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Mavic Ksyrium Elite WTS Wheelset - Clincher

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The gold standard, improved.

The Mavic Ksyrium line has one of the most stellar reputations in the wheel industry for producing bombproof and multi-faceted wheelsets that can tackle almost any road riding or racing situation. The Mavic Ksyrium Elite WTS Clincher Wheelset has improved on this legacy with a redesign to better accommodate the shifting trend towards wider road tires while still maintaining its legendary versatility and durability.

The big news for this Ksyrium is a widened internal rim width, up to 17mm from the 15mm of previous Ksyriums — which may sound tiny, but it's a huge difference when you move from a 23mm to a 25mm tire. For both 23mm and 25mm tires, the wider rim makes for less of a bulging "light bulb effect" than a narrower rim with the same size tire, because the tire beads are able to sit at a wider stance on the rim. Combining less sidewall bulge with more air volume due to that wider stance translates to more stability when cornering and a reduced chance of pinch flats getting in the way of your ride time than wheels with narrower rims.

While the trend towards using 25mm tires opens up doors for all sorts of math puns related to composite rims and numbers, it also serves a real purpose to positively impact ride quality. The wider tire reduces rolling resistance by as much as 13% when compared to a 23mm tire at the same tire pressure — so more power gets allocated to forward speed instead of fighting friction with the pavement. Wider tires also give riders a comfier ride by running a lower tire pressure. At 20psi lower, a 25mm tire will have the same rolling resistance and a much more forgiving road feel than a 23mm tire. With this in mind, Mavic pairs 25mm tires with each Ksyrium Elite wheelset.

Along with the wider rim, Mavic utilizes its Inter Spoke Milling 4 Dimensions (ISM 4D) process to create the classic Ksyrium rim shape, which is milled between each spoke. This process serves to reduce rim weight and lower the rotating mass of the wheel for better responsiveness and acceleration than non-milled rims — all without sacrificing any wheel strength. So whether you're battling cars off the line at a stoplight or going for the holeshot in a local criterium, these wheels are designed to jump up to speed fast.

The Ksyrium Elite redesign also brings updates to the aesthetics of the wheelset. For 2015, Mavic uses a combination of glossy and matte finishes for contrast and gives riders new options to add some flair to their ride. In addition to standard all-black, riders can choose black with blue hubs and spoke nipples or black with red hubs and spoke nipples. The general consensus around the Competitive office is that these colors are a subtle nod to Mavic's groundbreaking Helium wheelset from the mid-'90s, which took the cycling world by storm with its distinctive red hubs and rims. The ultralight Helium was the precursor to the original Ksyrium and set the tone for future Mavic wheels by excelling in everything from long climbs to technical downtown criteriums.

To round out the wheelset, Mavic includes 25mm Yksion Pro tires, billed as Mavic's solution for optimizing the interface between wheel, tire, and road. The Yksion Pro Griplink on the front wheel utilizes a soft, sticky compound, a tread pattern designed to cut through water, and Kevlar reinforcement for a solid, grippy road feel with extra flat protection. For the rear wheel, the Yksion Pro Powerlink utilizes nylon reinforced casing and a slightly harder compound than the Pro Griplink. The rear tire's tread pattern is designed to increase rolling efficiency while still maintaining a supple road feel. Paired together, the Mavic Ksyrium Elite WTS Wheelset and Yksion Pro tires will tear through almost any type of road ride with ease.

Tech Specs

Rim Material:
Maxtal aluminum
Wheel Size:
700 c
Tire Type:
clincher
Rim Depth:
24 / 26 mm
Rim Width:
[internal] 17 mm, [front external] 21.5 mm, [rear external] 21.7 mm
Brake Compatibility:
rim
Hubs:
Mavic
Skewers:
included
Spokes:
double-butted steel
Spoke Nipple:
alloy
Spoke Count:
[front] 18, [rear] 20
Wheel Bag Included:
no
Claimed Weight:
[front w/out tire] 680 g, [rear w/out tire] 870 g, [pair w/out tires] 1550 g, [pair w/ included tires] 1760 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Dope Hoops

    These were a great upgrade over the stock wheels that came with my bike. Solid, light, and the pawls even sound classy. The included tires stop quickly and stand up to the usual debris one finds on the side of the road.

    Inside Man

      Any questions at all on these don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally – happy to help out. This wheelset can handle anything you thrown at it. Coming in at around 1500g, you can't bet this wheel for a upgrade. Compatible for 10 and 11 speed.

      Bill Sherman
      Customer Account Manager-Bike
      Office: 801-736-6396 ext. 4737
      bsherman@backcountry.com

      Tough Rims

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have been riding my set of Mavic Ksyrium Elites for 4 years over not so good Texas roads...pot holes, cracks, heat. Not one problem. I am 6 1" and my weight goes from 190 in the winter to 185 in the summer so I am not a little guy.

      How come you only give them three stars?

      Not sure why my review only shows 3 stars...not my choice. The wheels are great.

      What is the difference between the Kysirium Elite and the Elite S?

      Ksyrium Elite is the current model, Elite S is older ~2013 and discontinued. However they have very similar specs.

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      Avg. ride time: 8m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      What about the Hubs? What are they like/about, especially compared to lower made rims like Aksiums. Is that another reason to upgrade to this wheelset? Thanks!

      What year model is this wheelset?
      And will it work with SRAM Apex 10 speed?

      Hey Steve G,



      Our newest shipment of these wheels are the 2016 model year. These will work with a Sram Apex 10 speed cassette. If you have any other questions about these wheels, or would like help with an order shoot me an email at dbennett@backcountry.com

      Fat Americans Need Not Apply

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Probably a great wheelset for the right body-types. If you are heavier than the average cat 2 racer and/or ride on anything other than glassy smooth tarmac, don't bother with these wheels. I rode a set of Equipes for a while and had pretty good luck with them so I decided to try the Elites. The rim on the rear cracked after 4 rides. Incredibly, I was still able to get home even with a fairly substantial wobble. See how they have machined away material in the rims? Well, sure that lightens them up but it also makes them more prone to breakage. My guess is that the cracking happened when I hit a divot in the tarmac on a downhill at about 30mph. I was riding out of the sun and into the shade so I didn't see the divot. Regardless, it' s the same kind of thing I've done, without issue, many times on the Equipes and on hand-built Open Pros-- i.e., it is not what I would call "unusual". I go about 195 lb so I sort of knew going in that these might not be the best wheels for me. Now, I know this with certainty. So, if you are larger and like pre-built alloy Mavics, stick with the Aksiums or the Equipes. They are heavier...but so are you. Otherwise, just get a set of properly constructed handbuilts with box section rims and at least 32 spokes.

      Well, I'm a "Fat American" (210 lb. before my morning dump) and have ridden the snot out of these wheels, including running them through dozens of "divots" in the road. No cracks, still true, and still going strong. Aksiums, Equipes, Elites...all nice alloy clinchers. Just pick your price point and weight. Hand-builts can be something of a crap shoot anymore due to variances in wheelbuilder skill (or lack thereof). The quality of factory-built wheels from a reputable company like Mavic is simply going to more more consistent. I'm sure anecdotes abound of riders destroying low-spoke count wheels and then returning to traditional box-section 36H 3x handbuilts. They're the same ones who are still running square-taper BBs, threaded headsets and lugged steel frames. Mavic pre-built alloy clinchers are good...even for Fat Americans.

      "More consistent" trash is still trash. Hand-builts are only a "crap shoot" if you are too lazy to find a quality wheel builder. Find one, pick smart quality components for the recipe, and ride trouble-free for tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of miles. These low-spoke, super-high tension wheels are a ride-ender if you break a spoke. Maybe not a big deal if you are on an organized ride with good SAG service but a potential disaster if you are 80 miles from home in a place with spotty cell coverage.

      Are you sure your review is for the new 2016 redesigned Elites?
      I had the previous model. I am heavy. I have cracked 3 of them.
      This brand new for 2016 redesign is supposed to address that. I haven't had issues so far, but it's too early to tell.

      I wouldn't put much stock in this review. I'm also 210 pounds. 6'3" and a pretty powerful rider. A decent sprinter. I rode these wheels for years...my daily 13 mile each way commute in Portland over the west hills with a backpack full of my work clothes, laptop, shoes, etc. I raced on them, trained on them, through rain and grit. At one point, with 20k miles on the wheels, the freehub spawls did seize up and I had, essentially, a fixed gear until I got home and could service the hub. But come on, 20k hard miles? I can't complain about that. I never had to true the wheels, though I did have the spoke tension dialed in periodically to retain lateral stiffness.