Mavic Ksyrium Elite road wheelset£464.99

Bombproof reliability

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The latest evolution of the Ksyrium Elite has excess weight milled from the rim to reduce inertia. Mavic claim a 20 percent increase in rim rigidity from only drilling the inner rim wall to screw in their well-proven, straight-pull aero spokes, and they’re certainly stiff.

The rims are asymmetrical and the rear is slightly deeper to deal with drivetrain stresses. This is one of the most direct wheelsets out there, with rider input producing instant forward motion over any terrain. We even raced these wheels in a cyclo-cross event, where the sweet handling, excellent braking and response were ideal.

On tarmac they give a firm ride, but their efficiency means you’ll get home faster. Well sealed, adjustable cartridge bearings and bombproof reliability mean the Elites can still more than hold their own. They’re supplied with a bearing adjustment tool, spoke wrench and aero spoke holder.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 43
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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