Weaknesses: Mavic may have thrown them under the bus. Bad mistake!
Light, good looking, powerful and reliable, the Mavic SSC can't be beat. Best bang for the buck. I have had these brakes (same set) on a couple of bikes that I built up. The set is on my Pedal Force RS2 now. These are the Open Pros of brakes. Is Mavis still making these brakes?
Strengths: -Dig the color and little cheap yellow decal.
-Hold their adjustment like a champ.
-Stop on a dime unlike my old Cuda.
-Inclement weather? What inclement weather?
-I honestly appreciate and respect a product these days.
Weaknesses: -Yeah, not as light as the cheaper single pull Cane Creek 200sl's but ever try stopping with those? Holy cow did I hit the clutch instead of the brakes?
-Would be nice if you could say "made in France"...but you can't.
-Hardware, Ti maybe? I'm really forcing it.
Purchased used with used pads. Even with the used pads they are far superior to the Ultegra I transformed from. My all steel Fausto Coppi ain't the lightest beast on the tarmac but I converted everything to Record for vanity/heritage reasons, save for these brake calipers. Like everyone else has stated - lighter than normal record and dura ace, (not that that fits my interest overall), but kill DA and Record in performance, even with used pads (kool stops coming). I'm not a light cat at 6'4" 235, my big ass needs to come to a halt and these recognize that issue 100%. Two days ago I took a decent at my max. speed ever; 48.6 mph and low and behold there's a freekin squirrel that jumps into but not over my path of all days. S#*& you not these things slowed me brisk enough to control my way around this blocker in no time flat. If you can find them, get 'em, should satisfy everyone except maybe the shooting for sub 15 pound group. Cheers to the SSC's!
Strengths: Powerful, very stiff, easy to fit, first time perfect alignment with rims, light enough for all but the sick of mind. Very good deal at $110/ £70
Weaknesses: Ensure power is applied progressively to the back brake to avoid wheel locking...but you do have to apply power very sharply for this to occur. In normal circumstances this is not a problem.
Superbly finished calipers. Extremely smooth in use, with great feel. Buckets more progressive power than Campag Skeleton brakes. Compact and a snap to fit.
Strengths: Lightweight for a dual pivot caliper
-Fast, smooth, safe stopping power
-Accepts standard brake pads
-Far cheaper than Campagnolo with better performance
-Easy and stable adjustment
-great aesthetic look
All I can say is WOW. These blow away the Shimano, Campagnolo, and Spidel brakes I've used in the past. Rapid, effective stopping power w/o dangerous skidding. It's almost like having antilock brakes! I've never had such perfect stopping power in a caliper before! If you're like me and ride fast on steep hills, this is the brake for safe and effective stopping power.
Bike Setup: 1987 vintage Vitus 979 bonded aluminum frame
Cane Creek SCR-5C compact aero levers
Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow saddle
Shimano Sora front derailleur
Shimano Tiagra Triple chainring
Mavic Open Pro rim
Nashbar 7 spd. Huge Gear 12-34 freewheel
Shimano Tourney Megarange rear derailleur
Mavic SSC dual-pivot caliper brakes
Strengths: stopping power
Weaknesses: competitively priced, but that does not mean cheap
if you wanted to cut grams anywhere possible, you could find lighter brakes
When looking to make the switch from Shimano to Campy, I knew that I wanted these brakes. I ride for recreation, but I also ride for transport, and in busy traffic knowing you can stop on a dime gives me confidence and keeps me alive. They still amaze me everytime. I pull on the levers, and I cannot believe how fast i come to a stop. Modulation is great, weight is very competitive, and braking power is tops. could not be happier
Hi All, I have a pair of mavic carbone SSC from 2003. Some water was getting into the inner rim and I removed the rim tape to check the eyelets also. I found some early stage alloy corrosion around the eyelets. A bit of light scraping removed the powdery buildup. The eyes and spokes themselves are p ... Read More »
Anyone ridden both of these and have any feedback, comparisons or reviews?
Rode the SSC front and rear last year. Great tires, but the front was a little sketchy at times. I wonder if the Grippo would make a better front tire? I'm happy with the SSC as a rear tire, but maybe the Grippo rolls eve ... Read More »
I know a guy who is selling a used Mavic Ksyrium Ssc Sl wheelset. How do I know if it is a good wheelset to purchase.? He is asking $250 and says it is in very good condition. It also comes with hubs and skewers along with Continental Grand Prix tires. I have not yet seen this wheelset, but befo ... Read More »
Hello, I am thinking about getting a mavic R-sys SLR but many of my friends didnt recommend taking that path.
They suggested SSC needs more maintenance than many of its competitors do(rather supplementary, i think)
So other than shorter warraty, whats the difference?
does it need be taken care of m ... Read More »
I have an original Mavic Ksyrium SSC wheelset (ca. 2001) that came with the used bike I picked up awhile back. I've put about 2,500 miles on it, and it is a solid wheelset. I'm thinking about replacing them with another alloy clincher set, though, for two reasons, and I'm looking for advice.
First, ... Read More »