Mavic All­Road Pro UST Disc

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THE THREE YEARS SINCE THE Ksyrium All­road Pro wheels launched have not only seen rapid growth in the gravel/ad­ven­ture bike sec­tor, but also in the width of rims de­signed for it – as re­flected in this up­dated ver­sion of Mavic’s all-ter­rain wheelset.

The All­road Pro ar­rived in 2015 com­pat­i­ble with tube­less tyres but sport­ing a ‘nar­row’ in­ter­nal rim width of 19mm. That’s now swollen to 22mm to pro­vide a more open tyre pro­file that’s bet­ter suited to lower pres­sures and higher traction. (Mavic rec­om­mends us­ing this wheelset with 28-62mm wide tyres.)

The up­dated al­loy rims also ben­e­fit from Mavic’s in­ter spoke milling process, which re­moves ex­cess ma­te­rial from be­tween the spokes and leads to a rim height that varies sub­tly from 21mm to 22mm. The Ksyrium range’s sig­na­ture un­drilled rim beds also means there’s no need for rim tape, whether you de­cide to run them with in­ner tubes or not.

Both hubs take cen­tre­lock ro­tors but the front hub has a car­bon-fi­bre body, whereas the rear is an all-al­loy af­fair that uses Mavic’s ‘In­stant Drive 360’, 9° en­gage­ment free­wheel. The test wheels came with 12mm thru-axles but quick­re­lease skew­ers and end caps are sup­plied, as are UST (uni­ver­sal stan­dard tube­less) valves, sealant and a sy­ringe. The front hub can also be eas­ily con­verted to take a 15mm axle. With the 12mm thru-axle end caps and valves, the wheelset weighs 1671g – im­pres­sively close to the pre­vi­ous, nar­rower ver­sion’s 1650g.

Fit­ting Mavic’s Yk­sion Elite All­road UST tube­less tyres (also sup­plied with the wheels) adds a fur­ther 932g. They seated eas­ily but al­lowed sealant to seep out for around half an hour af­ter the ini­tial in­fla­tion and lost air over the fol­low­ing cou­ple of days. A re-in­fla­tion and a quick ride solved both is­sues.

While not feath­ery light, this wheelset feels ef­fi­cient, re­spon­sive and tough enough to han­dle a beat­ing. The tyres are es­sen­tially slick but with channels cut into the deep rub­ber to cre­ate large, sup­ple tread blocks that do a good job of cling­ing to loose gravel, rocks and shal­low mud.

Ex­tended, multi-ter­rain rides are this wheelsets’ nat­u­ral ter­ri­tory, where its good road speed en­sures quick progress be­tween ex­cur­sions off the beaten track. It’s also per­fectly ca­pa­ble of han­dling the ac­cel­er­a­tions and tech­ni­cal rid­ing of cy­clo-cross events. All told it’s a ver­sa­tile pack­age that’s pretty good value too.

WE SAY Mavic’s up­dates make these wheels tough, taut and all­ter­rain ca­pa­ble

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