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Test: Mavic Crossmax ST

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The Mavic Crossmax ST wheel set is a popular choice for high end wheelset for our Mountain Bike. After more than 3 saisons with them, this is a quick long term review.

I ride with this wheelset mainly in the Var region, in Provence, France. My type of riding is more Enduro but without long downhill run in the mountains and almost never mud or wet conditions.

Weight: no doubt, it’s light: less than 1700g for the wheelset.

Rim strenght: Not too bad overall in light Enduro  use. I didn’t have any trouble with the rims.

Spokes: In average I broke 2 spokes a year minimum at the rear. Nor complicate or expensive to change but quite annoying.

Hubs: The rear hub is the main problem on the wheelset. I had a lot of trouble through 3 years with the rear hub like:

  • Play in the rear hub: Mavic has a system with a special screw to tight up the hub. This part unscrew by itself and you need to rescrew it with the right tool all the time. At the end, my hub had always a small annoying play.
  • Problem with the freewheel: The freewheel need a lot of attention. It needs to be clean and oiled very frequently to works properly.
  • Teflon bushing in the freewheel: Instead of having bearing, the freewheel use a teflon bushing. The cassette get a lot of lateral play very quickly and I had to change in average every 2 years the complete freewheel (45€).
  • Overall Hub strenght: I fanally cracked in two the hub like shown in the photo above.

Overall, Mavic sell it’s wheelset for an expensive price and honnestly I never had so many problems with my wheelset before. On Hope hubs, the maintenance is reduce to bearing change sometimes and that’s pretty it. I never experienced so many problems with the freewheel and I never cracked in two a hub.

Even if a Hope wheelset is a little bit heavier than the mavic, it’s cheaper and stronger: a better deal overall without questions.

It’s too bad because Mavic is doing quite good rims. But now the Mavic marketing is all about wheelset: it’s nearly impossible to find any rim alone in 27.5 diametre for example.



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