Crossmax ST Disc has always delivered exceptional value - many ofThe features of Mavic'sTop-end (and much more expensive wheels) at a more journeyman price. It's a great match for your full suspension MTB, light enough even for racing, yetTough for bigger, more aggressive riders. New for 2012 rim extrusion shaves 35g of rotating weight ITS-4 freehub body (Shimano compatible) Strong, light Zicral straight-pull spokes, 24 front, 20 rear, front 2x, rear IsoPulse lacing Claimed 1,590 grams pair Full
I weigh 191 pounds, ride quite technical stuff, enduro and 4-5ft drops, no downhill. Within first 5 rides the rim dented somehow. Didn't crash or hit a stone - the paint is ok - just as if a thumb would have pressed it in.
I bought these because my CMax XL Discs from 2003 were so good. Experience has taught that anti-seize is mandatory for nipples! Said goodbye to the whole rim, the guy at lbs broke it. Nipple twisted, snapped, and after drilling and carving out the crap the thread was gone. They went so well, that no truing was needed for 5 years!
Now with the new set I expected at least another 5 years of happy riding (or more with careful maintenance), but this dent raises doubts.
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2012
Strengths: Great cornering. Good value and looks
Weaknesses: Only gone on three rides so do not see any weaknesses yet
I have a six year old Titus MotoLite. Had the Mavic Crossmx SL Rims. I ran over a nail and punctured the rim. Decided to buy a new wheelset. Found 2011 online for about 1/2 price. I have only gone on three rides so I cannot comment on durability. Just wanted to report that these wheels make my bike ride like new. I cannot belive the improvement. Of course the bike rolls out better which was to be expected. What I did not expect was how well the bike corners. It feel like a completely diferent bike now. I did not think new wheels could make such an improvement.
a Weekend Warrior
from Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Date Reviewed: February 3, 2012
Strengths: Stiff, Stable, lightweight, smooth, tracking and looks great! Straight spokes are easy to work with too.
Weaknesses: Needs a mavic specific spoke wrench
The wheel stiffness helped greatly in making my older stumpjumper frame track well and improve trail feel. These wheels high stiffness were great with improving the steering and flex I felt with this bike. They are light, perform awesome and are a great value. I love these wheels! Also, the spokes are VERY strong and give me a lot more confidence when shredding on the local trails. I would recommend this for people looking to step up performance for enduro riding with a much stiffer and lightweight wheel. Oh yeah, over two years of riding I only needed to true the wheels once and I ride pretty hard and weigh about 190 lb.
Strengths: - looks cool
- super strong
Weaknesses: - need special spoke wrench
- expensive to replace spokes/parts
Best set of wheels I've owned in my 20 years of mountain biking. Super durable and tough- I've beat the sh*t out of these wheels for almost 4 years and only had to true them 2 or 3 times. I finally broke a spoke after a branch got caught in my derailleur and jammed it into the my wheel. The hubs run as smooth as the day I bought my bike. I'm totally impressed.
I will say they are expensive but if you buy them for closeout through a web retailer then they are 100% worth every penny.
Similar Products Used: Mavic SLR, Chris King, Cane Creek
Bike Setup: Titus Racer-X
a Weekend Warrior
from Phoenix, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2011
Strengths: Light, fast, decent UST
Weaknesses: POOR design in hub. 2 prawl system is weak. Not enough contact points.
(2009 model): I broke one of the prawls on a tough climb. Luckily within the first year so covered under warranty and got it rebuilt. Just broke a prawl again but now outside of the warranty. I'm over 200lbs and have strong legs but still a weak system, totally unreliable if you do any serious riding.
Strengths: Weight, strengh, stiffness. These wheels are light and super strong. They are light enough to race and strong enough for B.C. All Mountain runs -- i.e. downhill.
Weaknesses: OK, I'll admit the rear hub is not the greatest design, but if you get your head wrapped around the fact that the rear hub needs to be taken apart and serviced (which is much, much simpler than it sounds) every two months during the season you will have yourself a great set of wheels. The job is simple, all you need to do is dissasemble and relube with 0 wt synthetic motor oil. Also, it is true that the freehub body glides on a plasic bushing that eventually wears out -- again with service you can get more than one season of heavy use out of the bushing. Aftermarket replacement bushings are available on ebay for cheap. Problem solved from the people I know who have used these replacement bushings.
I can't say how good these wheels are. No they are not Shimano, set and forget (almost) hubs. But the rims are better than anything Shimano has ever made (well I heven't tried the 2011 scandium XTR wheels yet). They are certainly stiffer than the 2010 XTR wheels and almost as light. Stan's? I don't even know why people bother with that stuff. These wheels are a little a little finicky (not bad though) but super high performance and that is why so many racers use them. I'm dedicated to Crossmax.
Similar Products Used: Lots of Mavic, WTB, Alex rims. Mavic are the best in my books.
Bike Setup: 6" travel Giant Reign
a Weekend Warrior
from Fayetteville, AR
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2010
Strengths: light weight tough rim
Weaknesses: Hub: Wheels were original equipment on 2010 Orbea Rallon 10. The rear hub bushing wore out before the first 150 miles. LBS sent it back to Mavic for repair under warranty. Same problem again with less than 100 miles on rebuilt hub. Mavic says its not their problem. I've read great reviews about Mavic but the proof is in the product and customer service. They have obviously cut some corners while cornering the market.
What good is a company that won't stand behind their product. Buy at your own risk.
a Cross Country Rider
from Andover, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2010
Strengths: The wheels stay true and are very strong from a structural standpoint.
Weaknesses: Free hub body - Repaired under warrnty within the first year, one year later failed again and Mavic told sorry Charlie they are out of warranty and not able to be repaired. They will not even sell you a new hub to be laced into the wheel! No discount on a replacement wheel either. They want $300 to replace the wheel. poor customer service, I've had many XT wheel sets and never experienced this kind of failure.
I have 3 friends with these wheels as well and they have all experienced the same failure! It seems these wheels have a cronic problem and Mavic will not step up to the plate and support their customers.
Weaknesses: paint is fragile especially on spoke, need also specials tools for maintenance
Lighter than my previous wheelset (-200g) although much stronger. These wheels have endured the transvesubienne, an enduro race of 50 miles in extreme conditions. The wheels stayed true!!! However, the wheels needed to be trued after the very first ride, spokes becoming quickly very loose. Now it does not hâppen anymore. One issue is the price of the spoke (hard to get), and the fact that you need a special key for the spoke and the hubs.
Similar Products Used: Sun DS1 on CK hubs (1800 g wheelset)
Bike Setup: Santa cruz Blur LT2
a Weekend Warrior
from West Linn, OR USA
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2010
Strengths: Weight, stiff, fast. UST system works great.
Weaknesses: None yet.
I bought the 2009 version online for a deal. Immediately noticed an improvement in weight of wheels and how stiff they were; the bike seems faster. Do not have any experience with any other wheelset, but am very pleased with these and would buy them again.
The UST system is great. I am using the '10 Nevagal UST's and will never go back to tubes. I used a little latex sealant to help seal the stem when I installed it--just to be sure. They are not leaking any air.
I will give them 5 Chilis for the sale price of $500, but would not for the MSRP. At that price, I would probably get some Chris King Hubs and have a set made.
Bike Setup: Fisher Hifi Deluxe. Kenda Nevagal UST 2.35 tires.
a Cross Country Rider
from Charlotte, NC USA
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2010
Strengths: Great tracking, great feel, great looks (08-09 graphics are nice and clean)
I've ridden the 08s and 09s pretty hard on XC (XC/light mountain) trails around the Charlotte area (Lake Norman, US Whitewater, Sherman Branch, and the Uwharries) and love them. I have had zero problems. I'm not an extreme rider but I ride as aggressive as possible without getting stupid. I do have to work for a living. My point is I've ridden the wheelset hard and been fortunate to not have any problems. I purchased my ride from the LBS with the 08 STs already in place. I liked the wheelset so much I picked up a virtually new 09 ST set when a friend recently went from his Epiphany to the Evolve (29er). I have no idea how the 2010s ride but I can say I wish I had the 15mm thru-axle setup of the 2010s. On a side note, I think Mavic screwed up a good thing when they "updated" the graphics... Bottom line: If you can pick up a set of the 09s around $550 and don't have to have the 15mm setup I would recommend getting a set before they are all gone. For the money I think this is a great wheelset.
Bike Setup: Ellsworth Epiphany, XO, Tru/Noir, Formula R1, Thompson Elite Stem/Post, American Classic headset, Blacksheep Ti Bars, Oury Grips, Mavic Crossmax ST w/ Conti Vert Pros (08 wheelset), Mavic Crossmax ST w/ Panaracer FireXCPro (09 wheelset), and Crank Bros 50/50s
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2010
Strengths: Mavic probably make the best mountain bike wheels
Weaknesses: Spoke tension
Just wanted to mention that after purchasing these wheels, I checked the spoke tension and there was a wide variation in tension. Wheels were very true, but had up to a 50% difference in tension between spokes. This could explain some of the problems that people have described. I would recommend taking your brand-new wheels to a good wheelbuilder and have the wheels checked (and re-tensioned if necessary).