Mavic CrossMax XL review

The CrossMax XL wheelset has been around for several years and it's still great. Mavic's unique sealed-bed rims mean you can run UST tubeless or normal tyres without adaptors and they're very tough.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£565.00 RRP
These are tougher than they look.

Our review

Light but strong performance and great looks; on the expensive side
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The CrossMax XL wheelset has been around for several years and it’s still great. Mavic’s unique sealed-bed rims mean you can run UST tubeless or normal tyres without adaptors and they’re very tough, but they’re disc only and the tyre fit can be tight. Twenty four fat zicral alloy spokes give cartoonish looks, but they’re far tougher than you’d expect.

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The slotted, fat-bodied hubs keep the weight way down; the front bearings need replacing occasionally and it’s best to thread lock the 20mm axle spacers in, but if you service the rear hub regularly, it’s sorted. The low weight of this set makes it a super agile XC/freeride choice, but the high price reflects that.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Crossmax XL
Brand Mavic

Available Colours Silver Anodised
Material Alloy Ceramic Stainless Steel
Brake Compatibility V-Brakes
Front Spoke Count 18
Front Wheel Weight 668
Rear Spoke Count 20
Rear Wheel Weight 886