Velomax Climax Wheelset

4.9/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 1658 grams MSRP : $680.00


Product Description

  • Oversize suspension fork hub
  • Self adjusting sealed cartridge bearings with proprietary lubricant
  • Custom anodized alloy nipples (brass rear drive side)
  • Aero cross section rims
  • Double butted stainless steel spokes - black finish
  • Dark titanium gray anodized finish with machined braking surfaces


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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bruce James a Weekend Warrior from Burley, ID USA

    Date Reviewed: November 27, 2003

    Strengths:    Fairly lightweight, super strong, roll like a dream. Don't assume I'm gay if I think they're pretty! I'm not gay, they are pretty.

    Weaknesses:    None that I've found yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    Bottom line-two wrecks. The first should have taco'd my front wheel. It did manage to separate my shoulder. The second - somehow a nice thick stick found its way into my front wheel. Over the handlebars again. Didn't pop a spoke and the wheel is still perfectly true! At first I was hesitant to fork out even the 260,(I'm a tightwad) After riding on them for a year, highly recommend them to anyone looking for a good solid wheel. I would be glad to pay double to replace them. I feel my opinion is objective too, I would be happy to tell you if they sucked steaming chilis. If you want a good deal find them on eBay.

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    Favorite Trail:   any within my limited abilities

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $260.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Stock wheels on two different GT's

    Bike Setup:   GT I-drive 3.0 XT/XTR'd all over. Manitou Black Elite front. Fox Floater on the tail.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Clyde from Seattle

    Date Reviewed: November 28, 2002

    Strengths:    - Bombproof
    - light weight for the strength


    Weaknesses:    - cost is a rip off

    Bottom Line:   
    These wheelsets as well as their Rogue set are simply velocity rims with their own hubs. Do you want to build these wheels for half of what the MSRP is? By the Velicity Deep V and Aero Heat rims (about $25- $40 each and usually being on sale) and get some Chris King hubs. I've been using this combination for the last 3 years. I prefer the Aero Heat rims as the don't require the long tube stems (good luck finding these for mountain bikes).

    Also of note, I weigh 225lbs and have never had my rims trued even throug 3 race seasons. Enough said.

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    Favorite Trail:   all

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jeremy a Cross Country Rider from Rolla, MO

    Date Reviewed: November 25, 2002

    Strengths:    These wheels rock. I have to tell the world about them. Of course I could be like this because my last wheels sucked so bad. But I think they rock. The are light and spin like you would not beleive. Even riding my MTB across town is a lot better or a trip. Oh so light

    Weaknesses:    Going to be lots of bank when it comes time to replace a spoke but I have talked to many a racer and they say they have never had to replace one and few have even had to true them.

    Bottom Line:   
    You want to ride a lot or just dont want to ever mess with a wheel this is it for you.

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    Favorite Trail:   Mill Creek

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $275.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Nothing is similar

    Bike Setup:   Gary big sur. mix of xt and lx parts. time on the cranks

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Kris a Cross Country Rider from Bend, Or USA

    Date Reviewed: November 11, 2002

    Strengths:    these wheels are light, strong and well engineered.
    spin fast and look great.


    Weaknesses:    retail price is pretty expensive.
    i haven't had to replace a spoke yet, we'll see how that goes


    Bottom Line:   
    these wheels are really nice and i truly love them.
    i was somewhat skeptical when i purchased them because i got them off of e-bay and honestly knew nothing about them. i researched them, bought them and am very impressed. i felt compelled to write a review because they have improved my riding experience so much. retail price is high but they are available for much less if you look hard enough. the front hub is over-sized and adds torsional stiffness. these wheels spin smooth and fast and hold up to quite a bit of pounding. so far so good.

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    Favorite Trail:   bachelor to bend

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $315.00

    Purchased At:   e-bay

    Similar Products Used:   shimano xt, mavic 217

    Bike Setup:   kona munimula, marzocchi z4, race face next, avid etc.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Perci a Weekend Warrior from Detroit, MI

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 2002

    Bottom Line:   
    Light, strong, stiff, cool. Comes true, stays true after a hard ride. These wheels will take every abuse. I got it from Ebay for $300. I think the best investment for my bike.
    For those looking for bombproof wheels this is it. I'm 170 lbs. This wheels cost $700 but check ebay.

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    Favorite Trail:   Highland

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Bike Setup:   Jamis Komodo LT, Velomax climax, Marzocchi Atom bomber.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Dan a Cross Country Rider from Colorado

    Date Reviewed: July 10, 2002

    Strengths:    Very light, and very stong. Tight spoke tension.

    Weaknesses:    Price, but I got lucky on a set of new ones on e-bay - seller got them at close out cost from bankruptcy sale. Otherwise, no way I could have afforded them. (They probably are worth the $700 though)

    Bottom Line:   
    These wheels really perform. They are light, strong, come true new and stay true. I tend to be pretty hard on my gear, and I was used to having to true and dish my wheels with some frequency, but the Climax wheels take a beating and remain true. The hubs are of exceptional quality as well, made out of titanium and completely serviceable.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   e-bay

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic 517s, XT hubs.

    Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Instinct, XT/R, Duke Race

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Art Rosch a Cross Country Rider from Woodacre,Ca.

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2001

    Strengths:    Light, beautifully finished, detailed

    Weaknesses:    don't know yet

    Bottom Line:   
    I haven't ridden these very long. I took one look at them,
    felt the bearings and thought 'oh man, these are the wheels
    I've been looking for'. I found them used at the local
    recycle shop. Took them up the infamous Repack Trail
    in the Mt. Tam watershed. Came home, emailed Velomax
    for some info about the hubs, about servicing. They emailed
    me back immediately. These are real people with a real
    concern about the quality of their product. The wheels are light, strong, built with incredible attention to detail and
    very practical engineering wisdom. You spin one of these
    in your hands and you see the closest thing to a perpetual
    motion machine. Makes the smooth-but-gluey feel of CK's
    and Rolfs seem kinda crude. If I have a problem or change
    my mind I'll post another review. I don't expect to; and
    if I do, the company will back the wheels up, no questions
    asked, even though I bought them used.

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    Favorite Trail:   Mt Tam

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   Recyclery

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race, XTR, Rolf Propel, Chris King

    Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude Race with XTR, Sid XC fork.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Chris Johnson a Cross Country Rider from Madison, WI

    Date Reviewed: September 18, 2000

    Strengths:    These wheels look great, spin great, are a snap to maintain (except...), and don't get too bent. They offer a good union of light and strong. A joy to true. (All the folks that I have talked to at Velomax always seem shocked when they hear that I need to true them about every 400 miles --that their wheels would even need to be trued)

    Weaknesses:    The price. There is no way I could have bought these if I did not work at a bike shop. I fear the day that I break a spoke. The sidewall/ braking surface on the Velocity rims are too narrow; if you run a 2.1 tire with beefy shoes, it is hard to get the shoe not to hit the sidewall when the brakes are off. My freehub body died after 4 months of use. There "custom" seal did not work, at all.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you can spend the cash, why not. The T3 technology is the only way to get the necessary spoke tension for a radial laced wheel

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    Favorite Trail:   Rock Lake Wisconsin

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $450.00

    Similar Products Used:   LX hubs with sunn rims; 221 with XT

    Bike Setup:   Hard tail Barracuda; ESP everywhere; does the downhill just as easily as the cross country

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by KEVIN KRUGER a Racer from CARLSBAD, CA

    Date Reviewed: May 28, 1999

    Strengths:    
    THIS IS A WHEEL THAT DOES NOT GIVE UP STRENGTH FOR LIGTNESS.IT IS THE BEST WHEEL I HAVE EVER RACED ON IN THE 12 YEARS THAT IVE BEEN RACING BIKES.


    Weaknesses:    
    NONE


    Bottom Line:   
    THIS IS THE ONLY HUB I HAVE EVER HELD IN MY HAND AND WAS ABLE TO SPIN THE HUB,NOT BILT MIND YOU, AND HAVE THE HUB SPIN MANY TIMES AROUND. THAT WAS VERY IMPRESIVE.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    SAGEBRUSH, LAKE MORENO CA.

    Duration Product Used:   
    more than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   
    MAVIC CROSSMAX AS WELL AS WTB RIMS BILT ON WHITE INDUSTRY HUBS.


    Bike Setup:   
    ANSWER MANATOU HARDTAIL WITH A MANATOU SHOCK

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Rodd Wescott a Cross-Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA

    Date Reviewed: May 19, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Wheels arrived true.
    Wheels stayed true.
    Silky bearings w/ no
    adjustment.


    Weaknesses:    
    My friends borrow them, which keeps them off my bike.


    Bottom Line:   
    Kick-ass wheels. I'd buy them again if I had too.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    Mammoth: bottom2top

    Duration Product Used:   
    1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   
    Mavic Crossmax'


    Bike Setup:   
    Spec. M2/Judy SL/XTR

    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

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