On Test: Mavic Triple Play- by Grannygear
After our meeting at Interbike with Zach Vestal, marketing wizard at Mavic, we requested a sampler plate of products to get out and get dirty on or in, as the case may be. We are sampling a wheel/tire system, a pair of MTB shoes, and a helmet. Mavic offers a very broad array of gear from hardware to technical clothing for both road and MTB so choosing what to review was a daunting task. We figured that telling Zach “one of each” would not fly, so we slimmed it down to these three items for now. None of the items are tippy top-flite, hardcore racer stuff. We like to get onto more affordable products as well as the nose bleed gear as we all have bills to pay outside of bike related purchases. So on test are the following:
The Drift shoe is said to be designed to keep you “warm and dry on even the coldest trails”. Well, you already know that these have to go to Guitar Ted as Fall/Winter is fast descending on the Midwest. In SO Cal we ride all winter in sandals. I swear. Cross my heart.
The Syncro helmet is just below midlevel in the XC/Road category of Mavic helmets, that being under the two Plasma models and above the Espoir. It had something that caught my eye in that they advertise it as being applicable to road or XC with a removable visor (with plugs for the mounting holes). Now that may be done all the time by other helmet makers but I cannot recall reading that. If you have both kinds of bikes and a budget for one, good helmet, this makes a lot of sense.
The Crossroc WTS wheel and tire system is at the low end of the line in the MTB group of wheels. Spokes are steel but bladed and butted straight pull, and weight is in the 1750g range per pair. They are matched with the Crossroc Roam tire right from the get-go, that being a part of Mavic’s “MTB Wheel Tyre System”. OK, even if they do not know how to spell the word ‘tire’, it is an interesting concept and one that makes sense for road bikes looking to get all aero, such as is shown in Mavic’s Hyper Aero line of top end road wheels. But it also is being applied to MTB wheels/tires such as the Crossmax Enduro and this Crossroc, not for aerodynamics, but for ensuring that the entire system works as intended. We shall see.
Stay tuned as we get these products out of the bright Mavic-yellow boxes and go riding.
Note: Mavic provided the items for this test/review at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches. We are not being bribed nor paid for this review. We will strive to be honest with our thoughts and opinions throughout.