Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL wheelsets - clincher

4.26/5 (212 Reviews)
MSRP : $850.00

Product Description

  • UB Control braking surface
  • Integrated freewheel hub with FTS-L system
  • Adjustable, removable, sealed cartridge bearings QRM.
  • Aerodynamic Zycral straight pull spokes with integrated auto-lock aluminum nipples and anti-rotation system.
  • 18 front spokes, 20 rear spokes.
  • Radial front spokes, Isopulse rear spokes.
  • Weight:
     ø 700 clincher: Front 690g / Rear 840g M10.
     ø 700 tubular: Front 680g / Rear 830g.

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Darren Dutton a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 15, 2014

    Strengths:    Durable, reasonably light, low maintenance

    Weaknesses:    Probably not the most supple wheel out there.

    Bottom Line:   
    The last two reviews from Jordan and Thunders prompted me to offer my 2 cents. I have to agree with Jordan in that Thunders doesn't have a clue. I've been riding a set of SSC SLs for at least twelve years. Bottom line is they been virtually bombproof. I've had to have them trued one time, otherwise they have been great wheels. Arguably I don't have a lot to compare them to, but in my opinion (if the quality remains the same) these are a great all around wheel set for the $$$. Good climbers and reasonably aero I ride in a lot of windy conditions & thus far have never found myself in the ditch due to the bladed spokes catching the wind. I recently bought a set of Reynolds Assault carbon aero wheels and they catch much more crosswinds than the Mavic SSC SLs. Also was very disappointed to have a spoke break after less than 500 miles on the Reynolds. Back to the Mavics - for $$$ you can't go wrong. Great all around wheel set which at least for me have lasted for years!

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    Favorite Ride:   the last one

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Similar Products Used:   Reynolds Assault

    Bike Setup:   Cervelo R5, SRAM Red

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jordan

    Date Reviewed: May 22, 2014

    Strengths:    Don't know.

    Weaknesses:    Don't know.

    Bottom Line:   
    I haven't ridden these wheels, but I'm writing to discredit John Thunders' review from March 24, 2014 because it's asinine.

    A 1500g clincher is reasonably light and certainly is not the threshold for a heavy wheel. Sure, the claimed 1510g for the Ksyrium SSC SL is not Super Light as the SL would imply, but it's more or less on par with wheels at its price point.

    And the claim that you can build your own 900g wheelset? Lunacy! You're looking at roughly 375g per rim (Stan's), plus about 300g total for the American Classic hubs, plus 4.25g a piece for Sapim's CX. Even if you only lace 18 front and 20 rear, that's still another 161g. That gives you an 1211g wheel. Really light, but nowhere near 900g. Don't get me started on that $500 estimate either, which is off my several hundred plus labor.

    And don't worry about "end-up"ing in a ditch. Bladed spokes are barely noticeable.

    In short, John Thunders is an idiot.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by John Thunders

    Date Reviewed: March 24, 2014

    Strengths:    They are strong and that's about as far as their strengths go.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy .Any wheelset that's 1500 + grams is heavy. They are made that way to avoid collapsing under the weight of 200 lb riders. It's all about liability. If you want light wheels (900 gram total) then build your own.
    American Classic hubs, Sapim cx-ray spokes and Chinese rims. There you have it all for about $500.

    Bottom Line:   
    Fine if you ride weekends on a calm day. When these wheels with their wide spokes get rolling it's like riding a solid wheel. Expect to end-up in a ditch somewhere.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by dhtucker4 a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: August 21, 2011

    Strengths:    Light, never go out of true, meant for great tires, no need for rim tape, very strong.

    Weaknesses:    Adjustable bearings in the rear, Zicral spokes need a Mavic-made spoke key, and Mavic hubs.

    Bottom Line:   
    Bombproof wheels. 'Nuff said. I find that the Zicral spokes are not as bad as having a high-profile wheelset, no trouble with crosswinds. Potholes, etc. - these wheels shrug them off and keep on truckin'. Some people in my riding group have the same wheelset and said they are too harsh or too stiff.

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    Favorite Ride:   Shiner Bash

    Purchased At:   given

    Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Pro wheels, Coda wheels, Velocity Aerohead wheels, Easton Vista wheels.

    Bike Setup:   Manhattan Project, 10-speed Chorus gruppo, Zipp crankset and bottom bracket, Vittoria Open Corsa 700X25 (rear) and Diamante Pro 700X23 (front), Thomson seatpost, Flite TransAm saddle, Deda shallow drop classic.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Wayne Martinez a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: July 8, 2011

    Strengths:    Never had to true. Never dented on severe hits. Tubeless without tape.

    Weaknesses:    The aerodynamic spokes are affected by cross winds. For truth in advertizing, I have never used high profile rims. Due to high wind along Turnagain Arm,(30 to 55mph), standard rims are scary enough. Downhill descents in high winds seem to affect all wheels I've been on, but these hold the line at at higher speeds.

    Bottom Line:   
    Have been through multiple light weight weight wheel sets over the past 30 years and unless you weigh less than 160lbs. you can't beat these wheels. They will handle any weight division, from fly weight to sumo. They have stayed true after multiple misjudged jumps and potholes on nasty Alaskan roads. On top of that, tack on some tubeless tires without having to add tape, and you have wheels that will go for seasons without a flat. How many races have been lost due to a flat?

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    Favorite Ride:   Turnagain Pass

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Dept.

    Similar Products Used:   American Classic, nothing spins longer,but made for lightweights. Durace 7800s, they spin almost as long, but are 9 speed. Rolf, which I traded for the Ksyriums.

    Bike Setup:   Parlee Z4, Durace 7900 Frt and 7800 long cage rear Deraileur, Durace 7800 brake /shifters, FSA cranks/Rotor Rings, Speedplay Ti pedals, Brooks Special Black Saddle-the most comfortable saddle in the world. Thompson Masterpiece black seat post. 3T Team Stem and Bars. Blackburn carbon fiber bottle cages. OK, do I qualify as a bike snob?

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