Mavic EX823 rims/Burgtec hubs wheelset review£515.00

Belter of a mountain bike wheelset

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Burgtec’s kit is among the best there is – add Mavic’s most advanced rims and this wheelset is a belter.

Mountain Biking UK's Doddy fell in love with Mavic’s tubeless EX823 rims in Whistler last year. They’re not cheap (£73 each) and the unique cradled nipples need Loctite to stay put, but they’re incredibly strong.

The tall hub flanges mean you can use shorter spokes to create a very tight wheel, maximising the 150mm width spacing benefits. They’re light for a big body unit as well.

We went through a set of the super-smooth German bearings on an early rear hub fast, but this set has been fine and the fronts are well sealed. Make sure you really tighten your cassette down though, or the splines can scar.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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