Mavic have joined the burgeoning tubeless market by introducing the ‘Universal System Tubeless’ (UST) wheel-tyre system, which will be made available on all major performance-driven road wheelsets. Mavic say the system is easier to use and safer than competitor offerings.
Mavic have long been proponents of offering a wheel-tyre system in clincher form, having moved into the tyre market back in 2009. Since then, Mavic’s Yksion tyres have been pre-installed on the rim, with claims of improved integration and performance as the wheels and rubber are designed to work together.
However, despite moving into the mountain bike tubeless market with the launch of UST in 1999, Mavic have held out on offering a road tubeless setup. That began to change in 2015 with the launch of the Allroad tubeless wheels for gravel riding – and now Mavic have gone the whole hog with the introduction of UST for road.
The UST system, which Mavic claim is the only tubeless setup which comprehensively meets ISO and ETRTO safety standards, sees the rim and tyre developed together for integrated tubeless performance. The launch of UST comes with the strapline: ‘Easy. Safe. Fast’.
While Mavic’s new tubeless tyres can be used with rims from other brands in the same way the brand’s clinchers tyres are compatible with other clincher rims, Mavic have redesigned the rim contour profiles in selected Comete, Cosmic, Ksyrium and Allroad wheels to improve ease of fitting, as well guarantee as a secure seal at the bead.