Mavic Ksyrium Elite S

Light, smooth and sturdy, but lose out a little in the speed stakes...

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0

Mavic’s classy-looking rims lack the drag-reducing deeper-section profile found on some of the wheelsets here and feel (whether it’s psychological or not) a little less speedy as a result.


They spin smoothly and at 1,620g are light enough to accelerate well, but being only 22mm front/25mm rear deep, they seem to have a harder time holding on to speed.

But while they might not feel as rapid as the Fulcrums, they certainly feel as robust as they look. Rough roads, broken tarmac and potholes don’t faze the Ksyriums in the slightest. They bear the brunt of any impacts and seem to just shrug off the shock, remaining perfectly straight and smooth, rolling true throughout the testing period.

Braking is brilliant thanks to Mavic’s ‘UB Control’ brake track, which provides all the stopping power you could ask for with none of the shuddering or uncertainty found on other wheels. They’re great all-rounders but could be outgunned by something deeper when it comes to fast, flat rides.


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