Mavic CrossMax ST Disc 20 mountain bike wheelset review£600.00

Great lookers but need attention

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The ST's a new wheel for 2009 but all the major components (machined rim, alloy spoke and big slotted hubs) are largely unchanged from 2008's CrossMax.

New sockets on the hubs do seem to have stopped the spokes unhooking when ripping through corners, which is a big bonus.

They’re slightly wider spaced to add stiffness, and are very accurate given their low weight. Once the slow reacting steel freehub engages, they accelerate well too.

The rims are tubeless (valves are supplied) but at only 23mm they undermine tyres bigger than 2.2in. The front bearings on our set regularly loosened from the start – disappointing on such an expensive wheelset.

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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