Mavic XC 717 Disc Rim

DESCRIPTION

The Mavic XC 717 disc rim is the 'go-to' rim for hand built XC wheels. Black.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 26, 2013]
ChrisTexan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Never fail under my currently 250# (not counting gear) self.

Weakness:

Haven'f found any

I've now had these since 2005, laced to Hope Bulb hubs with DT Swiss Comp spokes. Had them custom built by Speedgoat, and after a short period, retensioned all spokes. I spec'd them to accomodate my (then) 215# self (plus more with riding gear, figure 225 riding weight).
This past February, I finally broke a rear spoke (several have been bent by rocks over the years, and other than retensioning, I haven't bothered to replace them, just retensioned and moved on, so probably one of the bent ones broke. (32-hole setup). No significant deflection after that, rode another 2 miles (a bit more cautiously) back to camp with some rocky and rooty parts. Got a spare spoke at home, relaced that hole, and have been riding since.
Not sure how people are breaking these other than maybe having them come detensioned during riding, maybe Mavic quality on these has dropped, but these 2005-06ish age rims have been bulletproof (they've outlasted one frame already, and a lot of other broken parts from race crashes).

Similar Products Used:

Original Mavic XC117s (I think) that came on Specialized in 2003. Still have those as backups, those had about 1000 miles when I switched.

[Sep 09, 2012]
Troy Fretwell

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Never have to worry about them

Weakness:

none

These rims just take whatever abuse you can throw at them, and never complain in the slightest.
If built up right, and re-tensioned/again, they will stay true for years.
One less thing to worry about on your bike.

[Nov 30, 2010]
CoonenG
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light , responsive and sturdy

Weakness:

none ...besides giving my lbs a hard time setting them up...

I've ridden this set-up over 3years now ..the xc717 , dtswiss revolution spokes with the DT pro lock-nipples and the xt-hubs

Never had any troubles, not even in the hardest world-cup races in Houffalize in the worst weather-conditions .
Spokes never came loose , just now after 3 years i had to straighten the back-rim .
I ride pretty hard, jump over several obstructions etc.
By far the best wheelset i've ever driven and as they never failed on me.
It is a good budget-build for starting race-riders .
I felt these were very responsive on hard-trails , easy tire-mounting and maintenance-free with the dt-pro locks .
Not the lightests , but certainly one of the best weight/strenght/price -ratio !

[Aug 10, 2010]
Rillyroy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Light

Weakness:

Too soft for anything but light XC work.

I bought these as a package including SLX hubs & brakes for £300. They were hand built by Merlin Cycles and felt nice & light to ride without too much flex. 3rd ride out & the rear rim crushed in 2 places. I straightened it up & 4th ride it buckled in a different spot. I usually build my own wheels & have been riding since 1987 but I have never had this trouble before.

Trying out superstar rims for half the price of the Mavics next ride (They look identical but are 35g heavier & are pinned instead of welded)

Similar Products Used:

Mavic 217, Alex DP17, Mavic D521

[Jun 06, 2009]
milwaukeehaze
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Lightweight, stays true

Weakness:

Welding(?)

I have like these rims that last 2 years I have ridden them as they are lightweight and have stayed very true after racing cross country. Yes, here's the "but" to this... Today, after doing about 15 miles of cross country fun I was cleaning my ride and as I was spinning the rear wheel in the stand, I kept hearing a "clinking" sound coming from the rim. After removing, tube, tire and rim strip, I see through the spoke holes a rectangular piece of metal that was sliding around just underneath the rim weld. I searched online and found a few others with the same problem, and that this piece basically clips around the welded seam inside of the rim. However, I am not sure if I can ride with this piece loose, or can have my LBS fix, or have any warranty claim with MAVIC. I would welcome any suggestions. So, after never having no problems with my old Bontragers over 4 years, I am disappointed with MAVIC right now. Last but not least...I weigh in at 170 lbs and ride ONLY cross country and have taken, at the most, a one-foot drop.

If I can't get them fixed, it's on to the DT Swiss rims as DT Swiss has always spelled "quality" in my book.

Similar Products Used:

Bontrager

[Apr 10, 2009]
Anonymous
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light weight, low inertia, good steering response, decelerates quickly, resists braking forces, fairly low maintennance

Weakness:

the rim weld is the weakest link. if the setup is not perfect and rim not true it folds like a house of cards.

the 2007 XC 717 rims were laced with DT Swiss comp spokes to a XT hub. Some unknown force caused the rim weld to crack open causing a flat spot circumfrentially and warping longitudinally. The spoke nipple broke inside of the rim causing the spoke hole to "spider" thus no more platform for the spoke nipple flange. I have ridden on these rims only 6 times and raced only 3 times in 2.5 years due to injuries and broken bikes. Loved the rims when they are perfect but Mavic mountain rims have a history of being busted by spokes. Im a 200lb racer who destroys frames, wheelsets, shoes, peals, bottom brackets, forks, femurs, wrists, clavicles and AC joints on fairly tame XC trails. The front rim is still good though give me another month and ill destroy that one too.

Similar Products Used:

2002 XC 517 rim (split rim longitudinally) 2006 XC 517 rim (unable to be trued perfectly)

[Jan 25, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

+ Light (measured-in at 395g on the scale?)
+ Strong
+ Low Price (~$50 per rim)
+ Great Profile

Weakness:

- Nil

Fantastic rim! The X717 is nice and light, strong, and stiff when built properly.

I have mine laced-up with DT Comp and 775's which leaves me with a very reliable, strong, relatively light, free-rolling set of wheels.

I ride quite aggressively, carry tons of speed, and really put my XC parts through a good deal of trauma. That said, (bearing in mind one is performing regular wheel maintenance)the 717's are stiff in the corners, accelerate very well and need little attention to stay happy.

Definitely recommended

Similar Products Used:

Mavic, Bontrager, Alex...

[Jan 10, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, super cheap in US, durable, stays true.

Weakness:

None after 2 years, exc maybe the pin.

I weigh over 210 and I carry a pack. I ride trails with rock gardens and moderate drops. I have beat on these rims and they work still perfectly. I would not use these...XC lightweight rims for hucking, flat 3 foot drops, jumping off cliffs, but for anything else they are the bargain of the decade. As far as scratching, are you nuts?

Similar Products Used:

Just about everyone's.

[Oct 30, 2008]
ceejayvee
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Light, very strong for a xc rim

Weakness:

Cost.
Bit of a pig to build/true/dish.
Scratch really easy.

If you don't build or re-true yourself and price is no problem, get these.

Very durable, takes a drop onto tarmac of at least 4ft (possibly more?) with an 11 1/2 stone rider and stayed true.

UK rrp: £38, silver/disc, the blk are £42! The 317 RRP is £22

If you build your own, or true them yourself, get the 317's. I prefer pinned and sleeve rims as I build my own wheels and they are easier to build with. Can't get even spoke tension around the wield area.

Similar Products Used:

717/517 disc & rim, 321, 317

[Sep 15, 2008]
dantheman762
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light weight, combined with incredible strength. Best weight/durability combo.

Weakness:

Might be a little too light for riders over 170lbs, if doing anything more than XC racing.

Mavic XC 717s are by far the BEST compromise for weight and durability. No contest here. Even if you do moderate stunts and drops (3 feet) and weight less than 170lbs, these things will stay true - just take care of them with spoke tension and you'll love them. Not bad for a cross-country race rim. Also the best way to go if you aren't 100% sold on Mavic's hubs and not sure about buying their complete ($$$) wheel-sets.

Similar Products Used:

Bontrager Select rims, but these aren't similar and don't compare.

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