Mavic CXR Ultimate cycling shoes review

With their innovative design, the Mavic CXR Ultimates certainly attract plenty of attention, but are the aeroynamic benefits really worth it...

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Stiff, supportive, and with plenty of adjustments, the Mavic CXR Ultimate shoes perform well, but are slightly impractical and difficult to live with.

Reasons to buy
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    Carbon sole provides an exceptionally stiff platform

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    Supportive heel

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    Double Boa dial offer plenty of adjustability

Reasons to avoid
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    Difficult to clean

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    Hard to adjust mid-ride

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    Concerns about durability

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Mavic’s CXR Ultimate road shoe is a unique piece of kit among the competition — a road shoe with an integrated aerodynamic flap. The cover combines a tough but smooth bonded upper with a thinner fabric, which should allow some heat to escape. However, this got dirty and the fabric got pulled, all within the first test ride, so keeping the shoes at their best long-term could be a worry.

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