Mavic CXR80 review

Mavic CXR80
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Rigidity is plenty good enough, aerodynamics class-leading and the whole package so innovative it's off the scale. There are a couple of downsides: the wheel balancing is off meaning the rear bounces at high speed and braking leaves plenty to be desired. All the same, these aren't deal breakers for these superb, expensive wheels.

Reasons to buy
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Reasons to avoid
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    Lack of braking power

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    High speed bounce (rear wheel)

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Comprising tyre, fairing blade, rim, spokes, hub and quick-release, Mavic's CXR80s are the next step in the wheel. As a rival manufacturer told us, "the tyre is good, the clip-on strip (blade) is good and the wheel is good - altogether though they are superb."

Utilising the current wide-rim thinking, Mavic has looked at the whole wheel as one, meaning each element works beautifully with the others. Since we already covered much of the technology of the CXR in the June 21 launch issue it's best if we stick to the ride characteristics here.

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