- - Mavic Shows-Off New Aluminum Allroad SL and Allroad S Wheelsets

Mavic Shows-Off New Aluminum Allroad SL and Allroad S Wheelsets

While the magical cloth we call carbon fiber continues to dominate the wheel segment these days, thanks to Mavic’s new Allroad S and Allroad SL wheels, a reasonably priced, durable set of hoops is now within the reach of most gravel cyclists and bikepackers.

Both wheelsets feature Mavic’s extruded “maxtal” aluminum rim design, while the wider 25mm internal hookless UST profile has been reshaped for easier tire installation. Moreover, the spoke nipples now thread directly into the rim wall, thus eliminating the need for tubeless tape to seal tires. Better still, the French brand says the construction results in a 20 to 30-gram weight reduction.

Elsewhere, the wheelsets are treated to Mavic’s latest Infinity center-lock aluminum hubs that are compatible with Shimano, SRAM XD-R and Campagnolo Ekar free-hubs. Stiffness, durability and engagement are also bolstered thanks to the company’s latest Instant Drive 360 freewheels, while the standard 12mm thru-axle can be converted to QR or even a 15mm up front.

So what differentiates the wheelsets?

The more costly Allroad SL gets Mavic’s ISM 4D machining to save weight, as well as elliptical aero spokes, while the Allroad S is fitted with simple, flat aero spokes. Yet, both feature 24 straight-pull double-butted spokes front and rear.

The Allroad S sells for $550.00, while the Allroad SL fetches $889.00, which tip the scales at 1790 grams and 1655 grams, respectively. 







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