Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLE aero wheels and tyres review£1,290.00

Does the style come with substance?

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Mavic’s beauties have a metal braking surface, and though the Exalith 2 coating still makes weird noises and eats pads, it’s less offensive than its first incarnation, and brake feel is very good. 

    With the ‘WheelTyre System’ come boots and tubes as well as Exalith-specific pads. But looks and braking aside, the Cosmics simply don’t impress that much on the road.

    There’s no shortage of straight-line speed, and an acceptable trade-off between comfort and stiffness, but the slim, pointy rim section is a poor performer when the going gets gusty, and for the price they aren’t light.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Matthew Allen

    Technical Writer, UK
    Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Also a really, really terrible racer who's been dropped more times than you've shaved your legs.
    • Age: 26
    • Height: 174cm / 5'8"
    • Weight: 55kg / 121lb
    • Waist: 71cm / 28in
    • Chest: 84cm / 33in
    • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
    • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
    • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
    • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
    • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
    • Location: Bristol, UK

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