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Mavic MA3 Rims

3.79/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00


Product Description

Machined braking surface and box shape for strength.

Weight : 470g


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stevecrowley a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2010

Strengths:    The best thing about these rims is that they are dirt cheap. I think they are the cheapest mavic rim you can get. Relatively stiff, strong feeling. Excellent breaking power with Koolstop all weather pads. Also they look great on a classic steel frame.

Weaknesses:    These are heavy mofos. If you have a bit more money you should go with Mavic Open Pro rims. Pinned construcion, not welded, so they are not as strong as Open sports or open pros.

Bottom Line:   
Cheap, ultra low budget mavics for commuting or touring, or other applications where weight is not important. I have only about 250 miles on these wheels so far, and the one thing I have noticed is the weight. These wheels are pretty hefty. As far as stiffness is concerned, these are OK, but not great. They do look good on my bike though (1979 Gazelle Champion Mondiale). So all in all a great rim for the money (I think they go for like 40 bucks). Relatively solid but heavy, great for a commuter or touring bike.

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Favorite Ride:   Monterey Velo Club ride in Pebble Beach

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Neuvation m28, Mavic Helium, Campagnolo Nucleon, Campagnolo Proton

Bike Setup:   1979 Gazelle Champion Mondiale Semi-Custom "A-Frame" Shimano 7 Speed drivetrain, Vittoria team pro 700x20C tires


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ebender a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2008

Strengths:    Strong. Cheap. No BS.

Weaknesses:    Boring old box-section rim.
Discontinued. Now produced, slightly modified, under the lame name "Open Sport."


Bottom Line:   
These things are cheap and bombproof. Other reviewers here don't seem to understand that breaking spokes is not a rim problem -- that's a spoke/wheelbuilder problem. I've built and ridden 4 wheels on MA3s. Never a problem. I'm not super heavy (140ish), but I ride hard.

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Favorite Ride:   downtown

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   Open pro, deep v, aerohead, etc.

Bike Setup:   i've used these with road, track, and coaster hubs (700c coaster is awesome, try it)


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bernie a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2005

Strengths:    Cheap. Nearly always bang-on true laterally and vertically when new. Quite light aswell. Widely available.

Weaknesses:    Infamous for ridiculous wear on braking surfaces in salty gritty winter conditions. There's no wear indicator either, so you must 'guess' when it's time to replace it (otherwise risk injury or fatality when the sidewall explodes tragically). The problem of cracking at the eyelets is well-known and is characteristic of all Mavic's hard-anodized rims - best to use modest spoke tensions, flexible double butted spokes and build the wheel extra carefully. Best still, use a different rim.

Bottom Line:   
Cheap cheerful rim, not designed with long-term durability, winter usage or safety in mind. Built carefully with double-butted spokes and ridden in dry conditions on decent quality roads, they can often last long enough to be cost effective.

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Similar Products Used:   Open pro, Reflex, Rigidas

Bike Setup:   531 audax-type


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Yeit a Commuter

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2005

Strengths:    Good value, reasonably durable

Weaknesses:    Somewhat heavy, not super durable.

Bottom Line:   
These are generally decent, solid rims for the money. Not ultra durable or ultra light, but you basically get what you pay for.

I got these rims with a new wheelset I bought for my Trek XO-1 cyclocross bike. After just under two years of commuting and recreational use, the rear rim is just about shot. I can't blame the rim entirely as I had a heavy load a couple times, and unfortunately the tire was a little low, so the rim bent. Again, not entirely the rims fault, but the load wasn't that heavy, so it shouldn't have bent so easily.

This isn't a bad set of rims, but if your looking to build a new wheel, or replace the rim on your existing wheel, spend a few bucks more and gets something better.

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Favorite Ride:   Everywhere

Bike Setup:   Trek X0-1, Sora cranks, Deore rear derailleur, bar-end shifters


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by the bull a Road Racer from chapel hill

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2003

Strengths:    Mine is a 36 hole rim.
It is bulletproof.
Laced with DT double butted spokes to a reborn Dura-ace hub.


Weaknesses:    A little heavy but it is a workhorse training wheel. Not bad for what I am using it for.

Bottom Line:   
Good soild rim for the money.
Some knock this rim but a rim is only as good as the builder of the wheel.
I have put a fair number of miles on this wheel and have even riden it on 50 miles of unpaved road. It is still in perfect true.

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Favorite Ride:   Rain(for this wheelset)

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   Mavic MA 40 (same deal)

Bike Setup:   This is on a steel bike with a 9 speed campy set up(9 speed ultegra casstte workd fine with my campy)



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Mavic MA3 failure

Noticed this last night on my commute bike. Wheel has about 8,000 miles on it. It's mated to a ten speed hub, but I would not say that the wheel was over-tensioned. [img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2512/3720956269_6b45877faf.jpg?v=0[/img] Anyway, since they don't make the MA3 anymore, anyone k ... Read More »

Mavic MA3 pressure rating.

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ma3 vs open pro

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buy Mavic Open Pro, MA3, CXP 21 or 23...?

I have a Gunnar Crosshairs that I use for commuting. It'll need wheels soon. From what I read Open Pros seem to be the choice of many. How do they differ from MA3s, CXP 21 and 23 etc. Any recommendations? Thanks.Read More »

Jake the Snake's stock MA3 wheelset weight?

The 2005 JtS comes equipped w/Mavic MA3's. The front hub is a Shimano Deore w/the rear being a 105. 32 spokes front and rear (I believe 3x) with 15g up front and 14g in the rear. Not sure if they use brass or aluminum nips though. Anyone know what this stock wheelset weighs? Thanks,Read More »

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