Mavic’s K10 is not just a limited edition 10-year celebration of the Ksyrium, with just 1,000 units available worldwide, but hopes to open new doors into the realms of a complete wheel-tyre system with the aim of increasing performance.
The new K10 is the lightest Ksyrium available and features increased milling on the sidewalls of the rim to decrease weight, albeit by just 15g a pair but adds that little bit extra in the looks department, with the milled areas being left as raw aluminium. On the bike these wheels look great, with a stealth appearance, and the ride is very much like a high-end Ksyrium, being light, lively and responsive without feeling harsh.
Making these wheels unique, the specific Mavic K10 tyre (£45 each) is to keep Mavic’s lightest Ksyrium feeling that extra bit special. Mavic is new to the tyre market and using the same factory as Vittoria, has come to market with its own 290tpi dual compound tyre that tips the scales at just 450g per pair.
The front is 23mm wide and the rear is 25mm, giving a higher degree of comfort. Using Mavic’s GripLink compound, the tyre is positive with ample grip while remaining fast.
It was unfortunate that I punctured on the first outing but to be fair these tyres are best suited to summer conditions, not the gravel-strewn roads of Wales that I was riding on. The ProtekLink (anti-puncture) has since held up fine and if you did wish to switch to another tyre, there are no compatibility issues. The Ksyrium K10 has the same Ksyrium high quality ride we have come to expect from Mavic while opening a new door in wheel-tyres systems and has extra detailing to boot, although at an extra cost for this exclusivity.