I have an old cosmos that has been passed down through about every cyclist I know. I weigh in at about 240 Lbs and I have never had a problem with this wheel. I have ridden it for 3 years with two Western New York winters and they still spin forever. I know that my girlfriend rode them for 4 years before me and her ex for a few years before that. My best guess is that these wheels have 40-45K miles on them. I wish Mavic still made wheels like they used to!
Strengths: front wheel just keeps spinning, smooth, true - takes Illinois potholes (and my 185lb) with stride. and so is the rear. the only maintenance I did (after ~ 3000 - 4000 km) is adding few drops of oil into the freehub body (even cave man can service the thing, I used fork/shocks teflon oil 15wt) - rode my bike tonight enjoying the stealth/super quiet cruising, pure pleasure.
Weaknesses: no wear marker on the braking surface
not aero - this could be a plus in this windy part of the country
the price was right and the wheel did seem reliable - no fancy low spoke rims (just few less than standard 32, enough to lower the weight without affecting the strength), sealed bearings, welded, eyelets, Mavic - made in France
Favorite Ride: anywhere, preferably with the wind, no rain (or snow)
Purchased At: jenson or cambria
Similar Products Used: crossride, crossland on the mtb side, old wheels on my Cannondale R300 can't reallycompare - hate adjustable (cone) bearings (no matter what Shimano would claim)
Bike Setup: r300 frame with stock brakes, all else is a patchwork of things that were on sale/cheap but of adequate quality, I've been trying to convince myself to an upgrade but I like the ride more and more (especially with upgrades of these wheels, carbon fork forte axis, forte pro rs1 saddle, ascent carbon seatpost and nashbar's 10 speed shifters)
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2009
Weaknesses: rear is a hard ride for my 200 +/- size
Used to race, ride 5K per year Mass, NH, & Vt. These Cosmos clincher wheels came with Iron Horse Victory model bike '03. I'm either side of 200 lb., 6-2 with 15K on the front, trued once never broke a spoke. Bullet proof wheel, now own two Cosmos fronts. Rear has 5K on it, replaced one spoke, (hard to find in '04) Hard ride and use only for serious competitive rides for the stiffness. Prefer Elite Ksyrium rear as daily wheel. Don’t know why Mavic stopped making them.
Similar Products Used: hand built open pro's, cosmic Pro's, zipp 101's
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2008
Strengths: Super light commuter, strong enough for an urban beating (although I must admit the payload is only around 150 lbs+bike).
Weaknesses: Straight-pull spokes make truing difficult.
Picked these up for $100 on craigslist. I put them on my ancient 1971 fillet-brazed Schwinn Super Sport. Lightened it up to below 30 lbs, with kickstand, brooks and saddle bag etc. and they are pretty nice and fast. Running 32mm Conti Contacts, the ride is very smooth and I can drop off the occasional curb if I need to. They take a beating, but I'm worried I won't be able to true them up because the straight-pull spokes spin on the hub slots, but so far they're holding true.
I've got a Mavic Cosmos front wheel that has blown a spoke (inside rim, nipple-level, not the spoke itself). Can this be fixed, or must I scrap this precious wheel? (I love this wheelset). Is it worth fixing? What are the cost/benefits?
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I have an unused set of Mavic Cosmos Wheels, that I would like use on my Ritchey, which has a Dura Ace 11 spd derailleur and cassette.
I haven't tried, but I assume that the 11 speed derailleur will not shift properly on a 10 speed cassette.
Can I get an 11 speed cassette for the Cosmos?Read More »
We're making a family trip of the ragbrai (ride across Iowa) this summer, so I've pulled old bikes and wheels and such down from the rafters to get my kids set up. All going fine (and my 80s vintage Benotto was happy to get on the road again with my son riding it). But last weekend my son skidded ou ... Read More »
My old Cosmos wheels need to be serviced. It appears that I need a new freehub body. The wheels work fine, just got a little play. I got them on my 2001 Iron Horse Victory. This has been a great bike. Just used it on wknds when I wasn't mountain biking, so it was lightly used. The freehub has a litt ... Read More »