Mavic Crossmax SL Wheelset

4.17/5 (6 Reviews)

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Product Description

- The Crossmax SL, an even lighter version, is designed for intensive use in Cross Country racing, for racers who refuse to accept compromise. Using the ISM technology developed on the road, the profile of the rim has been made considerably more lightweight. This reduction in weight does not compromise its stiffness, which remains as good as on the previous versions. Finally, these wheels always offer the possibility of riding tubeless, for even better performance, and reducing the risk of flats from a pinched tube.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Pål Gausel a Cross Country Rider from Norway

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2010

Strengths:    Light, fast, stiff, easy to set up tubeless with normal tyres.

Weaknesses:    After 2 years use the rear axel that support the freehub boss wore out. It drags the cassette around when not pedaling. Have tried to have it machined and changed the boss, but still it starts dragging the cassette after a few rides. Not good for the price tag on these.

Bottom Line:   
Have been very happy with these wheels, but not impressed with rear hub / boss. Should also have a better / faster pick up. To much free play with only two pick up pawls.
Will go back to my XTR wheels as I have not had any problems with far :-)

Will buy the SLR's when I can afford them

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Favorite Trail:   Sørmarka

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Chainreactioncycles

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR and Ritchey

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar carbon, full XTR, 2010 SID team forks, Ritchey components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dr Dan Batchelor a Racer from Atlanta GA

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2009

Strengths:    Light, fast and pretty. In the 2 years that I have ridden these wheels, I have abused them on rock gardens, jumps, downhill etc and have never broken a spoke. I have never done anything to maintain these wheels except for washing them. They have never needed truing. By far the lightest strongest prettiest mountain bike wheels around.

Weaknesses:    They werent free

Bottom Line:   
Get em!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Sope Creek

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   everything

Bike Setup:   santa cruz blur xc with full xtr, trek fuel 100 with full xtr

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rlcarlson77 a Cross Country Rider from San Diego,Ca

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2009

Strengths:    The SLs are the lightest XC rims with the best strength around for lightweight riders. If you are a XC or trail rider you cant go wrong with these. But beware if you are over 180lbs they may be weak if you jump or downhill with them. Great for uphill climbs, and strong while pedaling hard.

Weaknesses:    Weakness for heavy riders

Bottom Line:   
If you are a lightweight serious XC rider you cant go wrong with the Mavics SL Crossmax

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Favorite Trail:   Vail Lake

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Mavics Crosmax SLR, Mavics 823 and all mavics older products

Bike Setup:   Specialized Carbon Epic, and Stumpjumper.All XTR and Mavic with Kenda Dred Treds tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kyle koontz a Cross Country Rider from oklahoma city, ok

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2008

Strengths:    Great rolling inertia, fast wheel. Lightweight and good looking. UST Rules

Weaknesses:    Ceramic surface wears easily

Bottom Line:   
Mavic makes about 13 versions of the crossmax wheel and it is extremely important to get the right version for your style of riding. The SL wheel is made for smooth transition xc riding and racing. For riders with a lot of finesse this is a primo wheelset. Very stiff in corners, steering and handling is precise, and fast, fast, fast!! I have them on a hard tail for a quick, precise handling platform and they are great.

Rider above might do well with the XL, enduro or ST versions, which are much stronger wheels for all mountain riding. Take the time to talk to your shop and find the right set and you won't be dissappointed.

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Favorite Trail:   Womble/Syllamo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   SUN/SOS Specialized, WTB warrior

Bike Setup:   2006 Specialized Hardrock, xc bars, rest stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Martin Cox a Racer from The Starting Line,Florida-California, USA

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2007

Strengths:    Very Reliable compared to other XC wheels..Look good!!

Weaknesses:    None, besides they make lighter

Bottom Line:   
If you want something that will work for your money!!

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Favorite Trail:   Razorback MTB park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   2007 Shimano XTR wheelset

Bike Setup:   2007 Scott Spark 10..2006 Scott Scale 20..Both full XTR

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by ien a Weekend Warrior from san diego, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2005

Strengths:    lite
looks cool
ust works

Weaknesses:    not very durable as far as spokes go, replaced about 7 of them in the rear wheel so far

Bottom Line:   
pretty lite, and the tubeless system works(never had a flat). but the wheels dont hold up, i weight about 180 and do few drops and jumps (2-3 feet max) nothin big but the spokes are going fast and the rims got stress marks where the spoke and rim meet. for the xc rider(which is what there made for) it'll probably work but not meant for anything more abusive at least in my case. probably wouldnt buy these at the price again.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   all mavic

Bike Setup:   intense 5.5

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