There are few component manufacturers with a more storied history in pro cycling than Mavic, whose yellow logo is inextricably linked to races like the Tour de France. Its designs are at times incredibly innovative, at others bizarrely conservative. Mavic isn’t one to be left behind though, so like every other wheel maker on the planet it’s facing up to the demand for disc brakes on the road.

  • Highs: Weight, stiffness, looks
  • Lows: Narrow rims, skinny rubber, proprietary everything

The original Ksyrium set the trend for factory built wheelsets and was arguably responsible for the death (or at least the anaesthetising) of the handbuilt wheel market. The current Elite variant is a benchmark for wheel upgrades, offering a combination of light weight, durability and stiffness rarely equalled. In price and construction, the Ksyrium Pro Disc is an analogue to the Elite’s big brother, the lighter and more expensive SLS.

For many

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