Mavic at Eurobike 2012

Sep 6, 2012
by Richard Cunningham  
Mavic may have pioneered the high-end factory built wheelset, and if they didn't, the Crossmax surely became the inspiration that led to the present war of the wheels between the world's most powerful brand names. Mavic had a couple of important announcements at Eurobike - the first being that it had just signed an agreement with SRAM to produce its own version of the XX1 freehub. Yes, that's correct, SRAM's 10-tooth, eleven-speed cassette requires a unique freeehub design that was previously only available through DT Swiss. Mavic plans to make it with its four-pawl ratchet system that engages at 7.5 degrees of rotation. This is good news for XX1 owners (or potential owners), who were faced with limited options for the new one-by drivetrain. Sadly, no pics of the Mavic design were available - so you're going to have to use your imaginations.

CrossTrail Wheelset

The second announcement was a bit more tangible - a $600 CrossTrail wheelset that shares many if not all of the most important features of its Crossmax wheelsets, including Zicral aluminum alloy spokes, straight pull hubs and Mavic's UST-certified fore-drilled spoke interface that leaves the inner rim surface unmolested and thus eliminates any need for a rim strip for tubeless (or any) applications.

Mavic Crosstrail hub

Mavic Crosstrail rim and Zicral spoke

The CrossTrail rim uses the rounded profile of the CrossMax SX rim and is also machined to reduce weight on the rim's inner diameter before being painted black. Interchangeable endcaps are include for quick release, 142/12mm rear and 15 or 20mm through axles up front. The CrossTrail is updated with the new four-pawl freehub mech and weighs only 1685 grams in the 26 inch size. Mavic offers the CrossTrail in 26 and 29 inch sizes and is presently adding 650b to that menu. North American prices and availablity will occur later this fall.

Notch Helmet

Mavic also kicks ass in the clothing department and for 2013, divorcing itself from the close-fit raceware that has kept the French cycling giant so close to its road racing roots. This year sees them coming to market with a relaxed, dirt-specific line of clothing and helmets called 'Notch.' What caught our eye this season was the Notch helmet, which is loosely modeled after the half-shell enduro-style lid that is popular in Europe and is now gaining popularity in North America.

Mavic Notch Helmet side view

Mavic Notch helmet back view

The Notch helmet features a low, rounded back and better side protection than an XC racing lid, and has much less ornamentation around the vents. Inside, there is a circular, adjustable head band to ensure a perfect fit and outside, a short visor that is tilted upwards to provide greater visibillity. Mavic's Notch helmet costs $110 USD and comes in Small, Medium and Large sizes.

Scree Trail Shoe

With Big Mountain freeriding gaining popularity, and many riders seeking riding opportunities far from the well worn standards that have been beat to death by pop journalism, a shoe designed to pedal efficiently that also excels at extended pushing up technical pitches is most welcome. The MAVIC 'Scree' is a mid-to boot with a cycling-shoe curve and bonded to an aggressive lugged sole.

Mavic Scree shoe 2013

Mavic Scree shoe sole and padded heel

The Scree is SPD compatible and its super-tough upper is protected from moisture with Gore-Tex material. Mavic says the Scree is light and efficient enough to race a big event like the Trans Alps, but we see it as a versitile backcountry cycling shoe that can handle a day of digging as easily as it could deliver the best ride of your life.

Mavic Notch clothing

A look at some of Mavic's Notch clothing. The jerseys are very comfortable, with great ventilation. The trail shorts are primarily sewn from stretch fabric.


  • 29 0
 that notch helmet is sick looking, definitely my helmet when I go into AM, and I love how the rims don't need rim strips
  • 4 2
 The vertical stabilizer makes it RAD.
  • 3 0
 Shark fin. LOL
  • 1 1
 makes it more d3 ish!
  • 2 0
 with a pinch of POC style also, but definitly Mavic sauce! Really nice helmet.
  • 7 0
 they┬┤ve definitely looked north for inspiration for the "Notch"
  • 1 0
 im sure ive seen that design somewhere else?
  • 2 0
 a bit like the trabec maybe? only one I can think of anyway
  • 2 0
 looks like the poc trail helmets.
  • 1 0
 seems as if a lot of the new enduro focused helmets from not only mavic have a striking resemblance to another very popular helmet. Was thinking the same thing when i saw the new Bell lid as well.
  • 3 0
 Loving the wheels and the new lid, but the shoes why why why the alpine XL is the greatest they have made they do it all from the big mountain riding to you quick ride to the shops, they should have continued with them not make new ones.
Rant over Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Totally agree. I used to vary between flats and clips depending on the ride. Since I got Alpine XL's, I use clips for everything. They're by far the most comfortable and durable shoe I've ever used.
  • 5 0
 Im loving the helmet! Not sure about the size tho... lol. Just a Large?
My troy lee"s are all xl/xxl.... Sucks having such a big head....
  • 1 0
 The spoke retaining system on the hub pictured above looks much thicker than what's on their DeeMax. Hope they fix that in the future cause I've broken one of these pins on my Ultimates and seen it happen elsewhere on the net too. Now missing one spoke. Sucks to see such an expensive wheelset last less than 4 races
  • 3 0
 I like the look of those new shoes my Mavic shoes are the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn
  • 6 0
 Not kidding ... those are a decent looking shoe. I do alot of walking up tech pitches around here (ha!) and those look like just the ticket.
  • 2 0
 I can vouch for mavic shoes, i've got a pair almost identical to these (but low tops), they are really strong and comfortable. They will last me a long time. They also look better in the flesh, the colours are perfect (the photo above isnt that great on the blacks / greys).
  • 2 0
 Quality stuff as usual, i love my Crossmax SX wheels. Bomb proof and pretty light, no explanation i can see why the disc bolt threaded section has a bit missing...
  • 1 0
 Weight saving?
  • 1 0
 For the amount of weight saved via strength, is this a wise option??. That area must be under considerable stress..
  • 1 0
 Glad to hear they are opening up the sizes a little bit. They definitely didn't feel like they fit most (ahem) North American non-roadie body sizes.
  • 1 0
 Just delivered a set of Crosstrail wheels, spokes are bladed steel, not alloy. Still an amazing wheel for the money, but just wanted to clear that up.
  • 1 0
 At least Mavic's mountain helmets look better than their road helmet range. Ugliest things you'd ever see.
  • 1 0
 such a quality brand in every category. i have a stratos helmet for trail and commuting, would recommend.
  • 1 0
 Mavic would do some realy good knee pads i an icture what they would be like but mavics a bit pricey sometimes
  • 4 3
  • 1 0
 I caught that too...should get a job at pb!
  • 1 0
 very nice.

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