For those following along at home, we’ll be posting the responses to your questions to The Sufferfest this Friday. In the mean time, it’s time to get started on the next AASQ installment. This one focuses on one of the most iconic brands of the industry, known as Mavic. Dating all the way back to 1889, Mavic has most notably contributed to the world of bicycle wheels, rims, hubs, and tires, though they’ve had their hands in far more than that – like ZMS, Zap Mavic System, or the first microprocessor driven electric rear derailleur.

Mavic XA Pro Alloy mountain bike wheelset

Now, the Mavic team is on hand to answer your questions – any questions regarding the brand, history, past, current, or future product, engineering, standards, etc. Have something you’ve been dying to know? Drop us a line through THIS LINK!

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. Why are mavic freehub bodies so crap? They have side to side play out of the box and the pawls wear out faster than any other brand I used in the last 22 years Ive been buying road stuff.

    • I have a completely different experience with my Mavic wheels than you. I actually have a set of Ksyriums on one of my bikes that are 18 years old, with probably 25K miles on them. I have only torn them down for service twice in that time.
      I also have a couple sets of mtb wheels, again, been very reliable.
      The only thing that I knock Mavic for is that they are not current as far as rim widths.

      • Individual accounts don’t really do much unless you get a large sample group together and compare notes. Fact of the matter is Mavic has a very long history of bad design, execution, and even support. Check the internet, it’s all there. I will give them credit tho for finally all but phasing out those atrocious FTS freehub bodies, which can only be found on the very low end these days. Truth be told FTS was the bane of their existence up until the redesign a couple years ago. They really did hang on to that old tech with a death grip. The new ID360 hubs are actually quite nice.

  2. With the trend of increasingly wider tires and wheels to suit those wider tires,what is the perfect (preferably scientifically proven) ration of tire to rim width. On some new road wheels the tire to internal rim width ratio is over 80% (say 21mm internal width with a 25mm tire) while some MTB wheels still stick to a much more conservative 40-50% (25mm internal width with a 2.2in tire). Is there a good ratio for road and a good ratio for MTB or is there a goo range to stick to for all types of riding?

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