Mavic’s Crossmax Enduro Wheel Tire System and Shoes – First Look

by Brian Mullin on August 2, 2013

The
Mavic Crossmax Enduro Wheel Tire System or WTS was introduced in June in La
Clusaz France, and currently comes in 26″ and 27.5″ sizes, and retails
for $1000. The system was specifically created for Enduro racing, where
seconds count, and multiple functions are required from wheels,
including such things as strength, durability, responsiveness and acceleration. The
synergy of designing front and rear specific wheels and tires produces a
complete package that gives a rider the extra edge, and the utmost control and performance.
The front was designed to maximize stability, strength, comfort and cornering, while the
rear was responsiveness, acceleration, good pedaling and spinning,
and general rollability. They weigh 1660 grams for the 26″ version, and
1710 grams for the 27.5″.

The Crossmax Enduro WTS looks
like the ticket for not only for Enduro racing, but for those that like
to push the limits on the most extreme trails that they ride, and they
demand the best performance and durability from their wheels while in
those situations. I am looking forward to trying out a set and seeing if
the synergistic system truly works?

While I was at the Colorado Freeride Festival, which was also the only
US event stop for the Enduro World Series, Mavic’s Public Relations
wizard Mavic Zach walked me through their Enduro product lineup.

Crossmax Enduro Wheels
The
front wheel has a 23mm inner rim width, and 24 spokes, which are laced in a
two-cross pattern, which all help to give the wheel beefiness and
stiffness, to deal with the extreme loads from cornering and braking
forces. The rear wheel has a narrower 19mm inner rim width, and 20 spokes, laced
radial on the drive side and 2-cross on the non-drive (their Isopulse
design), which helps with weight savings and gives a quicker response.
The rear free hub body is their ITS4 system, which utilizes a 4 pawl
design, with 2 pawls operating in opposition to each other at all times,
and engages at 7.5 degrees for a good POE.

They both use straight
pull and bladed Zicral alloy spokes, which are lighter than stainless
steel, and aren’t as stretchy, which produces a stiffer wheel. To save weight on the
rims, they use interspoke milling or ISM construction, which means they
subtlety shaved off material between the spoke insertions, which saves
15-20 grams per rim. They also use the Fore drilling technology for the
nipple insertions, in which a super-hot drill bit pushes a tunnel of
metal into the lower rim bridge, which is then threaded, and this
technology doesn’t propagate into the outer rim bed, so everything is
airtight and no rim tape is required.

The wheelsets comes with
large aluminum axles and all the required adapters, so you can run 15
and 20mm in front, and QR, 12×135 and 12×142 in the rear.

Charge Front Tire                                                                          Roam XL Rear

Crossmax Enduro Tires
The

high-volume Charge front tire is 2.4″ wide, uses widely spaced and
tall knobs, and is 2 ply, single compound, which is super soft with a
low rebound. The lower profiled Roam XL rear tire is 2.3″ wide for the
26″ version and 2.2″ wide for the 27.5″, and is 2 ply, dual compound,
with ramped knobs, and is designed for maximum rolling efficiency and
grip. The tires weigh around 950 grams for the front and 800 for the
rear, and should retail for $70. I personally would want to run the
front one on the rear myself due to the local loose gravelly conditions
of the Colorado Springs area.

Crossmax Enduro Shoe
The

$130 Crossmax Enduro mountain bike shoe is a hybrid, that is sort of a
cross between their ultra stiff race oriented Fury and the softer
hike-a-bike Alpine XL. The
shoe has a big toe bumper for protection, mesh materials for
breathability, a tall neoprene cuff to keep out dirt and water and
general
crud, and a stiff sole that has enough flexibility for hiking (stiff
inner sole and walking outer). For a closure system, it uses a speedlace
system for the lower half, and a ratchet buckle for the top. The cross
designs of a race and a walking shoe, creates an efficient and robust
product.

These look like some great shoes, with a nice
cross functional set of features for hard riding and hike-a-biking, and
it be interesting to see if Mr. Shoe Destroyer (myself)could make good
use of them?

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