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Wheelset Question(Mavic MA2 w/Shimano 600)(7 posts)

Wheelset Question(Mavic MA2 w/Shimano 600)Bluenose1
Jan 10, 2002 6:00 AM
A friend has this wheelset for sale and I was wondering about where these parts fit in Mavic's and Shimano's line ups. They look like older models to me but the wheels do look in very good shape. How would they compare to my current set(Mavic CXP 21 w/ RX 100)? Thanks.
re: MA-2's were high quality all-purpose rims 600 became Ultegradzrider
Jan 10, 2002 6:12 AM
If these wheels are in good shape they're likely to be better than RX100 with CXP21s. The rims were very sturdy and durable and weighed about 450 grams. They were also available in gray as MA-40's. The 600 hubs ran well and were easy to service.
More on MA-2's...Cima Coppi
Jan 10, 2002 6:49 AM
The difference between the MA-2's and the MA-40's is the MA-2 are not hard anodized, hence their silver finish. They are great rims, that are extremely durable when built properly. I built a set of MA-2's for a friend many years ago, and they were very strong. I own a set of MA-40's that I built in 1988 or 1989, and they are still used on my training bike. The design of these rims helped keep Mavic on the map for clincher innovation.

If they're in good shape, I'd snap 'em upcory
Jan 10, 2002 8:33 AM
I have a set of wheels built at least 10 years ago with MA-40s (essentially the same rim), and they're still going strong. I'd buy another set today, if I could get 'em.
are ma-3's a progression of ma-2's?naff geezer
Jan 10, 2002 11:29 AM
or is it a different rim?
The MA-3 is the upgrade to the MA-2/MA-40...Cima Coppi
Jan 10, 2002 1:20 PM
The cross section on the MA-3 is a different shape than the MA-2. Honestly, I do not know if there is a noticable performance or quality change with the MA-3, but there is when one makes the jump to the Open 4 rim.

re: Wheelset Question(Mavic MA2 w/Shimano 600)sprockets
Jan 10, 2002 8:44 AM
they are comparable to the wheel you mention. They could be a decent wheel if well built, but I would have someone go over them and I would not pay much for them. A decent wheel doesn't have to cost much these days, although you can pay an arm and a leg for the high-end stuff.

The wheels in question are older items, after all, and although my MA2 were nice and ran for a long time, newer stuff is better.