible rims give you the choice of braking systems
  • Built tough with 32 stainless steel spokes laced 3-cross for reliable strength and durability


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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mark Wallace a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: August 18, 2012

    Strengths:    Fairly light

    Weaknesses:    Spokes began breaking after only a few months of riding.

    Bottom Line:   
    Don't buy any performance brand product!!! They do not stand about the products with their name on it!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Arizona Trail

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $160.00

    Purchased At:   Performance Bike Tuc

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic, Shimano

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Stump Jumper 2005. Stock set up.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by crfoot a Cross Country Rider from so. cal.

    Date Reviewed: April 5, 2011

    Strengths:    Price..lasted

    Bottom Line:   
    Used for over a year. From local climbs to Mammoths downhills and no problems. Cant beat the price

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   store

    Similar Products Used:   DT swiss

    Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Vociferous a Cross Country Rider from Stoneham, MA

    Date Reviewed: December 26, 2010

    Strengths:    Disc brake compatible, cartridge bearings. Strong, stiff, fairly light.

    Weaknesses:    Not crazy about the painted spokes.

    Bottom Line:   
    A good replacement when my original rim bit the dust after 8.5 years. No problems. Performance price and service is a bonus.

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    Favorite Trail:   Moose Run, Wellington State Park

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   Vuelta VXC.

    Bike Setup:   IRC Mythos XC tires, Synchros rim strip, SRAM 5.0 brakes.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by boludaso a Cross Country Rider from rsm, CA

    Date Reviewed: June 17, 2010

    Strengths:    Light enuf, strong enuf.

    Weaknesses:    They are not made by a swiss company

    Bottom Line:   
    Unless you remove the bearing covers and pack with grease, do not take these in water or rain. The bearings are sealed, but after a rain ride the bearings rusted. Replaced by performance with no problem. Since then I packed the bearing area with grease and no problems. I've ridden these wheels at Mammoth, Gooseberry, Socal, Moab and Brianhead. They have taken 4 foot drops without a problem and I have never had to true them yet. Love these wheels. Wish they were prettier. Wish they were 9mm thru axles.

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    Favorite Trail:   GOOSE

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $120.00

    Purchased At:   PERFORMANCE

    Similar Products Used:   Too many


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by wutty3 a Cross Country Rider from Spring TX

    Date Reviewed: June 6, 2010

    Strengths:    Sealed cartridge bearings roll SMOOOOTH especially after break-in. Looks good on bike. Light. Can be used with disk or rim brakes. Stays true and the bearings don't have to be adjusted every 5 minutes.

    Weaknesses:    I'm a Schrader fan. Drilled for Presta. I'll get over it. I prefer eyeleted spoke holes but have not had any issues so far. Rims are pinned instead of welded.

    Bottom Line:   
    I was leary of Forte wheels after I got some crap tires and a crap cassete by Forte. Almost didn't buy them but for the price. I'm glad I bought them. The hubs are great and maintenance free. Just don't overtighten your skewers. The rims are pinned instead of welded and no eyelets but I've had no issues after several runs on the trails. I ride appox 100 miles a week depending on weather and these wheels have not let me down. plus they solve some issues with brake rotor/caliper alignment. Don't know who makes Forte Wheels but they're great for the money. Buy 'em!

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    Favorite Trail:   Cypresswood

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $175.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   Crappy Shimano Deore M525 w/RhynoLite rims. The rims were bomb proof but the hubs SUCKED. AlexRims TD24(Rolled nice but crappy rims got a wheel hop on rear after the first few rides).

    Bike Setup:   Mongoose Tyax Pro Sram X-9 rear der X-7 front der X-7 Shifters. PG 980 cass. PC971 chain.Race Face Ride XC crank Terramax Wheels with Hutchinson Python AirLight tires.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Nighthawkdc5 a Weekend Warrior from Orange County CA

    Date Reviewed: April 16, 2009

    Strengths:    Amazing quality for the price. This wheel set is dual use compatible user can choose to use either rim or disc brakes. Wheels are priced as a set after discount for 119.00 plus tax in store this price includes a 20% friendly neighbor discount. Overall this wheelset is light enough for xcountry riding with sealed hubs that spin very smoothy over rocks. I ride bmx dirt trails near my place that has pump trails and DH riding with some nice jumps. So far so good no problems whatsoever. Lookout for Forte products they are priced well and have real performance advantages over similar products priced higher. On a scale of 1-10 low-high this product rates at a strong 8. Go for it!

    Weaknesses:    Rims may be too light for aggressive riding. If you are into sticker and logo power this wheelset may not be appealing to you. Physical appearance is lacking the wow factor but quality and performance make up for the looks.

    Bottom Line:   
    Money and value are more important than overpriced products these days. If you are on a budget but are serious about the love for this sport I would recommend this product to you. I'm a weekend warrior who likes to ride hard if this product can last me until I have enough cash for my dream bike than I am totally satisfied with this purchase.

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    Favorite Trail:   Whiting Ranch & Top of the World

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $119.00

    Purchased At:   Performance Bike (In

    Similar Products Used:   Starcircle wheel set

    Bike Setup:   Rockshox team reba dual air fork/SP rear shock coil/race face evolution xc handlebar & stem/ race face deus xc crankset with dh bb/SRAM X7 triggers/Shimano Deore Front Der./SRAM X9 Rear Der./SRAM p990 9 speed cassette & SRAM 970 9 Spd Chain powerlink/Avid juicy disc brakes/Forte terramax xc wheelset/Schwinn Procomp Frame

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by tlempke a Weekend Warrior from Dublin Ohio

    Date Reviewed: April 7, 2009

    Strengths:    Light weight, relatively inexpensive, strong, they can take a beating, the hub allows you to mount discs if you have them


    Weaknesses:    Haven't found any so far I am pretty impressed with the rims.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are good rims for the money. When I was buying a new set after bending my stock rims (which I rode on for three years) I wanted to find a rim that allowed the mounting of disks brakes in case I chose to upgrade so that was a big sell point for me. Overall I am really impressed with the rims.

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    Favorite Trail:   Alum Creek P1/P2

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   Performance In Store


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Zuu a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2009

    Strengths:    Tough Wheelset, pretty light. cheap when on sale, every other week it seems like.

    Bottom Line:   
    I ride 4-5 times a week on these wheels and after six months I have not had to true them once. I weigh 260+ and ride hard, not extreme but hard. I have had no problems with them yet.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $175.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   alex stock wheels so I don't have much to compare to.

    Bike Setup:   K2 zed 2.0, XT crank, Tora 318 fork, BB7s, XT drivetrain

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Chiefer a Weekend Warrior from fc, co, usa

    Date Reviewed: June 22, 2008

    Strengths:    Price

    Weaknesses:    Durability?

    Bottom Line:   
    I agree - The Forte' Terramax rear wheel - it's louder that normal. Also, the first big rock kicked up into it tacoed it - not enough to to keep me from riding- but I'm switching to disc brakes. I was going to buy a front Forte' and I was hoping there was more than one review. Guess I'll keep pricing.

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    Favorite Trail:   Shoreline

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic, Bontrager

    Bike Setup:   Gary Fischer Sugar

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jameson a Weekend Warrior from Kansas

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2008

    Strengths:    Wheelset feels light and strong. Tires and tubes when on fine. The combined wheelset was 1 lb lighter than products of equal price. The Back wheelset has a louder freewheel but I like this. It locks in hard.

    Weaknesses:    After only 5 miles my front rim Tacoed. I weigh about 195 so I wouldn't have expected this. I Hopped a down tree and caught a small burm on the backside at an angle and that's all she wrote for this rim. I got to shoulder my bike out :(

    Bottom Line:   
    I hate to be the first to review this product.

    I have a friend who bought these same rims on a similar time frame and LOVES them.

    I am a very hard rider and very demanding on my bike. it has had to have several parts replaced in the first 5 months of ownership. The rim Tacoing was probably user inflicted, however, I didn't expect these rims/wheels.. Which were marketed as very strong. To taco on a slow speed tree hop. I am not going to discourage you from trying these... But at the same time... I personally am on the hunt for a stronger rim/Wheelset

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    Favorite Trail:   SlaughterPen Hollow/Lake Leatherwood

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $119.00

    Purchased At:   performancebicycle.com

    Similar Products Used:   Alex DP 17 (Stock Rims)

    Bike Setup:   Windsor Cliff 4900 Stock w/ Eggbeaters

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