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Cross-Country Rims

Cross-Country Rims - Fast, efficient, adaptable
Mavic Cross-Country Rims have a rich history, punctuated by podiums, cups and, above all, smiles. Whether you're a long-time XC diehard or a newcomer to singletrack, our rims will change your...
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Rims for cross-country (XC) mountain biking are essential for optimal performance on variable and demanding terrain. Frequently asked questions concern the lightness of XC rims, the balance between stiffness and comfort, the comparison between aluminum and carbon rims, the suitability of tubeless mounting, the impact of rim width on traction and the best rim size for XC racing. These questions highlight the need for rims adapted to the specific requirements of cross-country racing.
Why is lightness crucial for MTB XC rims?
The lightness of MTB XC rims is crucial because it reduces the overall weight of the bike, improving efficiency when climbing. What's more, a lightweight rim has less inertia and reduces rotational mass, making it easier to accelerate quickly and change direction. This translates into improved handling on the varied, technical terrain typical of cross-country riding. In XC, where speed and responsiveness are essential, every gram counts.
How do I choose between 29" and 27.5" rims for XC?
The choice between 29" and 27.5" rims for XC depends mainly on the rider's preference and the terrain. 29-inch rims roll more efficiently over rough terrain, offer better traction and retain speed better.. They are often favored for races on more open terrain. 27.5" rims, on the other hand, are more maneuverable and responsive, ideal for technical or winding courses. The size of the rider can also influence the choice: some smaller riders prefer the maneuverability of 27.5-inch rims. Finally, a mullet assembly, (i.e. 29 at the front and 27.5 at the rear), offers other advantages, combining the climbing ability of a 29" with the agility of a 27.5". 
What are the advantages of tubeless mounting for XC mountain bikes?
In XC, where traction and comfort are essential, tubeless mounting allows you to ride with lower pressures without the risk of a pinch puncture. This improves traction, reduces the risk of cornering out of line and offers greater comfort on uneven terrain. What's more, the absence of an inner tube reduces the total weight of the assembly.
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