Mavic XA Pro Carbon trail wheels unveiled

Famed French company finally enters world of composite MTB hoops

Tires Wheels
Choose between black, green or blue when picking up a pair of the new Mavic XA Elite alloy wheels.

Choose between blue, black or green when picking up a pair of the new Mavic XA Elite alloy wheels (click to enlarge).

Mavic’s other unveil in Spain was its new alloy XA Elite wheels, which follow the lineage of the new CrossMax Pro and Elite wheels Mavic released a few weeks back, but are 3mm wider. These new wheels also mean the existing CrossMax XL wheels won’t be around much longer.

Mavic’s elevator pitch on the XA Elites is “high technology, simplicity and fun in a strong, light, tubeless-ready wheel-tire system.” The fun is the availability of three colorways: low key black, and more vibrant green or blue. ISM4D machining of the rims helps keep weight in check without compromising strength. Claimed weights are 1695 grams for the 27.5 rims and 1770g for 29ers. Price is $750 including the same Quest tires we rode on the XA Pro Carbon wheels. Here’s a complete rundown of highlights and specs.

ISM 4D drilling of the XA Elite rims is designed to shave weight without compromising stiffness.

ISM 4D drilling of the XA Elite rims is designed to shave weight without compromising stiffness (click to enlarge).

XA Elite Wheels/Tire System Specs
  • Price: $750 (tires included)
  • Available: July 1
  • Claimed wheel weight: 1695 for 27.5; 1770g for 29er
  • Rim material: Aluminum with ISM 4D drilling
  • Internal width: 25mm
  • External width: 32mm
  • Rim profile: Hookless
  • Valve hole diameter: 6.5mm
  • Tire type: UST tubeless
  • Spoke count: 24 front and rear
  • Spoke lacing: Front and rear 2-cross
  • Spoke material: Steel
  • Spoke shape: Straight pull, bladed, double butted
  • Hub body material: Aluminum
  • Hub internals: Adjustable sealed cartridge bearings
  • Hub width: Boost (front 110, rear 148) or standard (front 100, rear 135/142)
  • Color: Black, blue or green
  • Disc standard: 6 bolt
  • Freewheel: ITS-4 alloy
  • Compatibility: Shimano/SRAM, convertible to XD with optional driver body
  • Front axle: Convertible from 15mm thru axle to quick release with included adapters
  • Rear axle: 12mm thru axle, convertible to quick release with optional adapters
  • Tires: Quest Pro UST tubeless ready
  • Front and rear tread: Dual compound
  • Casing: 127tpi
  • Tire sizes and claimed weight: 27.5×2.40 (780g) or 29×2.35 (810g)

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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