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Mavic cross-country wheels are the top-end choice for XC athletes and racers who demand a tool to match their high-intensity style of riding. 

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Cross-country (XC) mountain bike wheels play a crucial role in performance on this discipline’s varied and technical terrain. Common questions concern their lightness, the ideal rim width, rolling resistance, the robustness needed for technical sections, and the compatibility of tubeless systems. Other common concerns involve the materials used (aluminum or carbon), hub technologies and the importance of spokes in wheel dynamics. Finally, the impact of wheel diameter (27.5 or 29 inches) is often debated.
What is the ideal wheel weight for XC?
The best wheel weight for cross-country mountain biking (XC) depends on the rider's size and preferences and the specific course. In general, however, XC riders prefer lightweight wheels for rapid acceleration, better handling and efficient climbing. Wheel weights can vary, but many top-of-the-range XC wheels weigh between 1,300 and 1,900 grams per pair. You should never sacrifice durability and strength for lightness, but strike the right balance to ensure that the wheels can withstand the rigors of XC terrain while being as light as possible.
How do I choose between 27.5" and 29" wheel diameters for XC?
The choice of wheel diameter depends largely on riding style and the rider’s body type. 29-inch wheels offer better climbing ability and better momentum retention, making them ideal for rough terrain and long distances. On the other hand, 27.5-inch wheels are more maneuverable and responsive, preferred by those looking for a more dynamic riding experience.
Why opt for a tubeless system on XC wheels?
Tubeless systems are popular in XC because they reduce the risk of pinch flats, allow you to ride at lower pressures, which improves traction, and can be slightly lighter than traditional setups. The absence of an inner tube reduces the risk of a tire bursting in the event of a puncture, which increases reliability during races or long outings.
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