Home
Everything you need to know before you buy

French brand Mavic makes some of the most popular bike wheels out there. It doesn’t produce anything super-cheap, its road bike options starting at £150 and going right through to over £2,000.

Apart from the cheapest Aksiums, Mavic’s road wheels come equipped with tyres because the brand sees them working together as complete systems.

The range is large and could be somewhat confusing, so we’ll try to break it down as logically as possible. To muddy the waters even more, Mavic has recently introduced Road UST, which is its take on Road Tubeless. There are UST versions of many of Mavic's most popular wheels, and the venerable, much-loved Open Pro rims will also be available in a UST version.

Mavic has recently announced an addition to the range in the Cosmic Ultimate UST, an all-carbon fibre wheelset aimed squarely at road racers.

Fact of the day: Mavic is actually an acronym coming from Manufacture d'Articles Vélocipédiques Idoux et Chanel. Charles Idoux and Lucien Chanel founded the company in 1890 to make mudguards.

Without further ado, here's the essential data on the full range, plus links to the cheapest sources we've been able to find.

Model Claimed weights (grams) RRP Price
Front Rear Pair
Entry level
Aksium 865 1,015 1,880 £160 £142.50
Aksium Disc 940 1,105 2,045 £175 £145.00
Aksium Elite 815 970 1,785 £235 £198.00
All-round & racing
Ksyrium 845 895 1,740 £389 £349.00
Ksyrium Disc 845 895 1,740 £419 £375.00
Ksyrium Elite UST 665 855 1,520 £529 £469.00
Ksyrium Elite UST Disc 770 900 1,670 £569 £509.00
Ksyrium Pro UST 590 820 1,410 £829 £745.00
Ksyrium Pro UST Disc 770 880 1,650 £859 £749.00
Ksyrium Pro Exalith 630 845 1,475 £999 £898.99
Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL 615 775 1,390 £1,600 £1,199.00
Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL Tubular 515 675 1,190 £1,700 £1,529.99
Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL Disc 725 795 1,520 £1,700 £924.99
Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL Tubular Disc 625 695 1,320 £1,759 £1,758.99
R-Sys SLR 555 740 1,295 £1,579 £1,089.09
Gravel & cyclocross
Allroad Elite UST 685 905 1,590 £615 £553.50
Allroad Elite UST Disc 795 925 1,720 £659 £546.58
Allroad Pro UST Disc 730 880 1,610 £859 £773.10
Medium-section aero
Cosmic Elite UST 815 955 1,770 £389 £325.00
Cosmic Elite UST Disc 855 995 1,850 £419 £375.00
Cosmic Pro Carbon 755 925 1,680 £969 £775.00
Cosmic Pro Carbon Disc 835 935 1,770 £1,049 £899.00
Cosmic Pro Carbon Exalith 755 925 1,680 £1,139 £866.00
Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST 665 825 1,490 £1,579 £1,389.00
Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST Disc 750 820 1,570 £1,669 £1,499.00
Cosmic Pro Carbon SL Tubular 620 790 1,410 £1,700 £1,499.00
Cosmic Pro Carbon SL Tubular Disc 730 810 1,540 £1,800 £1,583.10
Cosmic Ultimate Tubular 555 695 1,250 £2,640 £1,999.99
Cosmic Ultimate UST 600 710 1,310 £3,062 NA
Deep-section aero
Comete Pro Carbon SL UST 740 895 1,635 £1,579 £1,349.00
Comete Pro Carbon SL Tubular 1,490 £1,669 £1,499.00
Comete Pro Carbon SL UST Disc 845 910 1,755 £1,669 £1,349.00
Comete Pro Carbon SL Tubular Disc 765 865 1,630 £1,759 £1,349.00
Comete Road rear aero disc 1,100 1,100 £1,889 £1,699.00

Road UST

Mavic Road UST cross-section

Mavic Road UST cross-section

Mavic Road UST cross-section

As you can see from the listing, many of Mavic's clincher rims are now Road UST, and conventional versions are gradually disappearing as shops run out.

You can learn more about Road UST in our news story about the launch of the system: Mavic introduces Road UST tubeless system covering huge section of wheel range.

The executive summary for Road UST is that the combination of rim and tyre bead design makes it easier to get tyres on and off, and to seat them, according to Mavic. A Road UST tyre on a Road UST rim will seat with a standard floor pump with as little as 47psi.

However, only Mavic currently makes compatible wheels and tyres, which are designed together with there’s tight control over production variances. The Road UST standard is being approved by both ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ETRTO (European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation) working groups, so other manufacturers will be able to make Road UST wheels and tyres when that process is complete.​

Endurance wheels

Aksium

aksium_logo.jpg

aksium_logo.jpg

Aksiums — no, they're not Aksia, Latin pedants — are Mavic’s entry level road wheels, specced as original equipment on countless bikes. They have 21mm high pinned aluminium rims that were widened for the 2016 model to 17mm internal width to better accommodate increasingly popular wide tyres. Mavic reckons Aksiums are best suited to tyres from 25mm to 32mm.

Aksium pair.jpg

Aksium pair.jpg

Like the rest of the range, Aksiums are built with straight pull spokes which the brand says are stronger than J-bend options, and they run on the brand’s QRM sealed cartridge bearings. That keeps maintenance down to a minimum. The hub bodies are aluminium while the axles and the freewheel are steel.

Aksiums are reasonably light for the money (a claimed 865g front, 1,015g rear) and we’ve found them to be quick and generally reliable. These are good, solid all-rounders, though they're not yet available in Road UST.

Check out our Mavic Aksium review.

Mavic Aksium disc.jpeg

Mavic Aksium disc.jpeg

The Aksium Disc uses the same rims and bearings but with either a Center Lock or six bolt disc hub, and more spokes: 24 front and rear as opposed to 20 front and rear. The front hub is convertible from a standard quick release to a 15mm thru-axle design.

Mavic Aksium Elite.jpeg

Mavic Aksium Elite.jpeg

Aksium Elites are a bit lighter than standard Aksiums at a claimed 1,735g (800g front, 935g rear) because Mavic joins the two ends of the rim using a sleeve rather than a pinned joint.

Unlike the other Aksiums, the Elites come with Mavic’s own all-season Yksion Elite Guard tyres with a 120TPI (threads per inch) casing and a nylon anti-puncture breaker that runs from one bead to the other.

Buy if: You're looking for reliable training wheels that aren't too expensive.

Ksyrium range

ksyrium_logo.jpg

ksyrium_logo.jpg

Mavic’s Ksyrium wheels have gradually evolved since 1999, building up a reputation for combining light weight with loads of strength. You might see the cheaper models as workhorse wheels but the higher up the range you go the higher the performance you get for your money.

Ksyrium

Mavic Ksyrium 2017.jpeg

Mavic Ksyrium 2017.jpeg

The lower priced models are made with box section aluminium rims, in the case of the most basic Ksyrium they’re 25mm high with recommended tyre sizes of 23mm to 25mm. Mavic use the same QRM sealed cartridge bearings as you get with the Aksiums, and Yksion Elite tyres come as part of the package.

The claimed wheelset weight is 1,690g (77g front, 920g rear), which is pretty light for this price, although it’s combining that with a bombproof performance that makes this a popular choice.

2018_mavic_ksyrium_disc.jpg

2018_mavic_ksyrium_disc.jpg

The Ksyrium Disc is essentially the same wheel but with disc hubs and four extra spokes per wheel. Neither the rim-brake nor disc versions of the base model Ksyrium are Road UST compatible yet.

Buy if: You're after something that's reasonably light and very sturdy.

Ksyrium Elite UST

2018_mavic_ksyrium_elite_ust.jpg

2018_mavic_ksyrium_elite_ust.jpg

The Ksyrium Elite UST is made of a different material from the cheaper wheels in the range: an aluminium alloy that Mavic calls Maxtal. It has a higher strength to weight ratio than the 6106 aluminium alloy commonly used in rim manufacture. Mavic reduces the rim weight further by milling away material between the spokes. It uses this technique, which it calls ISM 4D, on all of its higher end aluminium rims.

The spoke nipples are screwed directly into the rim as the holes are ‘pushed’ through the inside wall rather than drilled, the pushed up material then being threaded to allow the nipple to be secured.

To make the Elites user serviceable, Mavic has installed steel double sealed bearings that are fully adjustable, even chucking in the tool you need to do it.

When we reviewed the original Ksyrium Elites we said, “Great mid-range wheels for the all-rounder, as happy to race as they are to cruise, but the tyres are average.”

With an RRP of £529, these are the cheapest Road UST wheels in the Ksyrium range.

Read our review of the Mavic Ksyrium Elite.

2018_mavic_ksyrium_elite_ust_disc.jpg

2018_mavic_ksyrium_elite_ust_disc.jpg

In 2017 Mavic added a disc-compatible version of the Ksyrium Elite; that's now the Ksyrium Elite UST Disc.

The Ksyrium Elite UST Disc uses a similar rim to the regular Ksyrium Elite UST with a disc-compatible hub. There are versions to take six-bolt rotors or those with Shimano's Center Lock mount. They weigh a claimed 770g and 900g for front and rear respectively and come with Mavic's Yksion Pro GripLink and PowerLink tyres.

>>Read more: Everything you need to know about road tubeless

Buy if: You want solid all-rounders that are light enough to race.

Ksyrium Pro

2018_mavic_ksyrium_pro_ust.jpg

2018_mavic_ksyrium_pro_ust.jpg

The Ksyrium Pro UST is built with spokes made from Zicral, an aluminium alloy, which Mavic says are stiffer, stronger and lighter than traditional stainless steel spokes.

We’re getting down to some very light weights now; the Ksyrium Pros come in at a claimed 1,410g (590g front, 820g rear).

Buy if: You want a lightweight wheelset that doesn't compromise on durability.

Ksyrium Pro UST Disc

2018_mavic_ksyrium_pro_ust_disc.jpg

2018_mavic_ksyrium_pro_ust_disc.jpg

The Ksyrium Pro UST Discs are, you won't be surprised to learn, the disc-compatible version of the Ksyrium Pro USTs. The hubs on the Ksyrium Pro Discs are compatible with the increasing number of axle standards that are available for road disc. Standard quick release is covered, as is QR15 at the front and 142x12 at the back.

Buy if: You're after light disc brake wheels for endurance riding.

Ksyrium Pro Exalith

Ksyrium Pro Exalith.jpeg

Ksyrium Pro Exalith.jpeg

Exalith is a technology that Mavic has been using on some of its aluminium rims for a few years now. The combination of a chemical treatment and a file-like texture that’s machined into the rim is claimed to reduce braking distances by 20%. You have to use specific pads that are supplied with the wheels.

The other advantage of Exalith is that it reduces rim wear. If you ride in grotty conditions and find road crud rapidly chews through your rims, these wheels are a solid choice. Mavic hasn't yet produced a Road UST version though.

For 2017 the Ksyrium Pro Exalith got a new, wider ISM 4D rim — 17mm across instead of the previous 15mm. Claimed weight is 1,475g/pr which splits out as 630g for the front wheel and 845 g rear.

Buy if: Powerful braking is your first priority.

Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL

Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL.jpeg

Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL.jpeg

These carbon-rimmed wheels are designed for climbing although a lot of effort has been put into making the braking performance as good as possible. What goes up must come down, after all.

When this wheel was first introduced Mavic gave it an alloy insert that formed the bed and the hooks for the tyre bead. This was designed to ensure an even fit for the tyre and to dissipate braking heat through the structure of the wheel. However, this insert disappeared when Mavic developed better carbon curing technology, called TgMax, which could support high temperatures on the braking surface. This surface is also laser finished.

There are four versions, with either clincher or tubular rims and with or without mounts for disc brake rotors. The rim-braked Ksyrium Pro Carbon SLs weigh a claimed 1,390g (front 615g, rear 775g) while the £1,099 disc-compatible version is 130g heavier.

The Pro Carbon SL Tubular is the lightest Ksyrium wheelset at a claimed 1,190g (515g front, 675g rear). The tubular disc version comes in at 1,320g (625g front, 695g rear)

Check out our story from the product launch.

Buy if: You want a superlight wheelset with a good braking performance.

Allroad wheels

2018_mavic_allroad_pro_ust_disc.jpg

2018_mavic_allroad_pro_ust_disc.jpg

For 2018 Mavic has split out these beefed-up wheels from the main Ksyrium range, although they still have a lot in common with Ksyriums. All three use a new Road UST rim with 22mm internal width. Mavic says they work with 28mm-62mm tyres.

Allroad Elite UST

2018_mavic_allroad_elite_ust.jpg

2018_mavic_allroad_elite_ust.jpg

The rim-braked Allroad Elite UST is the cheapest of the range. It's only available with standard 9mm quick releases, so it's suitable for making older bikes a bit off-road capable if they have the tyre clearance, and they'll make great super-tough commuting wheels.

Claimed weight for the pair is 1,590g, which splits 685g/905g front and rear. That's only a little more than the Ksyrium Elite USTs with which they share features like steel double-butted spokes. They come with 30mm Yksion Elite Allroad tyres.

Buy if: You want light but beefy do-everything wheels

Allroad Elite UST Disc

2018_mavic_allroad_elite_ust_disc.jpg

2018_mavic_allroad_elite_ust_disc.jpg

The Allroad Elite UST Disc wheels sound like they're the disc-braked equivalent of the Allroad Elite UST, but there are lots of differences aside from the disc compatibility. For a start they have 24 spokes in both wheels where the Allroad Elite UST has just 18 in the front wheel.

Like the Ksyrium Pro UST Disc wheels, the Allroad Elite UST Discs are compatible with a wide range of axle and quick release designs, including 12mm through-axles and 15mm front axles. These are wheels designed for versatility.

A pair of Allroad Elite UST Discs weighs 1,720g (F:795g, R:925g). They come with 30mm Yksion Elite Allroad or 40mm Yksion Elite Allroad XL tyres.

Buy if: You want off-road-capable disc-braked wheels

Allroad Pro UST Disc

2018_mavic_allroad_pro_ust_disc.jpg

2018_mavic_allroad_pro_ust_disc.jpg

The top model in the Allroad range, the Allroad Pro UST Disc saves weight with details like a 20-spoke front wheel, carbon fibre front hub body and Zicral spokes. That pushes the price up, but at 1,610g per pair (F:730g, R:880g) they're a respectable weight for wide-rim disc wheels.

Like the Allroad Elite UST Disc wheels, this pair comes with your choice of 30mm Yksion Elite Allroad or 40mm Yksion Elite Allroad XL tyres.

Buy if: You want light wheels for gravel racing and endurance riding

R-Sys SLR

R-Sys.jpeg

R-Sys.jpeg

The R-Sys SLR uses hollow carbon-fibre spokes that allow Mavic to build a wheel that’s extremely stiff laterally. Mavic calls this Tracomp technology because the spokes work in both traction and compression to maintain the wheel’s shape whatever forces you throw at it.

R-Sys spokes.jpg

R-Sys spokes.jpg

The R-Sys SLR also features Mavic’s Exalith technology (see Ksyrium Pro Exalith, above) to improve braking and reduce rim wear.

Available in a clincher version only, the R-Sys SLR wheelset weighs just 1,295g (555g front, 740g rear). They're Mavic's lightest clinchers.

Buy if: You want a light weight combined with an excellent level of stiffness.

Aero wheels

Cosmic Elite UST

Cosmic Elite.jpg

Cosmic Elite.jpg

Cosmic is the name that Mavic gives to its mid-depth wheels that are designed with aerodynamics in mind. The Cosmic Elite UST is the most accessible model, with 30mm-deep aluminium rims, aluminium hub bodies, and bladed steel spokes. In terms of materials, this is essentially an aero version of Mavic’s basic Ksyrium, except that, unlike the Ksyrium it has a Road UST rim, making it Mavic's cheapest tubeless option.

Buy if: You want a tubeless-compatible aero wheelset at a budget price.

Cosmic Elite UST Disc

2018_mavic_cosmic_elite_ust_disc.jpg

2018_mavic_cosmic_elite_ust_disc.jpg

Mavic has added several disc-compatible models to its 2018 range, including these accessible aero wheels. They're largely the same as the rim-braked version, but with 24 spokes per wheel.

Buy if: You want your value-for-money tubeless aero wheels disc compatible

Cosmic Pro Carbon

Cosmic Carbon 2017.jpeg

Cosmic Carbon 2017.jpeg

Tweaked for 2017, the Cosmic Pro Carbon is an entirely different design with 45mm-deep rims that feature elliptical sidewalls. Those rims are Maxtal aluminium with carbon-fibre flanges bonded on to improve the aerodynamic performance.

mavic-cosmic-pro-carbon-1.jpg

mavic-cosmic-pro-carbon-1.jpg

The extra material does add to the weight. A pair of Cosmic Pro Carbons comes in at a claimed 1,650g (735g front, 915g rear).

For 2017, Mavic introduced a disc-compatible version of the Cosmic Pro Carbon. The disc mounts unavoidably add weight, bringing the total to 1,770g (835g front, 935g rear)

mavic_cosmic_carbon_pro_exalith.jpg

mavic_cosmic_carbon_pro_exalith.jpg

The Cosmic Pro Carbon Exalith is the same rim-braked wheel except that the rim has been given Mavic’s Exalith 2 treatment (see above) to improve durability and braking performance.

The combination of an aluminium brake track and a carbon fibre fairing isn't the lightest way to build an aero wheel, but it does keep the price under control while delivering almost all of the speed benefits of deep rims.

Buy if: You want aero performance while retaining good braking on an aluminium brake track.

Cosmic Pro Carbon SL

2018_mavic_cosmic_pro_carbon_sl_ust.jpg

2018_mavic_cosmic_pro_carbon_sl_ust.jpg

The Cosmic Pro Carbon SL family have 40mm deep full carbon rims and again there are versions for rim and disc brakes and for clincher and tubular tyres. For 2018 the clincher versions have Road UST rims.

We were very impressed by the Cosmic Pro Carbon SL when we reviewed them. They weigh what they supposed to (and for more than most people spend on a complete bike, they'd better), they're fast and Mavic's new brake track treatment means stopping in the wet is almost as good as in the dry, an area that traditionally been a weakness of carbon rims.

Read more: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL clincher wheels review

As you'd expect, they're light. The rim-braked Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST weighs 1,490 g/pr (645g front, 805g rear), while the Pro Carbon SL Tubular comes in at just 1,410g (620g front, 790g rear).

The disc-brake versions are a little heavier as you'd expect. The Pro Carbon SL Disc UST pairing weighs 1,570g (750g front, 820g rear) while the Pro Carbon SL Disc tubulars are 1,540g (730g front, 810g rear).

Cosmic Ultimate Tubular

Cosmic Ultimate.jpg

Cosmic Ultimate.jpg

The Cosmic Ultimate Tubular also has a full-carbon 40mm deep rim. The spokes are carbon too, as is the front hub body. This all drops the weight down to a claimed 1,250g for the wheelset (555g front, 695g rear).

The Cosmic Ultimate is the wheel that you’ll see used most frequently by Mavic sponsored pro teams because of its light weight and a depth that’s suitable for a variety of terrains and conditions.

Buy if: You want a professional level wheelset that's light and versatile.

Cosmic Ultimate UST

mavic_cosmic_ultimate_ust6.jpg

mavic_cosmic_ultimate_ust6.jpg

The latest addition to the Road UST line-up, these ultra-spendy wheels are squarely aimed at getting Mavic's sponsored racers on tubeless tyres. Mavic claims a weight of 1,300g for a pair, which is very impressive for aero clinchers, and says the aerodynamic performance is on a par with comparable wheels like Zipp's 303 Firecrests. Mavic also claims individual weights of 595g for the front wheel and 795g. They're slated to be available in early 2019.

There's no disc brake version as yet, and while we expect Mavic will eventually come up with some sort of superlight disc-brake aero clincher, it's going to be a challenge to mount a rotor on a Cosmic Ultimate style carbon hub.

Buy if: You want a low-weight combination of the latest aero and tubeless technologies

Hyperaero wheels

​Mavic refers to wheels with rims deeper than the Cosmic's 30mm and 40mm as Hyperaero, and has replaced the old CXR wheels with four new models under the Comète name, formerly reserved for a time trial rear disc.

Comète Pro Carbon SL

2018_mavic_comete_sl_carbon_crop.jpg

2018_mavic_comete_sl_carbon_crop.jpg

These are very much Mavic's most modern aero wheels, with 64mm deep, 26mm wide NACA profile rims. They're reasonably light too: the Comète Pro Carbon SL UST comes in at 1,635g per pair, a few grams less than rivals like DT Swiss PRC 1400 Spline wheels.

Since there still aren't many people using disc brakes in time trials and triathlons, we suspect the most popular wheels from this group are going to be the tubular and UST versions.

2018_mavic_comete_pro_carbon_sl.jpg

2018_mavic_comete_pro_carbon_sl.jpg

At 1,490g a pair the Comète Pro Carbon SL Tubular is the lightest model in the range, which is as you'd expect: with no mounts for a disc rotor or hooks for a tyre bead, a rim-braked tubular is still the lightest way to make a wheel.

Nevertheless, as we mentioned, the Comète Pro Carbon SL UST's 1,635g is pretty impressive for a clincher wheel with a rim this deep. That splits out as 740g for the front wheel and 895g rear.

If you're looking for an extra turn of speed for a [modern endurance bike, then the Comète Pro Carbon SL UST Disc could be for you. A pair weighs 1,755g (F:845g, R:910g).

Finally traditional and modern collide in the Comète Pro Carbon SL Tubular Disc. A pair weighs 1,630 (F:765g, R:865g). Both these wheels and the UST version are compatible with quick-release and through-axle systems.

Buy if: You want Mavic's fastest aero wheels

Comète Road

Comete 2017.jpg

Comete 2017.jpg

The Comète time trial/triathlon disc wheel, available only as a tubular, is carbon fibre with an aluminium rim body and a Mavic Exalith brake track for improved braking and durability. The walls are asymmetrical: convex on the driveside and lenticular on the non-driveside.

Buy if: You're after a disc wheel that offers a top-level braking performance.

For more info go to www.mavic.co.uk.

About road.cc Buyer's Guides

The aim of road.cc buyer's guides is to give you the most, authoritative, objective and up-to-date buying advice. We continuously update and republish our guides, checking prices, availability and looking for the best deals.

Our guides include links to websites where you can buy the featured products. Like most sites we make a small amount of money if you buy something after clicking on one of those links. We want you to be happy with what you buy, so we only include a product in a if we think it's one of the best of its kind.

As far as possible that means recommending equipment that we have actually reviewed, but we also include products that are popular, highly-regarded benchmarks in their categories.

Here's some more information on how road.cc makes money.

You can also find further guides on our sister sites off.road.cc and ebiketips.

Road.cc buyer's guides are maintained and updated by John Stevenson. Email John with comments, corrections or queries.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

23 comments

Avatar
fennesz [152 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes

Are the prices correct?  For example, the  Cosmic Pro Carbon SL were £1,440 at launch - they now retail at £1,600.  Great wheels, btw.

Avatar
handlebarcam [1125 posts] 1 year ago
2 likes

Sadly I have found, and had corroborated by several club mates, that Mavic's quality control went downhill several years ago. Once a byword for excellence in both racing and touring rims, and an innovator of factory-built wheels and straight-pull spokes, now they seem to often come with highly variable spoke tension and bits of welding material rattling around inside the rim.

Avatar
Man of Lard [343 posts] 1 year ago
1 like

Echo that and add freehubs apparently made from camembert or substandard brie.

Avatar
Anthony.C [263 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes
fennesz wrote:

Are the prices correct?  For example, the  Cosmic Pro Carbon SL were £1,440 at launch - they now retail at £1,600.  Great wheels, btw.

The prices have gone back down again at most shops.

Avatar
Chris Hayes [253 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes

Does anyone know whether the new Open Pro - which I don't think is listed here - unless they've called it a Kysirium Pro - will be sold as a rim only option?  I've been riding Open Pros for a while:  they make an excellent, robust wheel and are an antedote to our appalling roads... 

Avatar
beezus fufoon [972 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes
Chris Hayes wrote:

Does anyone know whether the new Open Pro - which I don't think is listed here - unless they've called it a Kysirium Pro - will be sold as a rim only option?  I've been riding Open Pros for a while:  they make an excellent, robust wheel and are an antedote to our appalling roads... 

https://shop.mavic.com/en-gb/road-and-triathlon/rims.html

yes they do, also the cxp pro are worth a look

Avatar
beezus fufoon [972 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes
Chris Hayes wrote:
beezus fufoon wrote:
Chris Hayes wrote:

Does anyone know whether the new Open Pro - which I don't think is listed here - unless they've called it a Kysirium Pro - will be sold as a rim only option?  I've been riding Open Pros for a while:  they make an excellent, robust wheel and are an antedote to our appalling roads... 

https://shop.mavic.com/en-gb/road-and-triathlon/rims.html

yes they do, also the cxp pro are worth a look

Hmmm....the link is taking me to the old rims... but I found this on Bike Radar... which confirms your comment.  They look very cool... not that my old donkey have disc brakes! 

www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/mavic-new-open-pro-rim-tubeless-disc...

 

interesting - I've not seen those new ones on sale anywhere yet - if you want the old ones it maybe a good time to grab them - the best deals I've seen are Wiggle for the black or silver, Acycles or Fatbirds for the CD

Avatar
Chris Hayes [253 posts] 1 year ago
1 like
beezus fufoon wrote:
Chris Hayes wrote:
beezus fufoon wrote:
Chris Hayes wrote:

Does anyone know whether the new Open Pro - which I don't think is listed here - unless they've called it a Kysirium Pro - will be sold as a rim only option?  I've been riding Open Pros for a while:  they make an excellent, robust wheel and are an antedote to our appalling roads... 

https://shop.mavic.com/en-gb/road-and-triathlon/rims.html

yes they do, also the cxp pro are worth a look

Hmmm....the link is taking me to the old rims... but I found this on Bike Radar... which confirms your comment.  They look very cool... not that my old donkey have disc brakes! 

www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/mavic-new-open-pro-rim-tubeless-disc...

 

interesting - I've not seen those new ones on sale anywhere yet - if you want the old ones it maybe a good time to grab them - the best deals I've seen are Wiggle for the black or silver, Acycles or Fatbirds for the CD

I have a couple of sets already so I'm good - but I'm very interested in trying the new ones.  No one seems to know much about them beyond the article I posted.  My LBS spoke to Mavic, but they didn't give out much info either.  I'll try again tomorrow....

Avatar
Chris Hayes [253 posts] 1 year ago
1 like
beezus fufoon wrote:
Chris Hayes wrote:
beezus fufoon wrote:
Chris Hayes wrote:

Does anyone know whether the new Open Pro - which I don't think is listed here - unless they've called it a Kysirium Pro - will be sold as a rim only option?  I've been riding Open Pros for a while:  they make an excellent, robust wheel and are an antedote to our appalling roads... 

https://shop.mavic.com/en-gb/road-and-triathlon/rims.html

yes they do, also the cxp pro are worth a look

Hmmm....the link is taking me to the old rims... but I found this on Bike Radar... which confirms your comment.  They look very cool... not that my old donkey have disc brakes! 

www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/mavic-new-open-pro-rim-tubeless-disc...

 

interesting - I've not seen those new ones on sale anywhere yet - if you want the old ones it maybe a good time to grab them - the best deals I've seen are Wiggle for the black or silver, Acycles or Fatbirds for the CD

 

420g per rim too...that's 45g lighter than my HEDs...and anything comparable on Strada's website...

Avatar
BehindTheBikesheds [2039 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes
Chris Hayes wrote:

I have a couple of sets already so I'm good - but I'm very interested in trying the new ones.  No one seems to know much about them beyond the article I posted.  My LBS spoke to Mavic, but they didn't give out much info either.  I'll try again tomorrow....

There's a discussion on the CUK forum about them, going to be a bit spendy at circa £70 and the 'ceramic' coating is not going to last anywhere near as long as the older variant, not even close, so for me personally who still uses the older ceramic Mavic rims (Open 4 and Open SUP) I think I'll continue to buy up the sweepings that no-one wants anymore.

A few other companies made ceramic rims too but becoming like rocking horse shit to find in the UK.

I still use my ksyrium SSCs and Heliums, they are both MAXTAL alloy and the SSC have Zicral spokes and weigh approx 1700g and are very very sturdy, the heliums are a great wheelset for a multitude of sins and were quite popular with cross country way back when.

As discussed elsewhere Mavic either had great foresight or just got lucky with their freehub design so that the older wheels could take a Shimano 11 speed. the freehub bodies are made of steel too so for the sake of a few grams you don't have to worry about the sprockets embedding themselves in the body.

My best mavic rim in terms of value is an MA2, still going strong on a Sansin sealed hub on my commuter/utility and it was second hand to me 6 years ago.

 

Avatar
Chris Hayes [253 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes

I spoke to Mavic yesterday who confirmed that the new Open Pro rim would be available in Q3 - September - but with no specific release date yet decided.  Prior to that they will be releasing two wheelsets; one special edition with Chris King R45 hubs in July, and one without Chris King hubs.   As Chris King hubs aren't compatible with Mavic's blade-style spokes, I guess this means the eyelets will be narrow-gauge....

Avatar
ehelifecycle [3 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes

Road cc banned my song last time i tried to post it, oh well second Time Lucky let's have a go like this; just google "mavic fail song'

Avatar
Chris Hayes [253 posts] 1 year ago
1 like
beezus fufoon wrote:
Chris Hayes wrote:

Does anyone know whether the new Open Pro - which I don't think is listed here - unless they've called it a Kysirium Pro - will be sold as a rim only option?  I've been riding Open Pros for a while:  they make an excellent, robust wheel and are an antedote to our appalling roads... 

https://shop.mavic.com/en-gb/road-and-triathlon/rims.html

yes they do, also the cxp pro are worth a look

Hmmm....the link is taking me to the old rims... but I found this on Bike Radar... which confirms your comment.  They look very cool... not that my old donkey has disc brakes! 

www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/mavic-new-open-pro-rim-tubeless-disc...

 

Avatar
brackley88 [168 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes

Just spent five days in Tuscany riding a new Canyon with Kysrium Pro Exalith SLs. 

In summary: very poor.

The braking was not as good as plain alu rims, even when toed in. The screeching did subside, but there is no way the braking was better than other untreated rims. 

Flex...!!!  every time I got out of the saddle, even gently, the wheels flexed and the rims rubbed. Had to loosen off the brakes on every climb. They even rubbed when seated, if you steered left or right creating lateral movement. 

I was riding with an Olympian and former pro and he was taken aback with how poor the perfomance was. 

 

Sigh.....

Avatar
700c [1260 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes

Just spent five days in Tuscany riding a new Canyon with Kysrium Pro Exalith SLs. 

In summary: very poor.

So in 2017 Mavic have managed to produce a less aero and less stiff wheelset than the 2011 Reynolds 46's i bought years ago and still going strong, at the same weight! (1190 g).

Avatar
Huw Watkins [157 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes

But on the other side, I've been riding a pair of Cosmic Pro Carbon SL wheels for the last 6 weeks and they're excellent.  

Braking is outstanding - a little too much so on occasion - and they don't flex at all, even under my 90kg.

Avatar
srchar [869 posts] 1 year ago
1 like

Surely everyone knows by now that any cyclist's needs can be fulfilled by just two factory wheelsets: Campagnolo Zondas and Campagnolo Boras.

Avatar
Huw Watkins [157 posts] 1 year ago
0 likes
srchar wrote:

Surely everyone knows by now that any cyclist's needs can be fulfilled by just two factory wheelsets: Campagnolo Zondas and Campagnolo Boras.

But just try getting spares these days.

I waited 5 months for a Eurus rim and I only managed to get Bullet spokes by shopping in Germany. Condor couldn't get them for me.

Long gone are the days when shops like J D Whiskers could sell you the parts to rebuild a 20 year old Campag rear mech.

Conversely, getting Mavic wheels fixed / rebuilt is pretty easy.

Avatar
BarryBianchi [419 posts] 1 year ago
1 like
Huw Watkins wrote:

 

But just try getting spares these days.

 

Easy. You just pay £60 p+p per £3 spoke from Romaina...

Avatar
srchar [869 posts] 1 year ago
1 like
Huw Watkins wrote:

But just try getting spares these days.

Velotech is your friend.

Avatar
velo311 [1 post] 7 months ago
0 likes

It is a shame that you're blaming the brake rub on the wheels. Typically, brake rub is coming more from the frame and not the wheels. Unless the wheels have an incredibly flexy hub / axle ... which Mavic wheels are definitely NOT known for ... it seems like this was more about the frame.

 

brackley88 wrote:

Just spent five days in Tuscany riding a new Canyon with Kysrium Pro Exalith SLs. 

In summary: very poor.

The braking was not as good as plain alu rims, even when toed in. The screeching did subside, but there is no way the braking was better than other untreated rims. 

Flex...!!!  every time I got out of the saddle, even gently, the wheels flexed and the rims rubbed. Had to loosen off the brakes on every climb. They even rubbed when seated, if you steered left or right creating lateral movement. 

I was riding with an Olympian and former pro and he was taken aback with how poor the perfomance was. 

 

Sigh.....

Avatar
bigblue [27 posts] 3 months ago
0 likes
brackley88 wrote:

Just spent five days in Tuscany riding a new Canyon with Kysrium Pro Exalith SLs. [...]  They even rubbed when seated, if you steered left or right creating lateral movement. 

You had wheels that flexed when you steered ? Something very wrong there. That's not typical, doesn't even make much sense.

Avatar
Rapha Nadal [847 posts] 3 months ago
0 likes

I wonder if this article was written after a test of the wheels?

"Kysrium Pro - Buy if: You want a lightweight wheelset that doesn't compromise on durability."

Rims wore out & freehub went after 2 winters of hard use.  Not a patch on the older models.

"R-Sys SLR - Buy if: You want a light weight combined with an excellent level of stiffness."

What level of stiffness?!  Wet noodles are stiffer.  Thankfully these got written off by a car and replaced.  Braking was superb though.