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I'm in need of an affordable wheelset and these Mavic rims with xt hubs fit the bill. But I can't really figure out which one to go with. Is the lighter 717 strong enough to carry my 200lbs over moderate xc terrain or should I go with a 517 or a 317???

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They are all kinda similar

4nortons said:
I'm in need of an affordable wheelset and these Mavic rims with xt hubs fit the bill. But I can't really figure out which one to go with. Is the lighter 717 strong enough to carry my 200lbs over moderate xc terrain or should I go with a 517 or a 317???

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Are you looking to shed weight off your bike? I think the standard recommendation if you are a clydesdale and wheel crusher is Rhynolites, if you want something lighter than that maybe one of the Mavic rims ending in 19 or DT 5.1, if you are truly a finesse rider and never have bent a rim then yes the rims mentioned may work for you. General rule, but not always true, is the heavier rim is the stronger rim.
 

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i ride some 717's, and i'm 170 with gear and water. i find these rims amazingly laterally stiff...but they flat spot easily. if you don't ride super big rocky terrain, or do much drops then i feel these rims are underrated and would work great while saving a bunch of weight. if you ride really hard, look elsewhere or you'll be riding flat spots.
 

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my research....

I am in the same boat...I am 210 lbs with no gear, and in the process of ordering a new set of wheels. from the information I have gathered and the advice given to me relating to my thread have come to the conclusion of ordering a set of mavic xm819 rims.

I found this post helpful: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=100337&highlight=mavic+numbering I believe it was post#4 that describes the numbering

I decided to go with a stronger rim than I need to avoid problems due to my size and riding experience. I am by no means an expert, but thought I'd share what info I had.

Good Luck,

Matt
 

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I have ridden a set of 717 disc with XT hubs for the past 2 years and have had no issues besides minor truing. I weigh about 220#, but tend to be easy on wheels.

I hope this helps,
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Don't go lighter

4nortons said:
I'm in need of an affordable wheelset and these Mavic rims with xt hubs fit the bill. But I can't really figure out which one to go with. Is the lighter 717 strong enough to carry my 200lbs over moderate xc terrain or should I go with a 517 or a 317???

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I'm 200+- and have never had a problem with 317's or disc or UST MAVIC. They are light strong, round, easy to build right.

2.0 double butted is smallest spoke recommended for good rocky ride handling performance. As a heavier rider don't use ligher Comptition or Revolution sized spokes, the handling difference is very noticable for a heavier rider.

You can drop real wheel weight using Stans No-Tube system with your favorite non-UST tires.

Although light wheels are less stable, bounce more, and are slower pedaling and coasting over rougher trails. Light wheels are only an advantage for smooth long climbs.

- ray
 

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I'm 200lbs and have been riding the XC717 w/ XT hubs. My riding is all virginia single and double track w/ some fire roads, and I would not buy them again b/c they've already got a few dents.

My recommendation would be to go for an XM rim in Mavic or a Rhynolite or one of the other rims recommended on these pages.
 

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MAVIC Customer Service?

I've been riding a set of Mavic 717 Disc with XT Disc hubs throughout this season. Today when I was cleaning my ride I noticed a dent on the rear wheel right by the stem hole. This blows because I haven't been too hard on these wheels; a few jumps here and there but nothing too extreme. I purchased these wheels because I thought they could handle my 215 pound arse.

Here's the problem, I tried to contact their customer service department, only to find that they don't have one. Figures, the Frenches hate to work.

Does anybody have a contact number for Mavic?

I want to see about a replacement, just over 4 months and the rim dents! That's just unacceptable!
 

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I ride lowly 117's with XT hubs. I'm lazy so I use my suspension to plough through things and ride downhill on rocky trails. 220 lbs and never had a problem so far. Oops ...hope I didn't just curse myself!
 

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4nortons said:
I'm in need of an affordable wheelset and these Mavic rims with xt hubs fit the bill. But I can't really figure out which one to go with. Is the lighter 717 strong enough to carry my 200lbs over moderate xc terrain or should I go with a 517 or a 317???

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This may be waaaay too late, *FU TimeWarner for the super crappy service lately*, but IIRC, the 517 was rim brake only. The newer XC 717 version is almost identical to the old 517 (wear indicator on the newer), which was a rim brake only hoop. The XC 717 disc is the old 317, adisc only hoop.
 
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