Mavic DeeMax Wheelset

DESCRIPTION

Use: MTB Downhill riding and racing

  • Weight: 9 mm front axle 1160 grams, 20 mm front axle 1070 grams
  • Maxtal SUP welded rim, yellow Mavic coating
  • Integrated freewheel hub with FTS system
  • Adjustable, removable, sealed cartridge bearings
  • 8/9 speed HG compatible freewheel
  • Stainless steel straight spokes, brass nipples
  • 36 spokes crossed 4

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Mar 18, 2012]
    bjereb
    All Mountain Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1

    I wouldn't spend another dollar and the crap that Mavic makes, crap products that don't last is why there is no direct contact with Mavic for customer service THEY DON'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT THIER PRODUCTS AFTER THEY ARE SOLD..... I've spent $3000 on Mavic wheels for my Road and mtb, crossmax XL - 5" cracked rear rim along spokes? WTF, why would a double wall rim crack along spokes...cheap metal and crappy engineers and of course, "sorry, After i finally got in touch with Mavic, they said nothing they can do" this is the crapi get from the bike shop, again because Mavic doesn't have customer service. OK, so i read all the hype about Mavic NEW DEEMAX, bombproof, blah, blah, blah.... Still the same under engineered crap that broke faster than my Crossmax XL's. This time i went to the bike shop and i'm told they have REENGINEERED THE FREEHUB, ok so the crap they sold for $1000 is now found to have a problem...MAVIC's SOLUTION, charge $150 for a redesigned freehub that now requires you to switch axels and to switch axels you need to replace bearings (another $50).....the new part should have been free AND the kit should include the bearings to do the job....... I'M THE DUMBA$$ THAT BOUGHT THIS FRENCH CRAP, DON'T BE A DUMBA$$ TOO.................................MAVIC SUCKS.......................

    [Aug 27, 2010]
    vanoot
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Aboslutely solid rims.
    Realitivly Lightweight.
    Tubeless Tires seat very well (even without sealent).
    Strong as hell.
    True well if ever needed.

    Weakness:

    Stickers scratch.

    These are my favourite rims of all time. You can run very low pressures on tubeless tires and still put no flat spots in them. I am a smaller rider, but these rims have been hucked over drops and gaps, and raced downhill when my other rims got stolen.

    I usually go through at least 1 pair of rims per season, but these are still solid after a season and a half. They are absolutely awesome tubless, and I have never had any problems. When built right, you need to tension them maybe twice a season (if you ride REALY hard). Ive only trued them once because of minor lateral untrueness.

    Highly reccomended.

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    Many

    [Nov 05, 2002]
    Hora
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    There not as bloody heavy as everyone keeps banging on about. I've got a pair of Crossroc tubeless and these are almost the same weight. Some people say the colour is 'orrible as well. I didn't buy them for the colour (well, ok it does look pretty sick in yellow as the colour emphasises the width and strength of the wheels- probably why Mavic chose this colour). I'm quite heavy and so I wanted something that could take my lard ass over a good demanding course (no, I'm not a DH'er but I dont want to keep on tru-ing and putting new spokes in wheels neither)

    Weakness:

    ?

    They are not that heavy- save weight somewhere else on the bike then you can hit rocks etc and not worry about a thing...

    Similar Products Used:

    Tioga DH rims, Crossroc UST, some other stuff as well

    [Nov 21, 2003]
    kyle wagner
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    bullet proof hubs and rims. overall a great set of wheels. my weight is 220 and I do alot of drops over 6 feet to flat and bunnyhop 180s and they stay straight only had to tru them once when I first got them. no problems since.

    Weakness:

    none.

    very, very good wheels.TOUGH!

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    big mammoths, sun rynolite

    [Dec 30, 2003]
    Brian Buell
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    good looking, I have the silver 2003 model. light weight for what they are. Tubeless, seem very strong

    Weakness:

    28 spokes??? a downhill wheel with 28 spokes... come on. ripped a spoke out of the rim landing a jump. constantly have to true, they've never seen a downhill course, I leave them on my Specialized P1.

    the biggest thing these wheels have ever seen is a 5 foot drop when I had my Enduro Pro. I have broken that frame and now own a Big Hit Expert, and have stuck with the stock wheels for my 10 foot + flat land drops. The hubs on these wheels are cool, but have a lot of friction. I've tried to adjust the tension out of the bearings with the adjustment ring, but it is either tight or loose, there is no perfect spot. I am a mechanic for a local shop, and I ave ridden a lot of wheels, out of all of them I'm glad I got a killer deal for these wheels, I wouldn't want to spend the real money for them... ever. they're good training/commuting wheels for my P1. even then I can feel some flex in the hubs on the wheels. I built some racing wheels for my P1 with XT rear hub/Mavic X221 rim and GT/Hadley 20mm front hub with Mavic X217 rim and have less flex in those than on my dee max. I am very unhappy. now this review is for the new dee max, not the Yellow 36 hole version.. the real version that did very very well. these new ones with 28 spokes is ridiculus. If you have or are thinking about these wheels, send them back and trade for the crap their smoking.

    Similar Products Used:

    Sun Single track with Deore Hubs *good wheelset, unbeatable*

    [Apr 08, 2004]
    Fermin Baez
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    Nice looking

    Weakness:

    Too weak for the application.

    I'm talking not just for me but for all the downhill racers I've shared the sport in my region. The original Mavic Deemax wheels, the ones shown in the pic, the ones that came in yellow, they were strong as hell!!! Every weekend I can see that older version of the Deemax mounted on many of the bikes I regularly see going down nasty, tough rock garden sections. And those older Deemax are still true, straight as an arrow, rotating smoothly, virtually indestructible...

    ...But then something happened, something me and my colleagues cannot understand. Here it came the new version of the Deemax, with new looks. Trusting they would hold up to the reputation of it's predecesor, many riders bought them (including me), at $600.00 a pair more or less. But after not a couple of months of use, new Deemax wheels started to bend, to get loose spokes, to get all screwed up. Mine last week got a nasty, but I mean A NASTY bend!!! So bad it can't even rotate cause it gets stuck between the fork legs. And I didn't even crashed that hard!!! Believe it or not, I'm seeing riders searching everywhere for the old, yellow Deemax, to buy them used. They don't care if they are used, as long as t hey are the old strong as hell Deemax, not the wimpy new version. And I can tell you, I don't recommend this new Deemax for anyone serious about downhilling. They will be a dissapointment in no time. And now I sadly realize there are much stronger wheels for nearly half the price of the new Deemax.

    Similar Products Used:

    First DH wheels since I've been downhilling less than a year.

    [Feb 20, 2003]
    Ricardo Irizarry
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Hard like a rock, incredible strenght.

    Weakness:

    None

    The Deemax wheelset is the best of the best. I've used some others and at some point they always fail. The deemax never fail. Buy a pair if you're looking for the best.

    Similar Products Used:

    Intense mag, THE wheels.ect...

    [Apr 20, 2003]
    Randy
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Strong, laterally rigid, tubeless

    Weakness:

    A bit on the pricey side...

    I wanted tubeless to go with my new ride, and I also wanted a very stout wheelset. I saw lots of riders in the Red Bull Rampage using this exact same wheelset for drops and stunts that I will never even try; so I figured they would be strong enough for anything I would ever do!

    So far, I have done six foot drops, urban rides, DH courses, and all around trail rides, and they have needed precisely zero attention. No trueing, no hub adjustment, and no bearing slop. The tubeless aspect has also worked very well, I put True Goo in the tires when I first set the bike up, and they haven't leaked more than about 5 psi a month!

    These wheels are probably not the strongest on Earth, but look at somr pro DH races, and some of the big freeride events, and you will see a lot of them-heck, even Hans Rey rides them! That is a better endorsement than I could ever give.

    [Apr 17, 2003]
    seth dawson

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Light weight

    Weakness:

    I have a major problem with this wheelset. Mavic advertises this wheel as "bullet proof". It is far from it. The rear axle is a "solid" 10 mm thru axle. In reality, there are two low strength 10mm steel bolts threaded into a hollow center axle. These bolts failed catastrophically on me during a race run at Bootleg Canyon. The rear axle sheared as I was taking a small 18 inch drop in a lava field towards the end of the course. I crashed and was banged up a bit, my Turner sustained major damage including a bent frame, dropout, derailleur and totaled disk. I've had the wheel for less than four months.

    After looking closely at the axle failure with some metallurgy and design engineers from a major aerospace company, I have some serious concerns about the materials used in this hub. The beach marks on the end of the axle which failed indicate a fully reversed bending fatigue failure. The other side shows overload. There is the possibility of fatigue striations on the edge of the surface. Both the remaining portions of the axle remained tightly bolted to the frame after the failure. Metallurgical analysis showed disturbingly low hardness for the material in the axles. A Rockwell hardness test was conducted on the .314 diameter and the .431 diameter polished surface after calibrating the instrument. The calibration block was Rc 35.49+/-1. Three calibration results provided readings of 35.3 35.5 and 35.5. Hardness measurements on the .314 diameter showed Rockwell readings of 15.8, 16.7 and 17.7. Hardness readings on the .431 polished surface provided a possibly erroneous reading of 2.3.

    These hardness readings are typical of aluminum or annealed steel, not hardened or tempered steel that one would expect in the highly stressed axle of a downhill bike. We would expect to see Rockwell harnesses of 30 on hardened steel axles.

    I also have a problem with the fit of the sheared portion of the axle into the center hollow section. The threads appeared to fit in a Class II fit or worse. Since any motion in this joint can increase the bending strains, it would seem that this joint should be a very tight fit.

    Mavic showed little interest in the problem. They stated that a flat spot on the wheel showed I had taken a big drop which could have broken the axle. They were not interested in the evidence of bending fatigue failure and soft axle material.

    I strongly recommend that you buy another product. The rear axle on these wheels can break catastrophically. My axle should not have broken, even under DH racing loads after only four months. Be careful if you are already using these wheels! Check your rear axle for cracks

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    [Feb 27, 2001]
    Dave
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    I just have a back and it is lighter than the rear wheel that came on my $1800 XC bike. The hub really smooth, it will spin on it's own for ever. It is also yellow.

    Weakness:

    The yellow

    I payed 30 bucks for the rear, best thirty bucks i'v spent. You can do better if you are paying retail, but it could be the best disk wheel made.

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