Mavic Crosstrail mountain bike wheelset review£322.30

Great tubeless wheels

BikeRadar score4/5

Mavic’s mid-price wheelset shares the killer looks of the company's more pricey Crossmax wheels, but performance is less exciting.

They’re certainly a sturdy set of rollers and the tough black/silver machined rim bed and fat bodied block flange hubs look ace. The 24 flat-bladed steel spokes are also proving tougher than the 'Max alloy versions. 

They’re stiff for their category and the rims are UST tubeless ready as standard. Mavic were instrumental in developing the whole UST tubeless standard so it's no surprise they makes the best sealing systems around.

 At 1,810g, overall weight is slightly high for the price and the quick-release levers feel and look cheap. From experience the freehubs are slow to engage and  need regular TLC and occasional new bits to keep them sweet.

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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