Mavic was showing off a few new and updated 2010 products at their booth at the recent US Pro Cycling Championships, including an all-new R-SYS SL road wheelset. Ã‚Â Shown above is the rim detail, which uses their side profile machining to remove excess material and save rotating weight.
They’ve also added some carbon goodness to the hubs (pics after the break) to further lighten the set. Ã‚Â The current top-of-the-line R-SYS Premium’s weigh in at 1360g/pair, so these should come in slightly lighter (although there is no claimed weight difference between the Crossmax SL and Crossmax SLR, with the primary difference between them being the machined rims).
Despite the now confirmed rumor that Mavic is for sale, they had several new (and very, very light) road shoes on display, too. Ã‚Â We’ll cover those in a subsequent post. Ã‚Â For now, hit ‘more’ and check out the rest of the photos of the R-SYS SL…
The hub gets a little carbon on the end cap like the Premium, and I *think* the middle section of the hub might be carbon, too, but can’t remember and their media person is on vacation through the 10th (drat!).
Worried about the R-SYS wreck heard ’round the world (wide web)? Ã‚Â My inquiry as to how that was affecting sales was met with a non-answer…kind of a cough into the shoulder followed by something like “they’re doing extremely well.” Ã‚Â Anyway, if you’re concerned about it, at least know that the new models use different carbon layups in the spokes and are marked with three silver stripes at the end of each spoke. Ã‚Â And here’s Mavic’s response to that wrecked wheelset.
The old spokes used straight fibers. Ã‚Â The new ones are woven (above) to increase strength and improve resistance to breakage.
R-SYS regular on top, SL on bottom.