Mavic DeeMax review£439.00

These big downhill-specific wheels have been race icons for years and they're still up there with the best. The thick-set rims are UST tubeless compatible for low-pressure, high-traction running and they're super strong and stiff for great cornering.

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These big downhill-specific wheels have been race icons for years and they're still up there with the best. The thick-set rims are UST tubeless compatible for low-pressure, high-traction running and they're super strong and stiff for great cornering. The straight-pull spokes are also far tougher and tighter than you'd expect from only 28 of them.

The hubs are the only slight weak link - although a bit of thread lock stops the adaptors falling out, the front bearings wear quite fast. The rear hub also has a reputation for occasionally eating its freehub at the wrong moment. A full range of rear axles is available though (including a 150mm version) and this wheelset is still lusted after by downhill racers, despite the cost.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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