Bontrager Mustang Tubeless Rim

DESCRIPTION

The ability to run tubeless with standard 32h hubs; Mustang Tubeless rims can be built up like traditional rims and used as tubeless if strips and valves are installed. These rims are compatible with all known tubeless tires on the market, or can be used with standard rimstrip or the sealing strip with standard tires with tubes.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 24, 2021]
Thedarpcruiser


OVERALL
RATING
2
Strength:

Spokes constantly break and wheel out of true. Would not recommend this wheel. I already gave up on the rear one and replaced that and can't wait to replace the front which is all wonky.

Weakness:

The inner rim is too small for an ideal tubeless setup. I've had several pinch flats from the sidewall collapsing if you land at an angle at all. The only fix I have found is inflating the tire to the maximum, which is not ideal.

Purchased:
New  
[Apr 17, 2018]
redlightspecial


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

Tbh was just looking at specs & depth of the inter wall were you would normally seal with rim tape. As I’m considering going TL with a set maxxis grifters on Bontrager rim. Looking everywhere for specs & this is 1st BEST diagram of found of the actual inter rim. Great page great diagram 2ndly I’ve read threads were people used Gorilla grip as rim tape, so off I went to bunnings store & im about to test the hype, GROILLA GRIP black tapes great strong as & ive also got a roll of the woodlands camo that I plan on using as frame protection on rear were chain is, instead of them cloth & velco protectors. I’m gunna hit it with woodland camo groulka grip tape. With black as rim tape. 1st attempt at tubeless so kinda excited 😆 & don’t want to stuff it up.

Weakness:

I’ll probably upgrade these standard entry level Bontrager’s in the near future, so it’s a good rim to practice on first try around ✊ c how we go...

Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2018
[Dec 02, 2017]
Ryan Sansom
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Ruining rides

Weakness:

Everything

Worst wheels I have ever ridden on. Constantly breaking spokes and the wheel never stays true. The wheel even wraps on regular road riding. Extremely disappointed and will never ever recommend or use these wheels ever again. They honestly make me not want to ride my bike because of how crappy they are.

[Sep 30, 2017]
Bike Mike
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

No issues in the first 2 seasons when the product is new

Weakness:

Warp easily. Often back at the bike shop for truing the rim and replacing broken spokes on the rear rim. Also rims are on the heavy side of the marketplace.

meh...came with the Trek Superfly I got. Now I need to replace the rear rim but not with another Mustang with so many other more reliable options.

[Dec 04, 2016]
Wayne
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Look good, light weight, tubeless ready on a stock 2015 trek X-caliber.

Weakness:

Spokes break every couple of rides. I weigh 170 and I have broken 2-3 spokes. Ran a 2.2 sized tire and burped at 30psi during a race. Internal rim width is 19mm so cornering felt very squirmish on a 2.0 and 2.2 tire. They had to be trued a couple of times.

I would stay away from these unless you want a true excuse to get out of a ride because you have to go to the bike shop to have them respoked, tensiones and trued.

[Jul 31, 2015]
Mike Mathis
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Match the color of my bike

Weakness:

Spokes keep breaking on rear wheel.

Bought a Trek Superfly 9.6 with Mustang 29in Elite TLR wheels, and have broken two rear spokes while riding . I weigh around 102 Kg's (225lbs) and ride 100% paved roads around Thailand. I noticed the spokes diameter is very small compared to the replacement spoke the bike shop put in.

Similar Products Used:

Mavic Cross One 26 in wheels

[Sep 02, 2009]
Squash
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Solid construction, reasonable weight, simple tubless set up.

Weakness:

not pretty, the finish and weld aren't all the great to look at, but they work. Pretty is as pretty does.

These rims are not pretty, but as above, pretty is as pretty does. I built these wheels personally by hand, laced the rims to a set of Hope XC hubs with DT Comp spokes and alloy nipples. Total weight was 1726g. Not bad for the price of the components. The wheel built up very nicely, they were surprisingly round out of the box and required minimal truing and run out adjustment. They've proven to be quite stiff and durable for an XC wheel. In the two years I've been riding them I've had 0 problems. Yes tires can be a bit tough to get seated, and some tires are difficult to get on the rim. But I've found that to be true with some tubed tire and rim combinations as well. Ever try to get any tire on a Sun Ryhno lite rim? I have run these wheels tubeless with the Bontrager rim strip and valves, with Maxxis Advantages, Kenda Nevegals, Continental Mountain King and Vertical Pros, and Panaracer Fire XC Pros, all kevlar beads with no problems. The bead hook of the rim is UST standard and quite agressive. It holds both UST and standard tires well. I've never had a burp or a roll off when reasonable tire pressuer is used and maintained. And I've found them to be an ideal wheel for running standard tires tubeless, even better than a "ture" UST wheel. They can be tough to get a tire evenly seated on the rim. However I've found the trick is to use a compressor, and to slowly push the pressure up to as high as 60 psi until the bead pops into place, then deflate to a sane pressure. This may have to be done two or three times to get a new never before mounted tire to seat completely. But once done the tire is securely held on the rim. I give them a 5 for value, but only a 3 for overall due to the not so nice finish. But peformance wise they are quite good. You can pay a whole lot more for rims that don't perform any better, they just look nicer.

Similar Products Used:

Mavic 719 w/stans conversion

[Feb 17, 2009]
lextalionis
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very Durable, Stay True

Weakness:

I don't really see any i had no problem mounting them at all

They work well. I like them, never had a problem mounting tires.

Similar Products Used:

Mavic, Ritchey

[Aug 19, 2003]
Rich
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Machined sidewalls

Weakness:

Weak, weak, weak. They just do NOT stay true

After using these rims for 6 months now, I can say that I would NOT recommend them to my worst enemy. I had these hoops laced up to CK Classics with 14/15 spokes. Im a 140 LB, strictly XC rider. The local terrain is all sandy trails without many rocks. Jumping crickets get bigger air than I do. Still, these rim just DO-NOT stay true. The rear rim went out after one mile. Had them re-trued and then did a local 40 mile ON ROAD bike tour. At one of the tour stops, I looked at the rear rim and it was a mess. They cannot stay true ON THE ROAD!!! Before you think "it was the builder", please note that I had the wheel torn down and re-built by a second builder locally and THEN had them examined by a third builder. But the problem persists.

Bottom line: these rims are garbage. Look elsewhere.

Similar Products Used:

OEM Rolf Sattelites

[Jul 10, 2003]
Beland
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great all around cross country wheel.

Weakness:

None known.

for all you riders who think that you know this rim; you don't. My advice to those who have trouble with putting on tires is learn to put them on! I have used pythons, karmas, explorers all on this rim and had no trouble with any of them. The big trick though is to ride regular tubed tires tubless with stans. My favorite is pythons golds. Works purfect and you save almost a pound of weight from tubless tires. All tubless tires on any tubless rim will be hard to put on but, you do not have to go that rought.

Similar Products Used:

Mavic 3.1, crossmax

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