On any low to mid-range bike, wheels are a prime example of something that’s ready for an upgrade as they’re the most commonly under-specced component in an attempt to keep price down.
And as far as upgrades go, your wheels are one of the immediately appreciable changes you can make. Swap out your basic wheels for something a little more exalted and you’ll notice the difference straight away. And that’s where wheels like Mavic’s Ksyrium Elites come in.
Mavic’s extensive wheel range covers everything from high end carbon like the Cosmic Ultimates to their entry-level Aksiums, and it’s the quality they offer at both ends of the scale that really makes the Annecy-based brand stand out.
The Ksyrium range sits one up from the Aksium and is an immediately obvious option for anyone looking to swap out their training wheels or ditch the set that came with their bike. They’re representative of Mavic’s innovation, having been the first to use the ‘Fore’ concept – a spoke nipple mounted on the inside of the rim rather than externally, using less material and leaving a neater finish with the valve hole being the only visible intrusion.