Introducing Mavic Crossmax Enduro WTS, the world’s first Enduro-specific wheel/tire system, available in 26-inch or 650B only. Available in early July for $1000 USD the price includes wheels AND tires which you'll soon learn more about.
The Crossmax Enduro wheelset inherits all of Mavic’s high-end rim technology – features like Inter Spoke Milling (ISM) and a spoke mounting system that eliminates the need to drill through the rim, producing a wheel that is strong and light enough for Enduro racing.
Cross-spoke lacing on the front wheel for vertical compliance and increased lateral stiffness.
“Isopulse” spoke lacing on rear wheel, for pedaling and braking efficiency.
There will not be a 29-inch option. We took to the mountains for some serious Enduro riding to test out the new wheels and tires, enjoying the challenging trails of La Clusaz, France.
The Crossmax Enduro wheel is built on an aluminum rim. Mavic feel that the benefits of carbon are, at this point, not significant enough to warrant the price often associated with it.
The first half of Mavic’s first foray into the tire business: Crossmax Charge front tire. 2.4-inch width in both 26-inch and 650B. Weight: 950g in 26-inch, 990g in 650B.
The Crossmax Charge has an aggressive knob pattern and features a single 40a compound for a stout and grippy front tire.
Dual-compound and specific tread pattern for a no-compromise rear tire built for pedaling efficiency and minimum rolling resistance. The Crossmax Roam XL comes with a 2.3-inch width in 26-inch at 850g and with a 2.2-inch footprint in the 650b version at 870g.
Jerome Clementz doing a little grip testing.
Although we failed miserably to keep JC in sight for long, we could tell he was enjoying his new toys.
Our initial ride impressions are of a front tire that is strong, grippy, and predictable. Loose rocks and roots were not an issue, even in the wet. The tire also clears out mud very quickly. The rear tire is a no-compromise approach to racing Enduro, requested by the pros for efficiency - a more deliberate choice, should you make it.
Mavic have been making MTB rims since 1985, when they introduced the Rando M4. A lot of water under the bridge since then yields a pretty slick new wheel/tire system for us in 2013.
New over old. Mavic are proud of their heritage and it shows in their work.
Jerome Clementz, aka Mr Enduro pictured while Manuel Berschandy, MTB Product Manager at Mavic, discusses the role the athletes played in the development.
You can't keep Jerome Clementz on the ground for very long
Just another day in the office. Thanks to Mavic and for posting us up in the MTB paradise of La Clusaz, France. The next two slides show the official product spec sheets.