Now's the time.
Road tubeless has impressed us beyond belief and we truly feel like the wheel and tire technology has improved to the point that we really don't care to use an inner tube going forward. Ditching the tube lowers the rolling resistance so you can go faster with less effort. It also allows for lower tire pressure to be utilized for a more comfortable ride and better traction. Then there's the reduced risk of punctures which we have really come to enjoy on goathead riddled bike lanes and paths. We think it's time for everyone to experience road tubeless and with wheels like Mavic's Tubeless Cosmic Elite UST Wheelset, there's no reason not to.
We're amazed at the performance that the Cosmic Elite packs in and had to do a double take to make sure the price was for a wheelset, especially when you consider that price includes tires. Besides the smoother ride and improved puncture resistance that comes from running sealant, tubeless affords a lighter weight set up, by about 40 grams per wheel, for snappier climbing and accelerating.
Cosmic wheels have always had a touch of aero and Mavic, through wind tunnel testing, creates a 30mm deep rim profile that boosts aero performance without compromising stability in crosswinds. Bladed straight pull spokes and aero profile hubs further help you cheat the wind. The aluminum rims are a pleasant departure from carbon rims in that the braking is powerful and predictable. Mavic tunes the thickness of the rim wall to optimize stiffness, strength, and weight. A reinforced lower rim wall gives it incredible resistance and durability. The S6000 alloy creates a very light yet strong rim extrusion that is arc welded using Mavic's SUP process. The seam is then milled for a smooth finish that cannot be detected while braking. Mavic then CNC machines the braking surface with a process known as UB Control to further improve friction with the pads to get you slowed down faster. The 17mm inner width pairs perfect with the included 25mm wide tires and anything up to around 32mm if your bike and brakes have room to spare.
Pedaling effort is transferred into forward motion with the FTS-L freehub, a tried and true system that is light, smooth, and easy to service. Finally, the Cosmic Elites come ready to go tubeless with Yksion Pro UST tires, sealant, a syringe, tubeless tape, and valves to help you get the most from the tubeless setup.
- A road tubeless wheelset with a low barrier to entry
- Includes everything you need to ride tubeless
- 30mm rim profile and low spoke count adds an aero advantage
- SUP joint technology adds strength to the rim
- High quality cartridge bearings adds durability and performance