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Mavic goes wide and deep to make a tubular wheel that will kill it in time trials and flatter road races. The Mavic CXR Ultimate 80 T set is 27mm wide at the brake track and 80mm deep to the spokes to give you aerodynamics that closes in on disc wheel performance without the weight or crosswind liabilities.

The rim itself is carbon-fiber, made of 3K cloth. The shape is broad and more blunt than the typical NACA airfoil, an effort to maximize crosswind stability while still being fast in straight-on headwinds and offering lower rolling resistance. Mavic includes CX01 blades, a fairing that snaps on between the rims and the sidewalls of the included Mavic CXR tires, the 23mm GripLink in front, and the 23mm PowerLink in the rear. You don’t have to install the blades, but they do smooth out airflow between the wheel and tire, and benefit you more than the added weight they provide.

Mavic builds these wheels with external spoke nipples. With tubulars, race mechanics wanted the ability to true without having to remove the tire, and Mavic agreed. The spokes are bladed stainless steel and are laced to Mavic hubs that could fairly be called “aero.” They’re a minimal design, with center tubes only as wide as necessary to clear the axle and the shortest possible flanges in order to cheat the wind. Likewise, Mavic cheats the scale by building these hubs with carbon center tubes and aluminum flanges.

Weight for the set is 1630g without tires. That works out to 725g for the front and 905g for the rear. The tires weigh 230g apiece. There are versions for Campagnolo and SRAM/Shimano, and each comes with the relevant pad shape. The rear hub can be converted to work with a Mavic-made XD-R compatible cassette body, sold separately.

Mavic has a warranty program, Mavic Care, which can come in handy if crashing does in your Mavic wheel. Register for free on their website, and you get 40% off the purchase of new product for up to three years. Make sure you keep receipts

The Mavic CXR Ultimate 80 T tubular wheel comes with a multi-function wrench, CXR-specific brake pads, valve extender, tire, BR601 quick release, blade, and tire. The pads use SwissStop’s Yellow King compound, but the shape is unique to Mavic.

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