ROLLING OUT THE YEL­LOW CAR­PET

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There isn’t a wheelset with a more pres­ti­gious his­tory in down­hill racing than the Mavic Deemax. The iconic yel­low hoops have been rid­den to vic­tory by many of the sport’s top names, in­clud­ing Troy Bros­nan, who this year won his sec­ond World Cup on a set of the 2018 wheels. These have un­der­gone a few changes, start­ing with an in­crease in in­ter­nal rim width from 21mm to 28mm. This is still quite con­ser­va­tive, but Mavic aren’t be­liev­ers in the ‘wider is bet­ter’ trend and reck­ons this width gives the best bal­ance of ride qual­ity and tyre choice.

The new asym­met­ric rim pro­file gives more even spoke ten­sion on the rear wheel, in­creas­ing lat­eral sti ness and, Mavic say, de­liv­er­ing more pre­dictable han­dling. Fol­low­ing the lead of the Deemax Pro en­duro wheelset re­leased ear­lier in the year, the DH rim now has a hook­less pro­file, with ver­ti­cal side­walls for ex­tra strength.

Many fea­tures of the old Deemax have been car­ried over, such as Mavic’s weight­sav­ing ‘ISM’ ma­chin­ing and the large-di­am­e­ter spoke nip­ples that screw into the outer rim sur­face, mean­ing that no rim tape is re­quired. The hubs re­main pretty much un­changed, apart from a re­duc­tion in spoke count from 32 to 28 on the rear. This and the new rim de­sign mean a weight sav­ing of around 70g over last year’s wheels. Mavic aren’t o er­ing a 29in op­tion just yet, but we hear that some­thing may be in the pipe­line.

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