Mavic CrossMax SLR Disc wheels review£657.00

Lovely but pricey off-road race wheels

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Instantly recognisable, the red and black CrossMax SLRs are far more than just a fragile whippet wheel – if you can afford them.

The thick Zicral spokes, machined UST tubeless rims and fat red hubs are either gaudy or gorgeous depending on your view. While they’re not the lightest there’s no denying their impressive stiffness and overall strength.

There’s a big lag in power pick up for a race wheel though and the freehubs don’t last long before they start demanding servicing and spares replacement.

Pimp ass titanium versions of Mavic’s fantastic quick releases and huge wheelbags are included, but the more demure and marginally heavier SLs are better value at £595.

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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