Mavic Crossmax Disc Wheelset

3.79/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $750.00


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Mavic Crossmax Disc


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by imtnbike a Cross Country Rider from Redding, CA

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2009

Strengths:    After years of use - have NEVER had to true these wheels. As an aggressive clydesdale rider this is very impressive.

Weaknesses:    As you will read on other reviews - the rear hub is a nightmare...and Mavic knows it. Has been rebuilt once already and now the rear is toast again. Read the bottom line to get the bigger picture

Bottom Line:   
The customer service with Mavic is like dealing with the French - oh, wait...they are a French company. The only stateside service is in Mass. - took 4 - four, not one, two or three but FOUR months for them to fix my rear hub. Last count that is equal to 1/3 of a year, but you can do the math. Every LBS I have talked to since say their customer service is spotty at best. With same situation now - been told to expect at least 4 weeks for another rebuild. Funny thing is that now Mavic has changed their entire rear hub construction (with exception to SL). No documentation to found or obtained on how maintain the wheels - after all this money, time and heartache I have been informed that if I had them taken in or self maintained every six weeks they can last a very long time...too late - bye, bye Mavic, it's been a great trip but I don't see you wheelin' with me in the future. We both lose out

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Favorite Trail:   Mr Toads

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Other wheels - all round

Bike Setup:   Do you really care? ok - an Ellsworth Moment

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by cyclopath1000 a Cross Country Rider from Davis,CA USA

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2009

Strengths:    I was one of the first users of UST technology and have two crossmax ust disc wheelsets, one was on each bike. They were light, responsive and excellent rims, sexy looking hub structure

Weaknesses:    But now I have trashed a total of three rear axles if the factory replacement is counted. The terminal event is the hub body wearing out the axle shaft creating accelerating cassette play.

Bottom Line:   
The fact that the hub body causes irreversible axle wear placing the axle out of spec and unrepairable neccessatiates a review of the wisdom of owning this beautiful wheelset. I am having hope pro hubs with stan's rims made for both bikes. Until mavic redesignes the rear hub so that the hub body is not in potential contact with the axle(such as shimano's design) and this mechanism is replaceable while saving the hub DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT if you actually ride your bike. If you only hang it and gaze at it then this wheelset remains acceptable.

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Favorite Trail:   Hole in the Ground

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   My Local bike friend

Bike Setup:   Two ventanas one elsaltamontes and the other an x5

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Issaquah, WA

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2006

Strengths:    lightweight, tube- or tubeless

Weaknesses:    the hubs!!! (and the stickers)

Bottom Line:   
I'm disappointed. I'm learning to ride more aggressive but still don't take anything serious over 3 feet. There's some play starting to happen in my rear wheel. No catastrophic failure yet, but a friend told me this is common with Mavic hubs that they need to be rebuilt. I thought for the price I paid these would be more stout than the Sun Ringles I was using (which are still intact). I suppose I'll keep riding them until the hub finally goes (then get something handbuilt with better hubs). Oh yeah, and the stickers don't last through winter riding (but the Sun Ringles do).

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   some base model Mavic that came with my Kona, Sun Ringle Disc Jockey

Bike Setup:   Titus Loco-Moto w/ Marzocchi FR SL and Fox DHX 5.0

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Arthur G a Weekend Warrior from Alexandria, VA

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2006

Strengths:    after only two rides the rear free-hub failed completely. Both teeth on the inside had popped out of their casing because the rear lip the held them in place was broken, causing the freehub to seize.
I returned it and got my money back.


Weaknesses:    light weight hub is perhaps too light... lower weight at the cost of sacrificed quality is not worth it.

Bottom Line:   
Poor quality and design... buying a cheap wheel is not worth it.

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Favorite Trail:   flat and rolling hills

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   performance

Bike Setup:   Lightning Thunderbolt Recumbent.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Racer from Texas

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2006

Strengths:    strength, light weight, hubs

Weaknesses:    on the Gen 1 rims you need to buy an adapted for your disc brakes

Bottom Line:   
Even the 1st Gen. Cross Max are B/A they are fast, light weight, the only down fall is you need an adapted for the disc system you are going to run. MSRP $800, I paid $100.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Bike Setup:   XC

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jay Etchings a Weekend Warrior from Las Vegas

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2005

Strengths:    Fast Rolling and stiff.

Weaknesses:    The price and flexibility to change hubs.

Bottom Line:   
This is a pricey set of wheels but they seem pretty strong and they are a bit lighter than the DHR's and much lighter than my set of DeeMax wheels. I like the overall stiff feel of these wheels and the rolling speed of hubs is great. They are not really CK's but good anyhow. I have heard some folks say they do not like the stiffness but I ran the 2004 DeeMax and the stiffness is like that but without the added weight. These wheelsets seem to run hot and cold if you get a good set your in luck if you get lemon wheels your screwed. I bought mine of a demo bike so I knew they were good.

I would make this purchase again. This is a solid pick for the new All-Mountain type rider.

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Favorite Trail:   Any thing Crazy & Fast

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $649.00

Purchased At:   Manual and Ollies

Similar Products Used:   Atom Labs DHR

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Moment, Sherman Firefly, Diabolus crank, Hope M4, Thomson, etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lou a Cross Country Rider from Tacoma WA USA

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2005

Strengths:    Strong and Light Wheelset Look Great Sealed Bearings

Weaknesses:    Kind of expensive

Bottom Line:   
This wheelset has taken some good abuse and has held up very well. I am a 180 pound semi aggressive rider and have taken a few nice drops with no problems. Very smooth bearings. Very nice looks.

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Favorite Trail:   Coral Pass

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   SunRingle, Trek Bontager

Bike Setup:   Airborne Paka-wallop XTR Drivetrain Fox Talas Fork, FSA Bars
Chris King Headset,IRS Mytros Tires

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James MacFarlane a Cross Country Rider from Burlington, ON CANADA

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2003

Strengths:    sealed bearings, lightweight, great looks

Weaknesses:    Very poor quality control from Mavic. It took the owner of Ecclestone Cycle 30-minutes to shake the metal filings out of the front rim before he installed them. The rear hub was tight from the start, but I thought it would loosen-up. Instead, the hub reequired a complete overhaul after 4 rides. I was told it was due to uneven lubrication.

Bottom Line:   
Great product, but the same legendary quality control inadequacies often attributed French manufacturing.

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Favorite Trail:   Buckwallow, Porcupine Ridge, Bracebridge Ontario

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Ecclestone's, Bracebridge

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR

Bike Setup:   Kona Kikapu, Fox float rear-shock, Marzocchi MX-Comp front shock, Sram 9.0 gripshift, 9.0SL(woody)rear derailleur, XTR front derailleur, Raceface cranks, rings, & seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil a Cross Country Rider from Vermont

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2001

Strengths:    Takes an absolute pounding. Stays true. Light light light.

Weaknesses:    Adjustment cone, which is located under the disc mount, loosens after a few rides, necessitating removal of 6 disc bolts, then 4 mount bolts, to access the cone.

Bottom Line:   
This is a really fine wheel - the model year 2000, non UST version. Upon receipt from the eBay seller, I was concerned about the loose hub, until I found the adjustment cone under the disc mount adapter. Low spoke count and direct-pull configuration looks a little thin for a disc wheel, but the proof is in the riding.

Very light - noticable difference from my crossride. Braking is stupendous. I do hear some spoke 'pting' noise when hard braking on rough steeps, but the wheel stays true, ride after ride after ride. This includes some of the most agressive rocks, rooty, and loggy terrain in VT (which can be found on a certain mountain in Addison Cty VT...). Minimal lateral sway for the low count. I am really very pleased with this wheel, which I got as-new for a very good price on eBay. Value rating is accordingly high.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Ebay - what a steal!!

Similar Products Used:   Crossride, for-crap Weinmann 420's

Bike Setup:   Idrive upgraded to the max. xt/xtr, avid mech. front, lots of fun parts. Nothing stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AARON CONSAUL from ROCHESTER, NY

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2001

Strengths:    COOL LOOKING
LOW AIR PRESURE, WILL ENABLE YOU TO CLIM ANYTHING!!
VERY STRONG, FOR XC


Weaknesses:    YOU CAN ONLY SERVICE THE RIM AND HUB TO A POINT, AND YOUR LOCAL BIKE SHOP WILL EITHER NOT KNOW HOW TO OR WILL HAVE TO SEND OUT FOR THE PARTS. IF YOU BREAK A SPOKE WHAT DO YOU DO? NOTE THESE RIMS HAVE NO WEAKNESS IF USED FOR THE RIGHT RIDE, IT IS A STRICTLY XC RIM. WHEN JUMPING OR ON SEVERAL BIG DROP INS I AM LOOSING SOME AIR

Bottom Line:   
THESE WHEEL SETS ARE THE ULTIMATE XC CLIMING, NO PINCH FLAT, LOW AIR PRESSURE RUNNING, FAST ROLLING, SUPER EXPENSIVE WHEEL SET IN THE UNIVERSE. ALL OTHER UST RIMS WILL ONLY COPY OR FALL SHORT OF THIS QUALITY. IF YOU ARE THE KIND OF PERSON WHO FREE RIDES & XC YOU WILL WANT A SECOND SET OF RIMS I AM WAITING FOR MY D321 HOOPS TO BUILD IN TO MY EVERY DAY RIMS AND I WILL RACE THE CROSS MAX DISC DURING RACES AND TRAINING. I HAVE JUMPED, DOWN HILLED, DROPED IN, AND CRASHED VERY VERY HARD (SEVERAL TIMES) WITH LITTLE OR KNOW SIGNS OF TWEAKING OR ANYTHING TO THESE RIMS, BUT IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME( OR I'M JUST WORRIED ABOUT TOASTING 850 WORTH OF WHEELS & 100 WORTH OF RUBBER).

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Favorite Trail:   THE NEW ONE

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   ?SUPERGO?

Similar Products Used:   THIER IS REALY NOTHING THAT IN IT'S CATAGORY

Bike Setup:   FSR EXPERT W/MOUNTAIN SPEEDS LONG TRAVEL/BEARING KIT, MONKEY LIGHT BARS, EASTON MAG STEM, HAYS F & R DISC, PSYLO XC, RACE FACE NEXT CRANKS AND SEAT POST AND BLA BLA.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Pat G a Weekend Warrior from Columbus OH

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2000

Strengths:    light weight, outstanding hubs, excellent bearing

Weaknesses:    White color, improper spoke tension, proprietary spokes. Rims need a bit more width to be more stable

Bottom Line:   
These are actually very nice wheels. The only problem is that the spokes aren't tensioned properly at the factory, they are not hand built. If you take em to a bike shop when new, have em retensioned properly, then check them regularly until they are seated, then you'll never have problems. The rims are pretty narrow, thus the low wieght. I turned my brand new front wheel into a pretzel after only one ride due to the spoke tension problem. But...since then, I have had no problems at all. My wife thrashed em in a trip to Fruita and Vail, didn't even have to hit em with a spoke wrench. Supergo has em down to around $400 now, make sure they give you the 6 hole interational standard bolt pattern adapters, or they'll charge $65 per wheel (weak!)

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Favorite Trail:   Horsethief bench/ CO

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   mtbr

Similar Products Used:   Specialized disks, bontrager ASYM disks,

Bike Setup:   A bunch of em, Cannondale Raven (wife's bike), Santa Cruz Heckler, Ellison Hardtail.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jonathan Savage a Racer from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2000

Strengths:    Light, light, light

Weaknesses:    Weaker, Weaker

Bottom Line:   
You definetly can't hammer on these wheels. But they are light and the perfect Xc race wheel. Make sure you have someone who know what they are doing build these up....or even tension them. IF they are not built or tensioned correctly they will fold under you. And you wont be able to do anything about it. Look out if you have the Coda brakes because this is the only wheel that works...only good wheel that is...and mavic is stopping their production after this year. E mail me with questions....I have had to deal with replacing the rims on these quite a bit recently and know the best way to get it done..

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Favorite Trail:   walker ranch

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   With Cannondale Bike

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Cannondale FS5000 Team Ride Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Shaw a Cross Country Rider from Ontario

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2000

Strengths:    It as been 15 mths, since last review.The wheel set is working like the first ride

Weaknesses:    Decals are wearing,rear cartrige bearings are showing signs of wear

Bottom Line:   
If I were to purchase high end Disc wheel set I would be hard pressed not to look @ Mavic offerings. They simply work un noticed

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Favorite Trail:   Any single track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   Santacruz Superlite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by marc a Cross Country Rider from central marin

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2000

Strengths:    stiffness, weight, color(steathy)

Weaknesses:    rear hub noise

Bottom Line:   
if riding unauthorized trails being black on black is a must to foil mr. ranger. they fit this need. their ride to this point has brought no complaints. although i weigh in at 155 lbs., i like drop-offs and as big of air as i can get. no tacos yet and i expect my updates will yield the same reponse.

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Favorite Trail:   B-17

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   xtr, white industries, chris king

Bike Setup:   koski trailmaster, xtr d's, hayes 6", marzocchi z-1, lp composites bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by steven kilburn a Cross Country Rider from okinawa, japan

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2000

Strengths:    strong, light, all black.

Weaknesses:    some hub flex. proprietary hubs.

Bottom Line:   
pretty good wheels. i only have the front on at the moment. i noticed the front wheel was significantly stiffer than my xt 221 wheel.

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Favorite Trail:   sawyer loop, limerick, ME

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   xt 221.

Bike Setup:   sc heckler, z2bam, xt, hayes.

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