Mavic Crossmax SL UST Wheelset

4.38/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 650 grams


Product Description

  • Bearing: Sealed Cartridge Bearings
  • Spoke Count: Front 18, Rear 20
  • Spoke Gauge: Bladed
  • Axle Type: Quick Release
  • Brake Compatibility: V-Brake Only


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tundraline a Cross Country Rider from Lyons, CO

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2010

Strengths:    Light, strong, stiff, never need to be trued.

Weaknesses:    Expensive.

Bottom Line:   
My sons and I have three pairs of these rims. Never had to true any of them. None of them have ever gone out of round. Run them tubeless and get fewer flats. Incredible high quality wheels.

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Favorite Trail:   Hall Ranch

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist (used)

Bike Setup:   Chumba VF2, Yeti 575, Cumba XCL, Intense.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lopaka a Weekend Warrior from Nevada

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2010

Strengths:    UST is the only way to go! Lightweight, pretty and stiff. Spokes are way cool.

Weaknesses:    Maybe too stiff! Cheesy decals.

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden a set of Mavic CrossRocks for years but wanted to save a few ounces. I wanted a light wheel for climbs and all day rides also needed something strong. I lost a full pound by switching to the Crossmax SLs. I noticed an immediate difference on the first ride. The light and stiff wheel makes a big difference when accelerating from a track stand or a stop. I got to the top of a tough, familiar climb quicker than ever before. But, I almost feel like I am riding a different bike. I dropped air pressure during the ride I need to re-tune my shock. The wheels are super stiff and ride way different.

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Favorite Trail:   3 Bridges

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Lots of Mavic wheels, also Bontrager and WTB

Bike Setup:   Frame up custom built Trance.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gearjunkie88 a Cross Country Rider from San Antonio, TX

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2010

Strengths:    Light, stiff, strong, UST seal is great

Weaknesses:    Periodic maintenance required

Bottom Line:   
I've been using these wheels since 2004. They are light, strong, and the UST seal works flawlessly (with UST tires and Stan's thrown in for good measure). Every 6 months or so, I get the growling freehub noise that lots of people complain about. It's not a difficult maintenance issue, though. The trails here in Texas are quite dusty and I'm sure that contributes to the build-up of gunk in the freehub. Other than that, these wheels are trouble-free. I bent a spoke once and have only trued the wheels once (in 6 years).

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Titus X, Crossmax SL, XX drivetrain

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by G-MONEY a Weekend Warrior from ORANGE COUNTY, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2008

Strengths:    Light, strong, never has needed to be trued, UST compatible

Weaknesses:    The rear hub isn't sealed and the 4 pahl system needs to be serviced/replaced every 6 months. Engagement is not as quick as Chris King.

Bottom Line:   
Great wheelset. Only Achilles Heel is the rear hub which needs to be serviced every 6 months.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   FULL CYCLE

Similar Products Used:   Mavic/Chris King wheelset; Bontrager/Hugi wheelset

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur LT-- Fox Talas 32 RLC w/RP3; Shimano XTR/SRAM 991/RaceFace Deus XC cranks/rings; Thomson post/stem; RaceFace Next SL carbon bars; Maxxis High Roller UST

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jamison gaddy a Cross Country Rider from Austin, Texas

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2008

Strengths:    Fast rolling, light weight wheelset. Noticable difference as soon as your on the trail. A lot more lateral stiffness than I thought they would have. Not to shabby to look at either.

Weaknesses:    Had a spoke pull out of the hub; However the rim stayed true. Initially very stressed, but it was super easy to fix. Loosen it up, pop it back in place tighten down, and finish riding. The wheel is still true some 6 months later.

Bottom Line:   
I initially bought these because I could not pass up the discount I was given after destroying the stock rims on my Stumpy. I bought them before I knew who they were made for. I have not and will not change my aggressive riding style. I live in Texas, so I'm not bombing or dropping daily. I refuse to change my riding line because it looks to technical or the drops to big. This wheelset has exceeded my or the expectation of some of the more expeirenced riders I ride with.

I did have to get a spacer/shimmy/washers so that my front disk would fit into the caliper smoothly. 6 washers cost my about 25 cents. Shimmy $15.

I've read the reviews positive and negative. I would recommend these to friends. My friends who watch me beat up 3-4 times a week would also recommnet them. Two have purcashed the same set.

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Favorite Trail:   Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort Texas

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   San Antonio

Similar Products Used:   DT Swiss X420 I believe (tacoed!!)

Bike Setup:   Initially on Stumpjumer comp (hardtail). Currently on my Pivot Mach 5.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Racer from West Hartford Ct

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2007

Strengths:    super smooth and fast rolling ,

Bottom Line:   
great wheelset ,couldn't ask for any thing better

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Paul Allan a Cross Country Rider from Houston, Texas, USA

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2007

Strengths:    Light wheels, stiff.

Weaknesses:    Front wheel makes clicking sound. Dealer assures me it's not damaged, but a metal filing may have dislodged and is stuck inside the rim. Doesn't appear to be anything I can do about it. It's quite annoying. I've heard it's quite common with these wheels. I'll think twice about buying another pair.

Bottom Line:   
Good, aside from the clicking sound.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   West End Bikes, Houston

Bike Setup:   2007 Specialized Stumpjumper with rime breaks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by christian a Racer from worcester ma

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2007

Strengths:    very lite

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
i love it

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $630.00

Purchased At:   bike alley

Bike Setup:   specialized stumpjumper sworks full xtr carbon handlebar

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Crossmax SL - UST versus Regular with Stans

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Non UST tyre on Crossmax SL with Stans

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Crossmax SL--Best Tire (UST) for Front Traction?

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Replacement Bearings for Mavic Crossmax SL UST Tubeless Disc

Hi, My back wheels is making a really nasty sound and I think it is the bearings. Jensen USA has Enduro Ceramic bearings and they seem cheaper than other places. However I have no idea what size I need for a 2006 Mavic Crossmax SL UST Tubeless Disc. I have googled searched and not found any us ... Read More »

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