Mavic Crossline mountain bike wheelset review£290.00

Good-looking heavy-duty hoops

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Mavic’s affordable heavy-duty setup is narrow for its weight, but if you don’t run monster rubber or skinny axles it’s a rock solid off-piste option. The 21mm internal width rim is restrictively narrow for the intended purpose of the wheel though, and fatter than 2.35in tyres can feel unstable and pinched, particularly at lower pressures.

Despite boulder, drop and burst tyre abuse, we still haven’t dented or scratched the rims. The 28 fat, steel, straight-pull spokes locked into low-flange, large-bodied hubs keep the wheel stiff and precise. Their hefty weight is offset by the fast pickup, gouge resistant, steel bodied ITS-4 freehub.

After a year of service-free, all-weather thrashing we’ve had no trouble with it or the adjustable QRM+ bearings. The Maxle rear hub conversion is simple but the loose fitting front spacers only come in 20mm.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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