View Full Version : Mavic Crosstrails
08-01-2007, 12:12 PM
I was reading Ed's thread under the "Classifieds" section about the Mavic Crossmax SLRs.
Would a set of Mavic Crosstrails be a decent substitute for the SLR's? I'd use them on my Epic for XC racing (no jumps at Hammy!) instead of dropping a grand for the SLRs?
I've seen the Crosstrails on JensonUSA for about $475.
It looks the main tradeoff between the two wheels is weight. The SLR used lighter spokes and has some lighter bits in the hubs. The weight difference between the two wheels is 290 grams, about .64 lbs. The SLR also comes with a titanium quick release.
I have not ridden either sets of wheels so I cannot really speak to the differences in stiffness or feel. From a build standpoint, the rim looks to be the same, with different spokes and hub pieces.
As far as abusing wheels, my SL's have head up really well and I have not any problems as a result of hammering them. They have stayed true and have held up much better than my heavier bontrager wheels. I would think that the crosstrails would also take some abuse.
As another nmber pointed out to me, colorado cyclist has the 06 SLs for about $522. If they have any left, that is a great deal.
08-01-2007, 12:29 PM
I'm running a set of Crosstrails and have been very pleased with them. So far they have taken all the drops and jumps with no problems. If you run your fast tracks with them you would be surprised how light they feel. I don't think you remember but you looked at them at the NMB cookout at L4. These rims are above the crossrides and below the crossmax and with them being half the price you can't go wrong.
08-01-2007, 07:55 PM
Thanks for the info and now I do remember seeing them that day at L4. Also, I jumped on Colorado Cyclist and there are the '06 SL's, just waiting for me to lay down $529.
Thanks again for the info!
08-01-2007, 08:23 PM
Chris, I remember checking your wheels out at the cookout.
They are deffinantly nice wheels.
I'm getting ready to get new wheels to lighten my bike & will be looking into these.
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