What Rims??

Sep 20, 2007
Champaign, IL
I flat-spotted my rear 517 on a nasty little g-out log gap during a race last year and need to replace it. I don't know if I want to track down another 517 (or very similar Mavic rim) or go with something completely new.

It MUST have a brake track as I am running rim brakes.
It MUST be 32 hole because I am not selling my King hubs.
I would like the option of running tubeless.

I have looked at the Stans rims bu other than that don't really know where to look. (DT, Mavic, Sun, etc.) I have always hunted rims for DH or DJ bikes so I don't know much about the XC race market.

I would like ANY suggestions. Don't limit them by price at all because the bike does have a very nice build on it. If an expensive rim will be hands down better than a cheaper one I can spend the cash.

Let me know what you guys are riding, have ridden, and would recommend.


The bike:


Turbo Monkey
Mar 6, 2004
The 909
A local wheelbuilder holds the DT rims in high regard. Those whould be what I would rock if I were in the market for a wheelset.


Oct 15, 2001
Boston, MA
I am a big fan of Mavic rims. I have used a number of other makers over the years but Mavics IMO are the best made. I have 517 Ceramics on my XC HT and wouldnt change em for any other rim I can think of