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I bought a set of these a couple of weeks ago, easily installed them on my Trek Fuel and tested them over the weekend, bombing down very rocky Central Texas trails for 4-5 hours. Overall, I'm very pleased with these (Cross Pro MX300 UST Disc) and highly recommend them to anyone who can live without a Mavic sticker. They are reasonably light, well made, true and VERY fast. The lettering on the decals is butt ugly but it's kind of growing on me in a subterfuge, homebrew kind of way.
 

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Wheels aren't supposed to break after 4-5 hours of hard use. I'd trust them more they were pricepoint housebrand but they don't seems to be... seems to be some small name taiwanese manufacturer. It seems they've been around the better part of 10 yrs and despite very competitive prices, haven't become very popular. I'll shell out a little more money to save my bones.
 

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Wheels aren't supposed to break after 4-5 hours of hard use. I'd trust them more they were pricepoint housebrand but they don't seems to be... seems to be some small name taiwanese manufacturer. It seems they've been around the better part of 10 yrs and despite very competitive prices, haven't become very popular. I'll shell out a little more money to save my bones.
Getting back to the question, yes I own them and have experience with them. They did not come out of true and performed very well with no problems. If I worked for Mavic I suppose I'd tell you to be afraid, be very afraid, but I don't so I'm just telling you my experience. If I was full of fear I suppose being a mountain biker wouldn't work out anyway.
 

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My Devinci Tosca SL1 (cyclocross) came with Maddux DM 18 rims (700c). For reference. the hubs are Formula sealed (I have to say, I like them), and the spokes appear to be single butted (if that is even a word, not double butted anyways). I don't know if my rims are just crazy strong, but I can't believe the beating I put on those rims and they are true. I came from a FS XC background and started doing the trails with this CX and both rims are perfectly true with factory "shitty" truing. I have smashed barriers, thrown my bike, hit curbs, pitched over logs, done "rocky" downhills and lots of other stupid things and these rims are still true ... I am nowhere NEAR smooth on my CX bike. I actually built up a DT 240s / DT spoke / Mavic Open Pro wheelset to replace them when I bought the bike but haven't needed to (not much of a weight fanatic).

Hmm, I should probably say how much use the wheels have: around 1 year and over 6,000km (i'd say 80% road as a guess)
 

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Fuel70Austin said:
Getting back to the question, yes I own them and have experience with them. They did not come out of true and performed very well with no problems. If I worked for Mavic I suppose I'd tell you to be afraid, be very afraid, but I don't so I'm just telling you my experience. If I was full of fear I suppose being a mountain biker wouldn't work out anyway.
He's actually trying to point out that people think it's helpful to give and ratings the moment they get an item, or soon after.

That's why the reviews here suck, let alone, buying the wheels, bringing back a thread from 07, and then telling people that you had them for basically one day of use and you highly recommend them. There are people that wait at least they put down hundreds, if not, thousands of miles down before they recommend wheels.
 

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I have a set that are going back as for some reason the rear wheel will not hold air for very long. I've installed 3 different sets of tires with sealant. During a ride I'll need to stop at least two times to add air. Sitting in the garage there fine it seems just to be while there under pressure. The only thing I can think of is possibly a bad rim bead? My Mavic 819 and Bonty Race Lites have had no issues. All in all there not a bad wheel set, they run nice and true and the hubs are almost silent. Just keep in mind they only have 16 POE. I'm sending them back for a replacement set. No one ever seems to coment on them after the purchase so I'm not sure how well there holding up?
 

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Thanks for the heads up on how they hold up. I was debating between those and the Mavic Crossride disc. I'm not a diehard mavic fan, but just comparing them. What eventually sold me on the mavics was that I decided not to go tubeless and that I could get the Mavics at Performance, with their great warranty :)
 

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thats a nice looking 29er. How do you like the rigid fork over suspension? I recently ordered a rigid fork to save weight. Any riding tips to keep my chin off the bars?
Thanks. I both love and hate rigid forks. The $30.00 Zion fork probably isn't the best fork a lot people claim it to be rather noodly, I tried a much stiffer Surly and didn't like it I found it too harsh. Rigid is great for climbing especially SS, then again rigid can beat the crap out of you when it comes to the rough, it helps to have wider bars and a fatter front tire for some cushion, and a lot less wrist pain. I think the real way to go as far as rigid goes is a carbon fork it's not suspension by any means but it seems to calm some of trail chatter and it's very light. In comparison to my 26" FS bike picking good lines becomes a necessary skill. Rigid definitely is not for everyone but worth trying. Hope that helps.
 

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I did order a carbon fork, I have one on my road bike and love it as compared to aluminum. Thats why when I was switching to rigid for the HardRock, I knew it had to be carbon, also I turned WW, so CF is the only weigh to go :p

the one I ordered is this one: http://www.beyondbikes.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=73906&eq=&Tp=&Av=

The reviews on it said that it was a good rigid and under 700g

Thanks for the heads up!
 

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You get what you pay for. I am light weight rider but ride pretty hard on rocky trails in CO and my pair lasted about a year. Spokes started snapping and bearing went bad. So definitely did not compare to other mid level wheels I have had.
 

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From what I have seen these "Maddux" wheels come on Cannondale Lower End MTB's They used to be called "Jalco". They have a website: MADDUX

I had a pair of Jalcos on my Cdale F5. They weren't bad, they weren't great. However since the name change and the buyout they probably are better now. Or at least that's what should happen when a company changes...

My 26er wheels had 14g spokes that broke ( 100kg rider ) and had to be replaced more often than I would have liked. But then I got a truing stand and tension meter and stopped going to retarded LBS to get it fixed. Once I rebuilt most of the wheel it was fine no problems. Stayed true, great rolling effect.

Once the rim got DINGED big time. However with a rubber mallet and wood blocks I taught it a lesson and all was good.

The hub was extremely basic but functional. I ran the poop out of those things for 3 seasons! For the price I can imagine getting a lot worse.

My overall impression was that things are heavy, generic, bomb proof. If you race or you just need to have expensive stuff on your bike go with something else. Otherwise...

The newer Maddux I see at least for 29er's has 15g spokes and a formula hub ( SS ). Still heavy but I just got a another Single Speed pair for $60 on ebay. I just can't justify putting $500+ wheels on any MTB. Especially if you are not a pro rider.
 
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