Mavic R-Sys SLR wheels review

Probably the best looking wheels you can buy, can the Mavic R-Sys SLR live up to expectations?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Mavic R-Sys SLR wheels stunning-looking wheels offer good stiffness, come pre-fitted with tyres, are lightweight, and also offer class-leading braking.

Reasons to buy
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    Exceptional braking power

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    Stunning good looks

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    Respectably light weight

Reasons to avoid
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    Brakes take a while to bed in

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    Slight lateral flex when sprinting hard

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We found the Mavic R-Sys SLR wheels to be slightly heavier than the claimed weight of 1,295g a pair, although not by much, when weighed on the Cycling Weekly scales. These wheels score highly in the looks department, with black rims complemented by carbon spokes and charcoal hubs. However, the colour did mean they were often mistaken as being made from carbon, not alloy.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.