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Adrian H.

Adrian H.

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Road Biking

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Into Gravel and Time Trials, hopefully at the same time some day.

Adrian H.

Adrian H.wrote a review of on January 9, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Looks like it works great, but there's no info on this site about how there are several Mercury hub models. The G1 wheelset I bought last year didn't work with this item, it didn't fit. I had to go to the Mercury website to realize that there's an older model of hub which req'd a XD driver shipped directly from Mercury. Absolotely no info about this on this site.
If the model # etched on the side of your hub starts with a T, I'd check out the Mercury website and maybe contact them to see what you need.

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Adrian H.

Adrian H.wrote a review of on January 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At least for the set I bought, their hubs were the old style (T model, not their 2018 hubs), which meant that I had to get a more expensive/older (???) version of Mercury's XD body to upgrade. This model wasn't on Competitive Cyclist, so I had no idea it existed. I bought the XD driver on here, it didn't fit, then went on to discover the other model on Mercury's site.

TLDR: make sure you check the model # on the side of the hub: if it starts with a T, I'd contact Mercury to make sure you get the right XD driver.

Apart from this confusion, I've used these with 42mm gravel tires and 28mm road tires and they perform flawlessly in both cases. Absolutely love these things.

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Adrian H.

Adrian H.wrote a review of on March 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, these are the widest rims I've been able to find, apart from full-on MTB hoops.
I'm an eager bandwaggonner on the wide-tires-are-faster trend, so I've been looking for affordable 28mm+ wide rims for a while.
Zipps are deeper and lighter, but also cost more than 2x these and have narrower inner AND outer rim widths. Similar for ENVEs.
Hunt wheels have a gravel wheelset that's similar to this, but a bit narrower, shallower, and more expensive, albeit a bit lighter.

My plan is to use these for some collegiate road racing and cyclocross in the near future, and probably more bikepacking and gravel grinding later on. I'm confident these wheels will be awesome for just about anything.

Some other bits of info not on this page:
1. Seems like 26 point engagement in the freehub, has a good sound. XD driver (for 10-42t cassette) upgrade is about $60 on Mercury site, looks easy to swap.
2. Wheels come with 12mm, 15mm, and 9mmQR axle adaptors for front, and don't need more than a strong grip to swap. Super easy.
3. decals had some bubbles on the glossy top layer, so I took it off. Left a bit of residue, but once that's gone, bam, you have matte decals.
4. Comes with tubeless tape, but you have to install it yourself.
5. The rim well is pretty deep, tire mounting isn't bad at all (with 28mm GP4000SIIs, which I've been told are tough).
6. Non-hooked beads, which don't really affect anything, but it makes them a bit lighter apparently

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