EB14: Mavic Officially Launches Ksyrium Pro Disc, New Wheel Tire Systems, Plus 68g Pedal

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After months of speculation, Mavic is finally throwing their hat into the road disc market (officially) with the launch of two new wheelsets. The Aksium One disc has been spotted on many different road and cross bikes leading up to Eurobike, but the Ksyrium is probably the big story here. Launched as a Wheel Tire System, the Ksyrium Pro Disc brings advanced braking to their legendary Ksyrium SL along with the rest of their proprietary tech.

The road disc models are just a small part of the 2015 Mavic story as the company has introduced a number of new products from mountain to road. In addition to wheels and tires, Mavic also showed the first true collaboration project with Time which results in an impressively light road pedal.

Full details next…

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Available in both Centerlock and 6 bolt, the Ksyrium Pro discs use a carbon shell for the front hub and a full aluminum hub for the rear. The wheels incorporate their new ISM 4D milling in a truly disc specific profile that is paired with 25mm Yksion Pro tires. Mavic states that the hubs and spoke geometry and lacing have been carefully tuned to resist the added torque from disc brakes and the wheels continue the Isopulse lacing pattern.

Front hubs are both QR and 15mm thru axle compatible, no word on the official specs on the rear hub or rim width yet. Weights are listed at 1535g for the pair and 2115g for the WTS.

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The Aksium One Disc gets official with a “wider” pinned, disc specific rim and 6 bolt disc hubs. Weight for the pair is listed at 1965g.

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Along with the disc model comes the Aksium Elite WTS which debuts as Mavic’s least expensive Wheel Tire System. The combo features an entirely new Yksion Elite tire with a kevlar breaker only on the front since Mavic feels puncturing the front is much worse for safety than a rear puncture. The tire is also designed so that the front offers excellent steering while the rear is geared towards efficiency.

Weight is listed at 1735g for the wheels, and 2405g for the WTS.

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Mavic will now have a Ksyrium SLE wheelset which is basically the Ksyrium SLS but with an Exalth treated brake track for improved stopping. Below that is the new R-SYS SLR which they claim is the lightest alloy clincher wheelset available at 1295g. The wheels use a new wider ISM 4D Exalth 2 rim for improved braking along with new bearings.

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Other new offerings include the Cosmic Carbone 40 Elite which drops the price by 400 Euros just by going to an aluminum hub. There are also some new cosmetic options including the stealth Cosmic Carbone Elite and red Ksyrium Elite S.

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On the mountain bike side the new Crossroc XL WTS offers a less expensive entry to the Mavic Wheel Tire systems along with a cheaper, more durable tire. The wheels are tubeless compatible rather than UST and come in all three sizes with a 21mm internal width. The new CrossRoc Quest 2.4 tire is designed to be longer lasting and is still UST ready.

The wheelset is compatible with all axle standards for Enduro including 20mm front, and weighs in at 1825g for the wheels, and 3300g for the WTS.

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Until now, all of the Mavic pedals were simply rebranded Time models due to their partnership. The Zxellium Ultimate is the first true product of their collaboration which includes a Mavic designed hollow Ti axle. This along with more carbon in the body and ceramic bearings results in an incredible 68g per pedal. The pedals continue with the ICLIC cleat and offer 700 square mm of contact area. Retail is also an incredible 450 Euro ($582).

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Comments

jlrichar - 09/04/14 - 3:16pm

What is wheel tire system? Is it tubeless?

muddy - 09/04/14 - 3:26pm

Ksyriums on my gravel bike!! yeah!!

Zach Overholt - 09/04/14 - 3:27pm

WTS is Mavic’s term for wheels and tires that are designed together as a system. They can be uses with other tires, or tires on other rims, but the thought is that they work best with their intended counterpart. Some WTS are tubeless, but the new Ksyrium Pro Disc appears to use a standard tube.

ObligatedToSay - 09/04/14 - 3:27pm

Wow, those road disc wheetset weights are PATHETIC. I built ~1400g wheels with off-the-shelf parts over two years ago now.

Terry - 09/04/14 - 3:58pm

can anyone explain the pros and cons of centerlock vs 6 bolt disc mounting? I like these wheels!

Nelson Muntz - 09/04/14 - 3:59pm

But ObligatedToSay
These Mavic wheels are more expensive and use proprietary expensive spokes….so they must be better, right?
And Mavic has great customer service when your hub fails.
OK….you win.

Eyal - 09/04/14 - 4:41pm

I love Mavic, I despise their products! Not even Mavic can deny that my 2 wheelsets are superior to most of what they make: DT Swiss 240s, Pacenti SL23, CX Ray spokes.

Very sad, Time, Look, Mavic will be bought by Asian companies in the next 2-3 years.

WG - 09/04/14 - 4:52pm

@Terry – one major con of 6-bolt: you can’t fit SM-RT99 rotors from Shimano, which are available only as Centerlock whereas you can use an adapter to easily go from CL to 6-bolt. So generally CL is better for hubs as both types of rotors can be installed.

Kato - 09/04/14 - 5:20pm

@Eyal that’s one of the most insane statements I’ve ever heard on this site, what on earth makes you think that the entire French bike industry is going to get bought out, aside from some combination of schizophrenia and wannabe clairvoyance?

Adam2 - 09/04/14 - 5:28pm

Hmm…Time Xpresso 15 pedals weigh 66.5grs per pedal. I wonder what is different about the Mavic Pedal. Looks to be identical, except 1.5 grms heavier?

Antoine - 09/04/14 - 5:49pm

Thank you Kato to bring some sense. anybody that rode crossmax in mtb know what mavic can bring to a ride for example. If they where producing pacenti like product yes they would be in danger to be bought but they are bringing very interesting product to the market that can’t be copied that easily.
Or just ask your usual carbon asian to build you a cosmic ultimate.

I am a chinese buyer but I’m able to recognize true achievement too. Mavic does nice product, even if i don’t like their middle range (enter is nice with aksium bombproof ant top of the line is awesome, be it mtb or road).

C dub - 09/04/14 - 6:14pm

Hollow ti spindles on pedals? No thanks.
I’m no powerhouse but I notice a difference between solid ti and stainless to where I avoid it spindles on race day…..
Probably be great on a light weight “endurance” oriented bike …..

Jon Palmer - 09/04/14 - 6:28pm

@ObligatedToSay: Always be sure to compare apples to apples. Of course you built a wheel set with similar weight to 1400 grams 2 years ago. You could have easily achieved an even lower weight if you had chosen even lighter parts. The point is that Mavic Aksium wheels have never even been light wheels. They are entry level Mavic wheels and of course they weigh 1735g, that’s still about 670g lighter than the old Aksium Elites. As stated in the above article the Ksyrium R-SYS SLR comes in at 1295g, which is just a hair over a quarter of a pound lighter than the wheel set you built 2 years ago.

Jdog - 09/04/14 - 8:44pm

Loving the new schwalbe ONE road tubeless tires. Could you please make some tubeless ready wheels. Signed, never riding a tube agian

Matthew - 09/05/14 - 2:27am

Editors: did you happen to find out the spacing for the rear hub on the disc wheels? Did they go with 135mm since it’s disc or 130mm because Mavic?

Kyle - 09/05/14 - 2:35am

I’m with @jdog…rolling on the same Schwalbe ones and not looking back. Looks like I’ll be going with reynolds (shiver) or easton for my deep carbon wheelset…

Tom jones - 09/05/14 - 3:55am

@Matthew when have disc wheels ever not been 135? Use your head

Jayesse - 09/05/14 - 5:06am

@Matthew – I can confirm that Mavic are sticking to a 135mm rear axle on their road disc wheels. Price of the Ksyrium Disc might scare a few people off though…

Jayesse - 09/05/14 - 5:11am

@Tom Jones – there are disc road frames out there with 130mm spacing if you look hard enough

nsp234 - 09/05/14 - 6:00am

You can love or hate their stuff, but I definitely find their product naming super entertaining. Yksium Zxellium Krzonkium whatever. I mean they’re not really great, but cool in a dorky way. They remind me of the names that spaceman spiff of calvin and hobbes gives to all the ugly monsters he meets :)

CJ - 09/05/14 - 10:04am

I switched over to Mavic pedals this year, from Speedplay. I have to say I have been totally happy with them and found them to be a solid grade from Speedplay in terms of platform size, ease of entry force and the walkability of the cleats. Not have the standard SP side to side rock in the cleat and often losing screws has been nice.

Pete - 09/05/14 - 10:16am

@Terry – WG nailed it. Centerlock uses the same tool as Shimano cassettes btw. I have been using the SM99S on my road bike for few thousand miles now; nice rotor. It’s an easier system and lighter too.

Brian - 09/05/14 - 11:19am

Are they gonna make disc tubulars?

Pete - 09/05/14 - 11:43am

I’ve been waiting for them to come out with a front CL disc; had been wondering if they’d stay straight pull but it looks like they went 2x.

Bill - 09/05/14 - 1:56pm

Bikerumor: Any word on pricing of the Ksyrium Pro Disc? Also what is the width of the rim?

Bryin - 09/06/14 - 5:27pm

Beware of Mavic stuff… I bought 2 pair of Mavic Ksyrium Elites at Colorado Cyclist last year. Each one had a freehub that was loose (out of the box, not ridden AT ALL). When I returned the second wheelset, CC told me they “are within specs”. I told CC to tell Mavic their specs were wrong. Paul at CC made good for me and returned my money. But for Mavic to say they were “within specs” means their specs allow for a loose freehub (which will impact shifting.

Go to custom wheels. You get a much better product for less money. DT, CK or I9 hubs and DT, Kinlin rims are great. Boo Mavic!

Chad Moore - Mavic - 09/11/14 - 11:11am

To answer the question on MSRP – the Ksyrium Pro Disc will sell for $1,250 in the US. They are coming available this month and should arrive at shops soon thereafter.

chup - 09/13/14 - 10:45am

The Ksyrium Pro Disc would be the go to wheelset for the 2015 DB RB, as most of them are endurance class and Mavic is smart to have a great wheelset for that segment.

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