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Mavic Vintage Rims

Mavic rims on this page: Module E2 36-hole | MA-40 36-hole

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What is now Mavic was started in the late 19th century as a maker of bicycle components. Charles Idoux & Lucien Chanel began making bicycle parts in 1889. They called their company "Manufacture d'Articles Vélocipédiques Idoux et Chanel". Obviously Mavic is much easier to say.

It was in 1934 that Mavic hit its stride when they began making aluminum bicycle rims. The Tour de France initially forbade their use, Tour boss Henri Desgrange felt they were unsafe compared to wooden rims. Antonin Magne won his second Tour in 1934 using Mavic rims that were painted to look like ones of wood.

In 1975 Mavic began producing the revolutionary Module E, made with a real hook on the bead. This gave the Michelin Elan and other high-pressure tires a more secure seat and almost eliminated tire blow-offs.

Mavic introduced their own component groupset in 1979. The rear derailleurs were beautifully well-made and had an interesting difference. All the derailleur pivot pins were held in place with removable circlips. The derailleurs could be completely disassembled, cleaned and rebuilt. Broken or worn parts, even of the parallelogram, could be replaced.

Mavic 700c Module-E2 rim, 36-hole. Used, $75.00

E2 rims have a stronger double eyelet than the original Module E

Mavic Mudule E2 rim

The rim's inner side

Module E2 rim

Full side view

Module E2rim

Close-up of the double eyelet

Moule E2 rim

And the sidewall

Mavic MA-40 700C x 36 hole rim. New, $300.00/each

Part# 51551

  • This rims weighs 460 grams
  • Stainless steel double eyelets
  • Hard anodized
  • Produced mid-1980s - 1999

Mavic MA-40 rim

Still new and beautiful after all these years.

Mavic MA40 rim