Mavic CrossMax XL review£565.00

The CrossMax XL wheelset has been around for several years and it's still great. Mavic's unique sealed-bed rims mean you can run UST tubeless or normal tyres without adaptors and they're very tough.

BikeRadar score4/5

The CrossMax XL wheelset has been around for several years and it's still great. Mavic's unique sealed-bed rims mean you can run UST tubeless or normal tyres without adaptors and they're very tough, but they're disc only and the tyre fit can be tight. Twenty four fat zicral alloy spokes give cartoonish looks, but they're far tougher than you'd expect.

The slotted, fat-bodied hubs keep the weight way down; the front bearings need replacing occasionally and it's best to thread lock the 20mm axle spacers in, but if you service the rear hub regularly, it's sorted. The low weight of this set makes it a super agile XC/freeride choice, but the high price reflects that.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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