Mavic DeeMax review

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.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £439.00 RRP | USD $862.00
Even with only 28 spokes, this is a tough wheel.

Our review

Instantly recognisable and still the top tubeless downhill race choice
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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name DeeMax
Brand Mavic

Description UST Tubeless Compatible
Front Spoke Count 28
Front Wheel Weight (kg) 1.21
Rear Spoke Count 28
Rear Wheel Weight (kg) 1.45