A benchmark clincher wheelset since its introduction in 1999, Mavic’s Ksyrium has continued to evolve over the years. Today’s Elite version is one up from entry-level in a range of four Ksyrium models.
There are no holes in the underside of the rim so no need for rim tape, straight-pull bladed spokes pass smoothly through the air, inter-spoke milling cuts rim weight, and adjustable cartridge bearings keep the wheels turning smoothly.
The front wheel is radially spoked, while the rear uses what Mavic call ‘Isopulse’ – two-cross lacing on the non-drive side and a radial pattern on the drive side. As well as shiny silver, they also come in black.
The total weight of 1,540g (the 18-spoke front wheel weighs 690g, the 20-spoke rear 850g, both without skewers) is competitive with rival wheels but the Ksyrium Elites beat them when it comes to stiffness. Even when you give it the full 'Cav', they feel flex-free, so powerful riders will love them. They're responsive too.
The trade-off for stiffness is more direct feedback from the road. They’re not harsh, but more buzz gets through than with some of their rivals, though climbing is equally lively. The milled brake surfaces contribute to reliable stopping power.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.