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SOC15: Mavic Highlights Crossmax SL Pro WTS with Team Dream and Stinner Frameworks Collaboration

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In what seems to be turning into a bit of a tradition, Mavic teamed up with some talented people to hand build two show bikes for the new Crossmax LTD Wheel Tire Systems. To kick off the project Mavic gave Sean Talkington of Team Dream Bicycling Team a ring. Continuing his work with Jordan Low on paint and Aaron Stinner of Stinner Frameworks for the builds, two stunning mountain bikes emerged as the perfect canvases for Mavic’s WTS…

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In Sean’s own words:

I was already a fan of Stinner long before this project.  After getting to know Aaron better last year and doing a bit of design work for him, I was ready to pull the trigger.  Mavic asked me to find a builder to create a concept mtb for their new Crossmax SL Pro, and the stars aligned.

Arron and I discussed a bike that would be great for All-Mountain Riding, Bike Packing & possibly Heavy Touring.  We both looked at differing geometries for all three types of riding and found lots of similarities.  The goal was to build a bike to be ideal for all three disciplines, with little to no sacrifice.  I personally wanted a bike that I could pack with a weekends worth of gear, that will ride comfortably under load & you can shred once the bags are removed.  
The paint was a collaboration between Jordan Low and myself.  I wanted to play on the classic DayGlo color gradients of the 90’s. 

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satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
9 years ago

you mean paint concept for blk wheels w/yellow graphics? maybe i can’t see it but how do you backpack and heavy tour with no braze-on rack mounts and shred with a 110mm stem?

Gruntled Hintrap
Gruntled Hintrap
9 years ago

Yeah. That bike is not built for any of those disciplines, hahaha. Would it be so bad to just say you wanted to work with a friend that’s a framebuilder? That nonsense about heavy touring and bike packing is just lame.

JH
JH
9 years ago

Great looking paint job. I can see that bike doing all those things. Maybe some road riding, cyclocross, commuting… The great thing about bikes is- that with the right rider and some minor adjustments they can be used for a lot of different riding activities.

mike
mike
9 years ago

Maybe the bike is built for frame bags, you know, they type of touring bags that just about everyone in the last 5 years has used for off road tours. Why judge what you know nothing about?

Craig
Craig
9 years ago

Hey guys, look up Great Divide Race and see how many riders carry weeks worth of gear with frame bags, handlebar bags, and seatpost mounted bags. These days, touring does not necessarily mean panniers with all the great equipment options available. This looks like a cool bike, slightly more trail orientated than an XC bike. For me also that’s a good combination. @satisFACTORYrider, yes I can see your point, I often change over my 110mm stem when I encounter berms and steep drops on the trail. Every serious rider carries a few stems of different lengths in their hydration pack.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
9 years ago

Fair play. I forgot about frame bags and I’ve never done a loaded down tour ride. However, the article is still only about paint and discusses nothing about concept of this particular build. You can do all those things with off the rack rides. Oh, what a concept…

Tommyrod
Tommyrod
9 years ago

Goodness, what a tough crowd.

It’s a beautiful steel frame with an awesome (in my opinion) paint job.

And thanks, Craig, for pointing out that it is, in fact, possible to ride over technical terrain with a stem longer than one off a EWS bike.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
9 years ago

ofcourse it is tommyrod. we’ve all have been doing it since mt tam.

Sean
9 years ago

Thanks for posting Zach!

The thought here was to show people you can buy one bike and have it work for more than 1 task. I know its not revolutionary by any means but I didn’t see many stock options available, so I had Stinner build me one.

I looked at geometry’s for some of the bikes that people use for things like The Divide, all mountain hardtails & my fav xc bike etc and saw (what I hope to be) a sweet spot in the middle. The goal was for Aaron to build a bike that is capable of wearing multiple hats. Most people wouldn’t use the same bike for a two week packing trip (under load, built for touring on both road and dirt with long days in the saddle) and use the same bike to go out on a day trip to ride single track.

If quickly swapping a fork, (and maybe a stem and maybe even some platform pedals) means this bike is even a somewhat of a kick ass multipurpose bike, then I will be 100% happy.

Keep Shredding!

The stems on these bike are both 80mm… 🙂

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