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Mavic Ksyrium SLS 23 WTS Wheelset 2013

Item #: WH243B10
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Mavic Ksyrium SLS 23 WTS Wheelset 2013

Mavic Ksyrium SLS 23 WTS Wheelset 2013

Ksyrium has always been synonymous with great overall performance and exceptional reliability. Featuring Mavic’s latest technologies together with their new extra light Yksion Pro tire, the Kysrium SLS is light yet stiff, allowing you to climb and ascend with full control. Instead of being drilled, the lower rim bridge is pushed on the inside and then threaded to enable the spoke nipples to be directly screwed in it, leaving the upper rim bridge intact. This adds a 20% increase in rigidity and works, along with the Grip/Power Link technology found in the Yksion Pro tire, to improve energy transfer. As a wheel/tire system, the Ksyrium SLS and the Yksion Pro tire have been designed to work to together to maximize performance and aerodynamics in a variety of conditions.
  • 700c wheelset
  • Maxtal aluminum construction
  • Carbon Fiber front hub
  • Straight pull spokes
  • Bladed Zicral aluminum
  • Includes Yksion Pro tires
  • QR Skewers included
  • Weight: 900g front, 1110g rear
4.4 / 5.0
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Decent performers but with questions
This is the first new wheelset that I have purchased since 2001. My primary wheelset has been the original Ksyriums that came out in the late 1990's. I have raced on them and beaten them senseless on bad roads and during winters without issue. These wheels are stiff and provide great power transfer. They have been the best factory built wheel ever produced, in terms of my needs.

I purchased the SLS 2013 model in April hoping that this set would be equally durable.

I have been happy with the performance of the SLS set. They are light and roll very smoothly. They "feel" faster but I can't prove this - it's just my perception. The spokes on the SLS are thinner than the original model, which makes for lighter wheels and less wind resistance, but at the cost of stiffness and perhaps durability.

The issue is that I have broken 2 spokes inside of a month on the front wheel, both times about an hour from home. The wheel was sturdy enough for me to ride carefully home at 17-23mph, with the brake calipers wide open/pads removed.

The first break occurred on a long, slow climb, and I was seated and just started to stand when it blew. The second time was in a fast paceline while riding tempo. I hit a small bump (that everyone else hit too) due to an asphalt patch that was covering a pothole and it popped.

I have never broken a spoke on a front wheel, much less twice. All of my previous breaks have come on rear wheels, and I haven't had one in at least 15 years.

On the first breakage, my local shop replaced the spoke via warranty. On the second, Mavic requested that the wheel be sent to them directly, where it now awaits evaluation and rebuilding. I am hoping after rebuilding that the wheel will be trouble-free.

PROS: Attractive Design, Lightweight, Great Skewers, Smooth Bearings

CONS: Durability

BEST USES: Racing, Road Biking
June 28, 2013
Plainfield, IN
Great Climbers
Had these wheels for a few months now and enjoying them. The look great on my bike, and I can definitely feel the difference when climbing and accelerating. For what it's worth, my times on local climbs have improved since putting them on. Ditched the stock Mavic tires and put on a set of Conti Grand Prix 4000s which made for a better feel on the road. The only downsides I've noticed are that the bladed spokes seem to be affected by side-winds more than other wheels with bladed spokes that I've ridden. On a long semi-windy descents I get blown all over the road. I've also noticed a little wobble in the front wheel when descending over 35 mph - am playing around with the hub tightness and headset to see if I can fix it, but haven't had this problem with my other front wheels.

PROS: Lightweight, Easy To Install, Attractive Design
May 25, 2014
Seattle, WA
Bullet Proof Wheelset
I use them all the time. (2500 miles last year) Raining or not. These wheels are just fantastic. You won't have to worry. I have had some rough use/abuse and had no damage and it is remarkable that no matter what, they just stay true. Straight as an arrow. It is nice not to have to worry and just enjoy the ride no matter how rough it may get. They seem very fast as I always have to hold the brake if I don't want to pass people on the downhill. (might be my weight) They are precise and I always feel in complete control with the road. Enjoy them!

PROS: Lightweight, Attractive Design, Stays True, Durable, Bullet Proof


BEST USES: Road Biking, Casual Riding, Upgrade, Racing
June 29, 2013
Conyers, GA
Best upgrade for my road bike by far!!
Accelerates fast and provides exemplary performance and stiffness.

PROS: Durable, Lightweight, Attractive Design, Easy To Install

BEST USES: Upgrade, Racing, Road Biking
September 7, 2014
Excellent wheelset upgrade
Much needed upgrade for climbing hills. When I tested these it about doubled my climbing speeds in my regular bike route. I'm very excited to try these at GMR/Mount Baldy Loop, I can't wait!!

PROS: Easy To Install, Lightweight, Attractive Design

BEST USES: Upgrade, Road Biking
August 19, 2014

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