Road tubeless is awesome, but it’s also been held back by the lack of a true standard. Just like the company hoped to do back in 1999 with mountain bikes, Mavic recently introduced UST Road in hopes of standardizing the road tubeless market. While still relying on a bit of sealant for puncture sealing, the UST Road standard promises easier tire installation and removal, improved safety in the case of a flat with a tire that will stay on the rim, all while keeping the advantages of tubeless with lower rolling resistance, increased grip, and decreased weight.
Applying to a huge selection of existing Mavic wheels, UST Road will be also be available on wheels that are brand new to the line up like the new Comete Pro Carbon SL UST. Sold as a UST Wheel Tire System, the full carbon clincher uses a 64mm deep NACA airfoil profile with a 19mm internal width (26mm at the brake track). The rim brake only carbon rims use iTgMax carbon technology which is supposedly better at withstanding higher temperatures and offering better braking in all conditions. The 18/20 spoke wheels include straight pull steel spokes with aluminum nipples, QRM+ and QRM Auto hubs with optional XD-R freehub body, and have a claimed weight of 720/880g. The wheels are shipped with Yksion Pro UST 700c x 25mm tires which are 260g each. All in, you’re looking at $1,799.90 for the complete set.
You’ll also find UST Road on wheels like the Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST ($1,799.90 rim brake, $1,899.90 disc brake) and the new Ksyrium Pro UST ($999.90 rim brake, $1,099.90 disc brake). For a complete list of all the new UST Road wheels, check out the original post here.
At the top end of the Mavic clothing range, you’ll find the new Cosmic Ultimate SL Bib Short and Cosmic Ultimate SL jersey. Made from super light and breathable fabrics, the shorts are Mavic’s lightest to date and feature 3D Pro chamois made from Ortholite memory foam. The jersey ($129,95) offers a fitted cut with Air Mesh ST fabric with UV protection and is available in three colors while the shorts ($199.95) are available in two.
A little farther down the spectrum, the Essential line includes pieces that are moderately priced and are key pieces you should have in your closet. From the Essential H20 jacket with its 2 layer waterproof design for $179.95 to the Essential Wind Vest with a DWR coating that weighs in at 75g for $109.95, the Essentials will keep you riding year ’round. There’s also an Essential Bib short which uses a 3D Ergo Endurance insert and Ergo Grip SL elastic thigh grippers for a bib that checks in at $119.95.
Women get a number of new pieces as well with the Sequence line. The Sequence Jersey Graphic offers UV protection, a 1/2 zip on the front, and a fitted cut in two colors for $99.95. Not a fan of sleeves? The Sequence Twist Tank offers a cooler fit for hot days while keeping the three rear pockets for $69.95. Lastly, the Sequence Pro Bib Short includes a 3D women’s insert with a ‘bathroom break’ zipper at $179.95.