Mavic wheels for heavy riders

Posted by SuperClydesdale on October 2, 2010 under Wheels | 4 Comments to Read

If you’ve read this site for a while, you’ll likely know that I hate Mavic.   Ever since my Ksyrium SSL SC wheels self-destructed in less than a year, and Mavic would not stand behind them (I had to pay for a total rebuild – which took a very long time to resolve), I have never bought another Mavic product, nor will I.  I sold those wheels and used the money towards a new wheelset (currently trying the Spinergy Stealth PBOs, which have been solid thus far).

Mavic’s problems can be summed up in two words:  they’re French.

That said, I did swing by the Mavic booth to talk to them and see what they had for 2011.

I happened upon an American sales representative who assured me that “Mavic has no weight limit.”  That’s great!  Wow.

I told him about my issue, and then he looked around to make sure nobody was listening and told me, “They’re French.  I don’t think they have any big guys in France.  I’ve never seen them.”  I was taken aback, primarily because those are the exact same words in the exact same order that have come out of my mouth when discussing Mavic before.  It was a Twilight Zone moment.  He went on that “Mavic designs their products for guys 180 pounds and below.”  Really?  I’m shocked.

The one wheelset that the guy did feel comfortable promoting as an all-around wheel for heavy riders is the Ksyrium Elite.  These wheels are non-aero, but have stainless steel bladed spokes.  I know numerous heavy riders that had these come with their bikes and they do seem to hold up.

Mavic was one of two manufacturers who would not give me their price sheet.   If I’m not a dealer, I have no right to that information.  The other was Fulcrum.  Damn Europeans.

Crash replacement

Despite my constant Mavic-bashing, Mavic offers perhaps the best replacement plan:  the Mavic Product Protection Plan.  The plan is required to be purchased at the time you purchase the wheels., and per the guy at the booth, costs 8% of MSRP.  The plan provides protection for 2 years, and it’s “no fault” – no explanation needed.  You only play for shipping.   I was not told about this when I purchased my wheels – I wasn’t given the option.  Certainly I would have sprung for the $80 to protect a $1,000 wheelset.  Perhaps I should be harder on the dealer I bought them from than on Mavic.

Cassette compatibility

Shimano, Campy, SRAM.

More information:   www.mavic.com

  • Duck said,

    I’m glad to see these wheels on your site. I fell in love with cycling and sold my truck a couple months ago. It’s been an expensive love affair. 7’0″ and 290 lbs.

    The Mechanic swears on these wheels saying he wouldn’t put me on anything else they carry. I hope they hold up. The spokes on my road bike’s stock rear wheel have been popping like popcorn.

    The replacement option made the choice easy.

  • Duck said,

    I’m glad to see these wheels on your site. I fell in love with cycling and sold my truck a couple months ago. It’s been an expensive love affair. 7’0″ and 290 lbs.

    The Mechanic swears on these wheels saying he wouldn’t put me on anything else they carry. I hope they hold up. The spokes on my road bike’s stock rear wheel have been popping like popcorn.

    The replacement option made the choice easy.

  • wwwmattcom said,

    I have a set of Magic Aksiums. I am waiting for summer to use them. In the meantime I am using Bontrager SSR race with Specialized Nimbus Armadillos. 35c. I run over everything. The only times I have lost are when I get pins are shards of metal through the tire. Oh yes I also managed to push a goat head through when it was raining. I think the water made my tire softer? I didn’t want to spend the dough on Kysrium. I am 73 inches 240 lbs. More if you count my gear.

  • wwwmattcom said,

    I have a set of Magic Aksiums. I am waiting for summer to use them. In the meantime I am using Bontrager SSR race with Specialized Nimbus Armadillos. 35c. I run over everything. The only times I have lost are when I get pins are shards of metal through the tire. Oh yes I also managed to push a goat head through when it was raining. I think the water made my tire softer? I didn’t want to spend the dough on Kysrium. I am 73 inches 240 lbs. More if you count my gear.

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