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