Item # MAV0510
Mavic Exalith II Brake Pad $49.90
The right tool for the Exalith job.
Exalith, a treatment given to Mavic's upper-echelon of wheels, penetrates the rim's alloy in order to delay rim wear and to enhance braking power. It's also a key component in maintaining the rim's distinctive Anthracite Grey color and is a hell of a lot harder than your typical alloy brake track. Given its differences compared to standard alloy, it devours standard brake pads, so you need to use the Mavic Exalith II Brake Pads in order to enjoy these increased stopping benefits. We should also note that Exalith-specific pads are too hard to properly grab standard alloy braking surfaces, so they're to be used only with Exalith II brake tracks.
We're not sure how Mavic produces the signature Exalith II surface — being "signature" means it's also a jealously guarded secret — but we can confirm that it's similar to anodization. Anyone who's experience the jet engine whine of previous generations of Exalith will be familiar with the improved stopping power of Exalith II, but they'll also be pleasantly surprised by the decreased noise associated with the surface.
These Mavic brake pads are specifically designed to work with certain Mavic rims. The Standard pads work with the Exalith II brake tracks on Mavic's Cosmic Carbone SLR, Cosmic Carbone SLE, R-Sys SLR, and Ksyrium SLR rims. Alternatively, if you're about to swap out your wheels for Mavic's futuristic CXR Ultimate 60 Clinchers, Mavic specifically designed the CXR Exalith II Brake Pads with a thinner, longer profile to account for the CXR Ultimate 60 Clincher's wider rims.
We're compelled to stress the fact that the CXR pads sold here are only for use with the CXR Ultimate 60 Clincher, which is the only CXR Ultimate wheelset with an Exalith II braking surface. Every other CXR — including the 80 Tubular and the 60 Tubular models — have carbon brake tracks, which will by destroyed by Exalith brake pads, voiding any warranty and putting the cyclist at risk.
Please note that these pads are sold as a pair, and that they're available for both post-2000 Campagnolo and SRAM/Shimano calipers.
- Slide-in cartridge style
- Compatible with post-2000 Campagnolo calipers or Shimano/SRAM brake calipers
- Each package includes 2 brake pads
Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.
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What is difference between Standard and CXR brake pads?
Mavic has 2 Exalith versions, The CXR and regular. You would probably know if you need the CXR by wordage on the rim. If you do not have have CXR on your rim, then you would just need the regular.
So the Exalith pads actually say SwissStop FlashPRO on them - are these just flashpro pads ?? or does SwissStop make them for Mavic with a unique harder compound?
These are specifically made by SwissStop for the Mavic Exalith wheels with a unique compound.
Squeaky when new. Stop on a dime!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Only loss one star due to noisy when new, but man these stop so well for Exalith rims. Super impressed.
Correct brakes for Exalith rims
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These brake pads are for use with Mavic rims with the Exalith treated braking surfaces. Once broken in, they are quite simply, the best braking performance wheels and pads I have ever experienced. Ideal for serious mountain descents. Other than a distinctive sound during braking, these are confidence inspiring brakes. I look forward to trying these [with Mavic R-sys wheels.] on future mountain rides.
I did buy these pads to replace the the same type pads that came with the R-sys wheels. [Once they wear out.] The original pads wear quickly until the rims are broken in. The pads fit my Dura-Ace holders perfectly, making them easy to install.
In one order come 4 pads?? Thanks
Two pads per package.
Can you use these brake pads with other...
Can you use these brake pads with other alloy clincher wheels?
These are actually only good for Exalith rims. The brake pad is a VERY hard compound, and it would not provide sufficient friction for a regular aluminum rim.