Why We Like The Allroad Elite UST Disc Wheelset
Beyond the roads most traveled, there lies an untapped sense of adventure that waits to be explored, though getting there can prove to be a bit of a challenge. Elite road bikes just aren't built to tackle the rough back roads, laced with gravel and grit, and your mountain bike will leave you overloaded with unnecessary suspension — not to mention weight. And this is, unsurprisingly, where gravel and cross bikes fall into the mix, with enough room for loftier tires, wider rims, and the comforts that keep us going for miles, like the Mavic Allroad Elite UST Tubeless Disc Wheelset. Capturing the spotlight in a niche, the Allroad Elite UST combines Mavic's award winning tubeless UST technology with powerful, lightweight rims to propel you down graded gravel paths and rustic country farm roads with a tire to rim seal that's debatably flawless.
Mavic may have been late to take on tubeless in narrower rim applications, but we're pretty sure it was a matter of being patient for perfection. Instead of tossing a tubeless rim on the market to battle with the masses, designers at Mavic took their sweet time, ensuring that you can achieve not just lower tire pressures and increased flat protection, but do so without the grueling effort of installing and seating a tubeless time on your rim. This was done by designing the tire and rim together as a unit, which results in a tire that fits flawlessly, with tool-free installation, and a snug fit that you can count on holding up when you're sending it down a steep dirt road with a sharp left hook at the bottom.
The Allroad Elite UST wheelset graces you with many of the design features of the pricier Allroad Pro, but shaves the price down under the four-digit zone by carrying on with a bit more material, resulting in a weight that scales in only 90-grams heavier than its pricier counterpart. The rims are crafted from Maxtal — a proprietary aluminum alloy specific to Mavic, designed to offer a better strength to weight ratio than standard 6106 alloy that can falter under the pressure of intense, long rides. The rim utilizes Mavic's SUP technology — short for Sounde Usine Process, which creates a milled seam for a smoother, stronger finish, as well as inter-spoke milling, which reduces weight and inertia without compromising durability once laced up. This translates to quicker accelerating, improved handling, and more resistance to boost the feel of every ride you tackle.
The rims are laced up to Mavic's Instant Drive 360 rim with 24 straight-pull spokes for improved stiffness and ride quality. The hubs represent a drastic departure from tradition, as the engagement mechanism replaces the usual pawl system with the dual-ratcheting rings formally found only in designer hubs on custom hand-builts. The design involves two rings that press together laterally. One face of the rings' teeth are sloped, so they ramp off of each other while freewheeling. The other face isn't, so the rings engage with pedal input. The design cuts the engagement angle down to nine degrees, a number we might expect to see on a mountain bike hub but are pleasantly surprised to find on the road.
- Gravel adventures get the gold treatment with UST technology
- Rim and tire developed together for effortless installation
- Rolling resistance is reduced for faster spinning
- Tubeless technology protects from flats
- Maxtal alloy hoops offer high strength-to-weight ratio
- Instant Drive 360 hub provides near instant engagement
- Run up to 40mm tires on these wide, 22-mm internal rims
- Yksion Elite Allroad XL tires float over chatter