Mavic is back in gear. And these completely revamped aluminum Allroad wheelsets mean they aren’t just developing superlight, super expensive carbon wheels. Calling the Allroad SL & Allroad S gravel-ready road wheels, they feature all-new modern wide hookless rim sections and true tubeless compatibility. Classic tech-focused Mavic wheelsets, they’re reasonably light and affordable alloy wheels, promising performance you can rely on.
Mavic Allroad SL & S gravel bike wheelsets
After some turmoil a few years back, we’ve seen Mavic making a solid turnaround as of late. From an ultralight deep carbon road wheel debut at the start of the year, to a strong return in the USA last month, things are looking up for the storied French wheel brand. And now, it’s really nice to see performance development going into products most of us can actually afford. How many riders can really from 4000€ for those 1255g road wheels?
Plus, the best wheelset to choose for riding rough roads, gravel, and even a bit of dropbar dirt is not only one that doesn’t break the bank… But also a wheelset you aren’t afraid of damaging. Mavic describes the Allroads as wheels “you can fully trust and forget“… the “perfect choice for gravel rides, road rambles, bikepacking trips or fast daily commutes“.
Both new Mavic Allroad wheelsets share the same new ‘maxtal’ alloy rim extrusion. Now they are 28mm wide outside and 21 or 22mm deep depending on post machining. The SLs also feature a new Black Shield anodized finish that is said to be 2x stronger against rock impacts and scratches.
They feature a new wider 25mm internal hookless UST profile that had been reshaped for easier tire installation. But it’s still true tubeless. And thanks to Fore nipple threads directly into the rim wall, without the need for tubeless tape to seal your tires. That also generally saves about 20-30g per wheel compared to conventional tubeless setups.
The wider rims do mean the new wheels add between 25-65g that the previous 22mm internal generation. But I’d call that a small price to pay for larger tire volume, more comfort, more grip, and presumably lower rolling resistance, too.
The wheels are built with Mavic’s latest Infinity alloy hubs. That then gives them centerlock disc, automatic sealed bearing preload, and Shimano, SRAM XD-R & Campy Ekar compatibility. They also feature new Instant Drive 360 ratchet freewheels for fast engagement, better stiffness, and improved durability. The hubs are 12mm thru-axle as standard, but can be converted to QR or even a 15mm up front.
The difference between the SL & S versions… The more expensive Allroad SLs get ISM 4D machining between the spokes to save weight. And the SLs upgrade to elliptical aero spokes, vs. the simple flat aero spokes of the Allroad S wheels. Both feature 24 straight-pull double-butted spokes front & rear – with just one spoke length simplifying replacement over the life of the wheels.
2024 Mavic Allroad wheels – Pricing, options & availability
The lighter new Allroad SL wheels retail for $889 / 889€ with a claimed weight of 1655g. The more affordable new Allroad S wheels sell for just $530 / 529€ with a claimed weight of 1790g.
Both new wider Mavic aluminum gravel wheels are available now – either on their own front/rear or as complete wheelsets.