Mavic Crossmax SL review

Mavic's distinctive, fat silver spoke CrossMax SL wheels have been race icons for years now. Not even Julian Clary has more rim history than Mavic and the SSC rims are as fly as you'll find.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £660.00 RRP | USD $899.90
The Crossmax SLs are fairly expensive, but they're rock-solid.

Our review

Iconic, superlight, impressively tight V-brake wheels, but expensive
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Mavic’s distinctive, fat silver spoke CrossMax SL wheels have been race icons for years now. Not even Julian Clary has more rim history than Mavic and the SSC rims are as fly as you’ll find.

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They’re UST compatible as standard, coated with a ceramic layer that means your rim brakes will out-stop DH discs in the dry and they’re machined away between the spoke and valve insertion points to reduce weight. The bladed ‘Zicral’ alloy spokes thread directly into the rim, they’re super tough, and make an outstandingly tight wheel. This V-brake set uses an ultralight composite bodied front hub to drop over 100g from the disc version.

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Despite looking vulnerable, the exposed, adjustable bearings survive really well in all-weather conditions. The ‘loud and proud’ steel reinforced freehub is a rock solid piece too, and the Mavic QR skewers (included) are fantastic. They’re pretty expensive wheels, and while disc versions are only £17 more a set, they’re quite heavy (1732g Vs 1548g).

Product Specifications

Product

Name Crossmax SX Wheelset (11)
Brand Mavic

Description Axles: 20mm front, QR, 10, 12 x 135mm and 12 x 142mm rear
Available Colours Grey
Weight (g) 1817
Accessories Supplied With Wheel Instructions Manual Rear Wheel Bearing Adjustment Tool Warranty Card
Front Spoke Count 24
Front Wheel Weight 860
Rear Spoke Count 24
Rear Wheel Weight 957