Comete Pro Carbon SL UST Wheel
Setting at a generous 64mm deep, Mavic's Comete Pro Carbon SL UST Wheel is the ideal riding partner when speed is what you need, be it during races or training. You'll likely see this wheelset under the pros on World Tour Team AG2R-La Mondiale on the flatter, faster races, albeit in tubular guise, but for the rest of us not lucky enough to have a team car following us, the tubeless version is an ideal option since, more often than not, we aren't pinning on a race number. Even with its aero profile, these are some of the lightest wheelsets in its depth category, at 1635 grams, and the whooshing sound of speed is so addictive, you'll be inspired to grab some gears and go on the attack. The Cometes are Mavic's most aerodynamic wheels, short of a full disc, and the carbon rim offers exceptional stiffness and a lightweight build paired with the impressive rolling efficiency of road tubeless and exceptional braking when you have to scrub off all that newfound speed on tap.
As part of the latest generation of wheelsets in Mavic's lineup, it incorporates the newest rim technologies giving you an absolute aerodynamic advantage on your ride in almost every conceivable situation. The rim is constructed of 3K carbon fiber to a new NACA profile rim that's 64mm deep and 26mm wide, a perfect pairing with today's modern, wider tires. Mavic spent an extensive amount of time testing the profile in the wind-tunnel, honing its shape to provide ultra-low drag numbers while offering incredible stability in blustery conditions. The resulting shape is wide and rounded which helps cheat the wind in races against the clock, while powering the breakaway, or sprinting for the finish of the state championship crit, all without feeling sketchy in crosswinds and letting you save energy from fighting the bike and confidence from not getting blown around.
When it comes time to slow down, you'll appreciate Mavic's iTgMax carbon rim technology. It utilizes a laser to remove the first layer of resin on the brake track so the pads are able to get a better bite and increase friction, providing power and modulation that hasn't yet been appreciated on full carbon rims. This process helps improve braking on big mountain descents both in the wet and dry.
Perhaps the most impressive piece of technology on the Comete comes from Mavic's all-new UST Road Tubeless setup. Mavic claims an improvement in rolling efficiency of up to 15% when compared to non-tubeless tires at equal air pressure. Of course, we're familiar enough with road tubeless that we've come to expect the reduction of flats and the improved ride quality that comes with running lower air pressure for more confident cornering and improved traction. What we aren't so familiar with is the simplicity of this tubeless setup. Mavic engineered super tight tolerances between the rim and tire so it's easy to install by hand, the beads pop into place with your typical floor pump, and it reliably holds air. The wheels come with Mavic's Yksion Pro UST tires that are partly responsible for the easy setup and fast rolling while remaining grippy and puncture free.
Finally, the hubs are worth a mention with the Instant Drive 360 freehub providing a quick 9-degree engagement letting you swiftly respond to attacks with nary a lag in forward momentum. The QRM bearings are double sealed to keep contaminants out so the hubs remain smooth spinning season after season. Spoke duties are handled by aero, straight pull, steel spokes attached to alloy nipples with radial lacing up front and Isopulse lacing on the rear, meaning radially laced spokes on the drive side with a 2x on the non-drive helping to balance spoke tensions and improve stiffness on fast sprints and big gear climbs.
- Deep wheels for maximum aero performance
- UST tubeless ready for rolling efficiency and flat prevention
- Blunt-faced rim profile improves stability in winds
- Instant Drive 360 hubs offer quick engagement
- Includes Mavic's smooth-rolling Yksion Pro tubeless tires
- Mavic delivers bombproof reliability in a race-ready package