Strengths: Light weight, multiple shifter positions, it isn't Shimano. I purchased the version with the shifter button that has a couple of feet of wire. it allows me to have a shifter on the left handlebar just under my hand. Has a massive "gee-whiz" factor when seen by geeks not in the know. The lever travel for the brakes is fine for my old school Campy Deltas. The QR for the brakes is the silver button on the leading edge of the lever. It is easy to open the QR and doesn't close after the brakes are applied. The hood shape is good for climbing position and for a semi-aerobar position the shifter button on the horn of the brake is perfect. Front shifter throw is easy and nonindexed. Tuning for chain rub is fast and easy.
Weaknesses: The electronics make me wonder. I had the original head/transmitter take a crap after I nailed a pothole. Fortunately I was only a few blocks from the shop and they replaced it on the spot. That head/transmitter has worked reliably ever since. I did need to replace the batteries on the head, wheel sensor & deraileur this spring. Great operation ever since. When climbing my index or middle finger sometimes will bump the shifter button on the backside of the brake lever. This results in an up-shift (harder gear) which is the last thing I need on a hill.
It works fine. It is disheartening that Mavic quit distributing the system and I'd be curious to here why various teams in europe wouldn't go with it. I pull my daughter in a trailer 4 times a week for a total of ~100 miles a week and with the extra 80lbs plus my 180lbs it hasn't missed a shift. Even under maximum pedal/chain stress of climbing an 8% grade it still shifts to a 25 tooth cog.
Strengths: Location of shifting buttons, aero levers for multiple hand positions, look great, eliminates cable down the side of the bike, friction shift for front der. is great
Weaknesses: Erratic shifting on bumps, cyclocomputer sucks, extra weight
They're a great conversation piece, work well even in the rain- EXCEPT- Sometimes I get downshifts if I hit a bump, it has to be a pretty good shock, but it does what I call, "Ghost shifting". On one occasion I hit a bump (joint on an overpass) and it shifted into my 12 tooth cog and it took over 2 minutes before I could get it to shift out. THAT SUCKED! If I raced I wouldnt use 'em, if I had to buy them new I'd say forget it, I trades someone for mine. Also, the computer functions sucked- I went back to my avocet 45tt after 2 rides. Bottom line- if they can fix the erratic shifting, they'd be great- otherwise stick w/ the cheaper stuff.
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 »