The French wheelmaker Mavic has introduced a new wheel-tire system—the Crossmax XL—designed to withstand the rigors of alpine ‘enduro-style’ adventure riding, with a view toward offering greater durability than that of its lighter-weight racing sibling, the Crossmax Enduro.
The wheels, derived from the same technology as the Crossmax Enduro racing hoops—as well as that of the previous-generation Crossmax ST—share broad similarities to the Enduro race wheels but offer greater versatility and durability than their more svelte, performance-oriented enduro-racing wheels.
Over the past few days, we had the pleasure of joining members of the Mavic crew—including reigning Enduro World Series champion Jerome Clementz—on a multi-day ride from the late-spring snowline of the Maritime Alps to the warm Mediterranean waters of the French Riviera to see just how the new wheels and tires would hold up under real-world, extended abuse.
Here are several things we learned about the new wheels, as well as about the hardy crew of riders who design and test them:
More details to come, pending a reliable internet connection that does not compel a human being to join the French masses on a proverbial March on the Bastille.