FIRST LOOK: Mavic Crossmax Enduro Wheel Tire System 14

<b>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.</b>

<b>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.</b>

<b>Cross-spoke lacing on the front wheel for vertical compliance and increased lateral stiffness.</b>

<b>“Isopulse” spoke lacing on rear wheel, for pedaling and braking efficiency.</b>

<b>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.</b>

<b>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.</b>

<b>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.</b>

<b>The Crossmax Charge has an aggressive knob pattern and features a single 40a compound for a stout and grippy front tire.</b>

<b>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.</b>

<b>Jerome Clementz doing a little grip testing.</b>

<b>Although we failed miserably to keep JC in sight for long, we could tell he was enjoying his new toys.</b>

<b>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.</b>

<b>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.</b>

<b>New over old. Mavic are proud of their heritage and it shows in their work.</b>

<b>Jerome Clementz, aka Mr Enduro pictured while Manuel Berschandy, MTB Product Manager at Mavic, discusses the role the athletes played in the development.</b>

<b>You can't keep Jerome Clementz on the ground for very long</b>

<b>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.</b>

Mavic is holding no punches with the release of their new Crossmax Enduro WTS (Wheel Tire System). Yes, tires, too! We all know Mavic for their quality wheelsets ablaze in beaming yellow, but they're entering the tire world now with front- and rear-specific treads geared toward the enduro rider riding 26-inch or 650B wheels.

After reviewing all the details in our First Look slideshow, take a look at the development and testing of the new system in this intro video:

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  • jeff.lenosky

    6/15/2013 7:35 AM

    Hey guys, some of you might know that I've really increased my involvement with Mavic this past year. Aside from switching to their apparel I'm also running their tires and doing some community management . As a community manager it basically means I'm here to answer any questions you might have about the brand. Here's a few things about the new wheels. Like rocnriderrider pointed out, the front rim is basically a Crossmax SX and the rear an ST if you've ridden either of these wheels before they will be fairly familiar, if you ride 27.5 it's a totally new product. The big difference is the lacing pattern and spoke profiles which give the wheels a different feel, also the wide front skinny back set up is what a lot of the athletes were using last year, so now you can get that set up without buying two sets of wheels. A set of Crossmax SX cost $900 bucks so considering the new wheels are a hundred more but include tires, it's a good deal. I've tested the tires and they're a great versatile design, the compountds and casinfgs were chosen to work ideally with this rim set up, but every race track is different so fortunately they don't require any type of special tire. Hope that info helps.

  • mrpowerjd

    6/14/2013 12:20 PM

    Damn. I was amped to see these on the front page here at vital and the stoke continued riiiigghhtt up until I saw no 29" version. Damn. Cool idea, and I do love the DeeMax yeller, but I roll my 29s for Enduro races all season long.

  • rocnriderider

    6/14/2013 10:10 AM

    So if I clearly understand and compare the numbers, the front wheel is actually a crossmax sx with a different paintjob and the rear is a crossmax st with a different paint job. Nothing really special here...

  • loco.ola

    6/14/2013 10:52 AM

    "Non, non, non, it's a completely new concept.... Ok you got us." HAH. But you have to remember before you would have to buy 2 wheelsets to achieve the same thing, now you can just spend more money and they will give you them in shiny yellow (this years colour).

  • rocnriderider

    6/14/2013 11:25 AM


  • b-kul

    6/14/2013 10:06 AM

    so there is nothing really new/ special about how the rims and tires interface?

  • iceman2058

    6/14/2013 12:16 PM


  • epic

    6/15/2013 1:36 PM

    Why would there be. I mean Thank God there isn't!

  • b-kul

    6/15/2013 3:21 PM

    i agree. it was just being hyped as some new system.

  • Uncle Cliffy

    6/13/2013 7:08 PM

    So people who ride 29ers don't enduro?

  • mbl77

    6/13/2013 8:26 PM

    Yeah, would love to see 29in versions of these.

  • mbl77

    6/13/2013 8:50 PM

    On second thought, at these weights, 29in versions are not going to work.

  • Acadian

    6/13/2013 8:55 PM

    sounds like some sort of business plan

  • JMHV

    6/13/2013 8:55 PM

    Honestly my previous experiences with Mavic 29er wheels makes me glad I don't need to try them again, because these look bitchin. Always had a soft spot for the DeeMax Yellow.

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