Mavic CrossMax ST review£488.00

Alloy spoked all-mountain wheels

BikeRadar score3/5

Nobody beats Mavic when it comes to killer looking wheels and these fat bodied, alloy spoked all-mountaineers are no exception.

Typically for Mavic the rims aren’t that wide, so tyres over 2.35in look pinched but they are UST tubeless-compatible as standard and super stiff.

The 24 fat alloy spokes have proved pretty tough too, with none of the unhooking problems we’ve seen on the SXs under heavy load.

The two-pawl FTS-X freehub system is slow to pick up drive though and needs regular servicing and spares to keep it sweet.

Your only mounting option is a 20mm front through-axle and quick release rear  and despite all the alloy they're not that light but still mega expensive. 

What we know about 09 versions suggests useful improvements are coming though.

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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