Are Mavic 317 rims any good?
317s on an Alpine 160, really?
They’re not overly heavy at 440g IIRC(disc version), though they’re pretty narrow at 17mm internal. A 2.35″ maxxis was about* the maximum I ever would run on my XC717 (same 17mm internal width I believe)
I once ran 2.5″ maxxis briefly as I was using them as a spare wheel, the angle the tyre had to make to meet the rim was really ridiculous. I needed 50-60psi to reduce the pinchflats (which I still managed) with maxxis 1.2mm freeride tubes
If you can afford the extra outlay Mavic XM719 Disc rims are about 20g heavier and 2mm wider. At 19mm internal they’re not amazingly wide but they’re certainly give you a better tyre profile with a 2.35″ maxxis and you cen get away with 2.5″/2.25″ maxxis IMO (though a bit at the expense of the tyre profile)Posted 7 years agoDickBartonMember
I drove over mine a few months back…rim was fine, hub was fine but rotor was humped.
Seems to be fine now…not the strongest and not the widest (think my next set will be 19mm, I’m running Conti Vert Pros and they seem fine but the tyre does look like a balloon…
Lighter than the tubeless ready high end rims, but I think they are 19mm and probably stronger.Posted 7 years ago
Cupid – I’m riding an Orange Patriot – last model they ever made and it’s mint, perfect for the Alps. Also got an Orange SubZero hardtail – also mint and also perfect for the Alps! The new wheels will be a second set I can swap to for the amazing backcountry rides I’ll be doing with Bike Verbier. I have 321s and they’re good, but I’d like something lighter for epics.Posted 7 years agojamesMember
“Would a Mavic EN521 not be a much better choice for the riding your intending? Yes its 100g heavier”
A DT Swiss E530/E540 would be cheaper, lighter(or the same) and wider internally(IIRC) though
“Does 2mm make that much difference?”Posted 7 years ago
When its the difference between 17 and 19, yes it does (as per what I said above)MugbooSubscriber
I have had 317 on both my HT & susser.
They are all slightly buckled but perfectly usable. I don’t treat them gently and one of the rears has survived a genuine 6 foot drop on the hardtail (landing not far off flat).
You get what you pay for. They are cheap, lightish, strongish.
Pay a bit more and you’l get better rims.
Running Flows now so we’ll see how they survive..Posted 7 years agomessiahMember
317’s feel squirmy with tyres over 2.25 and under 35psi, and also prone to pinch flats.
Mavic used to make the best rims but they haven’t really changed in the last 10 years. IMHO they are now too narrow. Stans may not make the best quality rims and are probably not as strong as Mavic’s, but the extra width and design mean that the tyre protects the rim better, and therefore thay are currently the better rims to use. Mavic have concentrated on their own wheel builds and ignored the rim market for a few years, hopefully they will see whats going on and catch up… but they are French so who knows what they will actually do.Posted 7 years agowoodsmanMember
A bit light and narrow for that tyre size ideally. If you’re buying new go up to a 19mm for a 2.35.
I’ve got through a few 17mm Mavic rims in the past. Currently on 819 – works well and not too heavy. I used a 321 in the past, but I did notice the weight and it wasn’t any stronger than my 819.
As always it depends on rider and ride style.Posted 7 years agojulianwilsonMember
Depends on what tyre size/pressures you want, the quality of the build, riding style and weight in that order, IMHO.
But on balance it sounds as though you’d be wanting xm719 or even 521 (cheaper and heavier but well good in my experience.) Also if you get into 521 territory look at dt e540 for similar wieght/profile/strength. I think crc do the last 2 pretty cheap at the mo.
Just get someone good to build them! Fancy/tough rims will still pringle and break spokes if you get them built poorly/in a hurry.Posted 7 years ago
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