Have bought these to replace a 10 y.o. set of Askium Race wheels which were original equipment on the bike. The Askium's have been an excellent wheelset, still true and smooth bearings after 30k km's. So keen to stick with Mavic. The Askium Race have moved to another bike where they were a big improvement.
By contrast, the Ksyrium Elite felt no different to the Askium's which was surprising considering a total wheel and tyre weight advantage of around 700grams. Average speed and trip times have been similar for set rides. Perhaps a small improvement over small bumps but no different over larger bumps, the Askium's were shod with 28mm GP 4000's. Not a criticism, just the Askium's were obviously very good .
I removed and refitted the front tyre to check the claim of tool free fitting. I used the supplied levers to start and finish the job, it makes it easier so no big deal. They are certainly tighter than the average folding bead tyre I'm used to. There are some good Mavic and You Tube video's about this wheelset regarding fitting and puncture testing that are worth watching. Also there is a reveiw of the 2018 tyres compared to earlier versions. The 2018 tyres are made by Hutchison and supposedly more grippy than the versions which were made in Taiwan and widely panned for being deadly in the wet.
The tyres are specifically measured to fit the rims perfectly so fitting is easy and inflation only requires a floor pump. I might add the fitting on one of my floor pumps wouldn't hold the valve when inflating, fortunately the 2nd was okay. I haven't seen the tyres for sale separately though they may be available later.
Recommended tyre pressure is 80psi and is heaps for average riders, and will require topping up before riding, no big pressure loss though. I'd certainly buy these again, definitely a quality and durable wheel and tyre set. Might not be the fastest but for lots of climbing and fast descents they are ideal.
I trashed my Fulcrum Racing 1 clinchers (...front wheel hit a rather large rock) and was tossing up between these and Fulcrum Racing Zeros. I took the 'cost effective' option, which proved to be a good call.
Have done about 200-300km (with lots of climbing) and these Ksyrium Elites feel just as good as the Racing 1's (..and much cheaper).
Have never had tubeless, so didn't know what to expect, but Mavic's UST tubeless system was a breeze to set up. Having fitted the cassette it took literally minutes to add the sealant, pump up the tyres (with a standard track pump) and get them on the bike. I would, however, strongly recommend you check the pressure before each ride -- it's a small price to pay for what are very good wheels.
Would highly recommend them to anyone looking to upgrade to or replace wheels similar to the Racing 1s, and especially if you're thinking of going tubeless...And did I mention the price??
Hubs spin quiet and true, and the braking surface is nicely machined. Good replacement wheelset for my older Ksyrium SC rims that I rode for many years.
Very pleased with the Ksyriums. An updgrade from a PR2 Giant wheelset on a 2014 Giant Defy. Noticed higher velocity on non-pedaling descents. Setup was very easy without any issues. Only tip is to allow some of the sealant fluid to move to different parts of the wheel before removing the syringe from the presta valve or else you may get some of the fluid burping out of the valve when removing the syringe.
Mr K Setshogoe
Awesome set of wheels. I bought these as a replacement for a accident damaged pair that I bought in March this year. Really a good set of wheels
Beautifully made and comes with the tyres already fitted and all the other parts you need to get them set up and ready to ride in a jiffy.
These are actually lighter than the carbon wheels they`ve replaced. So comfortable too and now some riding buddies are considering these wheels for themselves.
Process from start to finish with Merlin was flawless and the price was super cheap. Done deal.
Have been on these wheels for a few weeks now and can honestly say they are seriously fast for what is certainly not a high end price tag. On the flat they roll very well letting you hold your speed in the bunch easily but in the hills they come into their own especially the technical descents where they are sure footed and corner beautifully. Highly recommend.
Excellent wheels, they feel smooth as silk on the road, and I love the tubeless design! They even came with tubeless tires on them!
Followed the Mavic instructions regarding filling the sealant and inflation. What a sensation! Smooth fast rolling absolutely brilliant superb wheelset and tyres.
I have had nothing but problems with another brand of UST wheels and I decided that I couldn't deal with them anymore so I replaced them for these Mavics and they are ace, no issues with tyres seating or the air leaking out past the rim tape!!! I should have done this a long time ago, they are great wheels, roll well and they a made so well and delivery was brill, well packed and swift! Cant fault you merlin cycles at all, Happy days!
The wheels turned up in perfect condition and were ready to go with a little air and install of the cassette. It could all be in my head (but according to my Garmin too) but I am finding the wheels have improved my overall performance on the flats and in the hills. As a heavier class rider (>95kg) I'm finding these very comfortable and are running at lower pressure than I would normally. To date, no problems with the wheels at all and with the Mavic tyres fitted I've had no flats. Overall, very happy with the price and quality of these wheels.
Paul, Sydney Australia
I love these wheels. I have recommended these to so many of my friends
Best price on this wheelset by a long shot. I thought I was missing a spacer and contacted Merlin Cycles and I received an answer within a day.
As for the wheelset I am very happy with how they are performing. They were a significant upgrade from my stock parts on my caad9. I'm a pretty big guy at 220lbs and these have definitely helped with the comfort of my ride. The combination of wider rims and tires do seem to glide better too. I'm looking forward to many miles on these.
I received these wheels and promptly added the Mavic sealant and then inflated the tires to 100psi. The whole process was very quick and easy. The only small issue, was some of the black spoke paint was "rubbed off" possibly in transit. Overall these are great wheels highly recommended.
Only been out three times, but you hardly notice you are at a lower presure. Quick up hills and seem to be able to carry more speed out of the corners.Very easy to set up and put the sealant in. These could be the future.
I am loving these wheels so far. The setup was easy out of the box. Just add sealant and repump tires and you are set. On the road the wheels roll smoothly.
Awesome! Totally awesome! These wheels are exactly what I expected from Mavic. I've taken them up and down hills, on and off road. They were easy to set up, just put in the goo and pump them up, no compressor required.
Superkalfrigenawesome! Great tubeless system. Quicker than my 23s and a lot smoother ride.