Mavic C29SSMAX Disc Wheelset

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.

User Reviews (22)

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FujNoob   Cross Country Rider [Jan 18, 2013]
Strength:

Rims and spokes have been sturdy

Weakness:

Rear freehubhub design is terrible.

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
2
VALUE
RATING
3
S.O.B.   Cross Country Rider [Dec 17, 2012]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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).

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.

Similar Products Used: Vuelta, Stans, Mavic 819 and 717...
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
A Drum   [Nov 30, 2012]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
jonshonda   [Sep 21, 2012]
Strength:

Strong hoops and spokes, mounts up tubeless like magic.

Weakness:

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

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
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Simon   Cross Country Rider [May 25, 2012]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Proprietary spokes are expensive

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
nicky   [May 14, 2012]
Strength:

Very strong and fast roller

Weakness:

none sofar

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
Bob12676   Cross Country Rider [Jul 15, 2011]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

None yet.

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.

Similar Products Used: Cross max st 26" set, the stock Specialized wheels that came with my bike.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Steve S   Cross Country Rider [Nov 16, 2010]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

none

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

Similar Products Used: Bontragers - awful (see other review of Bontrager wheels).
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
shbtown   Cross Country Rider [Oct 21, 2010]
Strength:

Looks, true tubeless design of the rims and strength.

Weakness:

None to date.

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.

Similar Products Used: Stock 29er wheels from Scott Scale 29 with DT Swiss rims and spokes and Shimano Deore hubs.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
mark_459   Racer [Jul 29, 2010]
Strength:

Strength

Weakness:

Stupid Freehub design

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.

Similar Products Used: Bontrager
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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