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    X221 rims-OK for XC?.........

    Ordered a wheelset with Mavic X221 rims (seemed like a good deal)-I'm going to ride them anyway, but I've seen some not so great reviews about durability. I'm a light (155 lb.), mainly xc rider, no big drops, only the occasional log crossing and rock garden. Anyone have firsthand knowledge about the durability of these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeranger
    Ordered a wheelset with Mavic X221 rims (seemed like a good deal)-I'm going to ride them anyway, but I've seen some not so great reviews about durability. I'm a light (155 lb.), mainly xc rider, no big drops, only the occasional log crossing and rock garden. Anyone have firsthand knowledge about the durability of these?
    They work fine.They are not hammers,just be prepared to do a fair amount of truing.They re decent hoops for what they cost.I don't personally care for any Mavics ,but hey that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeranger
    Ordered a wheelset with Mavic X221 rims (seemed like a good deal)-I'm going to ride them anyway, but I've seen some not so great reviews about durability. I'm a light (155 lb.), mainly xc rider, no big drops, only the occasional log crossing and rock garden. Anyone have firsthand knowledge about the durability of these?
    Just checked my wheels and I have 2 pairs of X221's, One pair completely worn out after 2 years use and quite a few miles (In excess of 2,500 miles) The other pair came on the wifes bikes and that has done a lot more miles and still OK. As to trueing-- No better or worse than other rims-depending on how hard you hit things with them. I am around `140-150 lbs and only do XC so the rims will be OK.
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    Again, the quality of the build will have a lot to do with it.

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    I run 32 hole no-eyelet x221's on my rig as my primary wheels. They've been great. They need very minor truing at about every other quarterly maintenence routine--when I do my tune-ups/hub overhauls (yes every quarter, I live in the midst of sand). I ride light aggressive XC with small drops, little jumps, logs and roots, I'm a Clydesdale and they've worked fine. The front came with the bike, the rear is a replacement I built up because I tacoed the original by backing it into a tree while my rig was on the trunk rack Anyway, the quality will be as much in the building as in the rim itself, if not more so. I've also got a set of Mavic 230's as my backups.
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    I put something like 5,000 miles in about 6 months commuting & trailling on a set of 221 hoops but i just think all Mavic wheels must die! including those stupid crossmax things..heh. I am not a fan of Mavic.
    But you have to be sure you have the proper spoke count designed for the hoop
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    Just checked my wheels and I have 2 pairs of X221's, One pair completely worn out after 2 years use and quite a few miles (In excess of 2,500 miles) The other pair came on the wifes bikes and that has done a lot more miles and still OK. As to trueing-- No better or worse than other rims-depending on how hard you hit things with them. I am around `140-150 lbs and only do XC so the rims will be OK.


    No better or worse than other rims[/QUOTE]
    So you're inferring there is no better or worse hoops?
    If you are refering to staying true as long as other cross country hoops you are incorrect
    In my opinion Velocity hoops are far superior to mavics.
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