Mavic Cosmic Ultimate shoe review

High-zoot carbon soled road shoe ticks all the right boxes

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Venting on these shoes is also terrific. The thin, bonded mesh material on the upper and sole keep air moving.

Venting on these shoes is terrific. The thin, bonded mesh material on the upper and sole keep air moving (click to enlarge). Photo by Brian Hodes

Lowdown: Mavic Cosmic Ultimate Shoe

Key criteria for a high end road cycling shoe? Low weight, stiff sole, ease of adjustment, secure fit — and of course comfort and good looks. The premium priced Mavic Cosmic Ultimate gets high marks across the board — especially if you like bright yellow. Find out more in our full review below.

Stat Box
Upper material: Energy frame carbon Cleat compatibility: 3-hole road
Sole: Energy full carbon SLR Weight: 263 grams per shoe (size 44)
Footbed: Ergo Fit 3D+ Ortholite Colors: yellow/black, white/black
Sole thickness: 5.5mm MSRP: $400
Upper: Ergo 3D tongue Rating: 4 Stars 4 out of 5 stars
Closure: Ergo Dial lacing system

Pluses
Minuses
  • Low weight
  • Sole scuffs easily
  • Very stiff
  • Hard to clean upper
  • Thin sole
  • Some dial function degradation
  • Great venting
  • Very expensive
  • Solid heel hold
  • Color, if you don’t like bright yellow
  • Energy frame upper
  • Micro-adjust dials
  • Cleat position indicators
  • Durable tread
  • Decent arch support
  • Color, if you like bright yellow

Review: Mavic Cosmic Ultimate Shoe

Without reading another word, some of you will be turned away (or at least turned off) by the price of these shoes. Four hundred dollars is a lot of money. It’s also right in line with top tier offerings from the likes of Specialized and Bontrager. And a recent internet search turned up pairs of these Mavic shoes marked down to $300 — which is still a lot of money.

Weight for a size 44 is 263 grams per shoe, which is just 3 grams more than the same size Bontrager XXX road shoe I tested last summer.

Weight for a size 44 is 263 grams per shoe (click to enlarge).

I won’t try to make an argument one way or the other as to if they’re worth that. That depends far more on your tax bracket than my humble opinion. What I can say is that the Mavic Cosmic Ultimate shoe ticks the right boxes required for inclusion in this high-zoot road shoe conversation.

Continue to page 2 for more of our Mavic Cosmic Ultimate shoe review

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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