Lose weight, gain power, and go fast.
XC and cyclocross racers take note: Mavic’s new Crossmax SL Ultimate Men’s Cycling Shoes are lightweight, efficient, and want to go fast. Mavic’s innovative Energy Grip Terra Carbon SL Outsole provides optimal power transfer yet maintains an incredibly low weight. The Ergo Bonded upper and Ergo 3D tongue ensure your feet stay comfortable and secure during long rides. So while the Crossmax SL Ultimate offers a rigid platform, Mavic doesn’t sacrifice comfort or mobility; you’ll have no problem the next time you have to shoulder your bike and charge a run-up. For added support, Mavic includes the Ergo Fit 3D+ Ortholite inserts, and the Energy Lock Carbon Comp keeps your heel securely in place. To finish, the new Mavic Ergo Dial allows you to fine-tune the fit quickly and easily.
- Lugged cycling shoes for ‘cross and cross-country racing
- Innovative Energy Grip Terra Carbon SL provides optimal power
- Ergo Bonded upper and Ergo 3D tongue keep your feet comfortable
- Ergo Fit 3D+ Ortholite inserts
- Energy Lock Carbon Comp keeps your heel secure
- Mavic Ergo Dial ensures a precise fit
- Q & A
Good XC shoe
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
Coming from Mavic's Fury shoes, I had to get one half size up as is mentioned in another review, the shoes fit small. Once I got the right size (thanks Competitive Cyclist for such prompt deliveries and easy returns), I tested the shoe on terrain that's not too technical and was pleased with the stiffness of the shoe and the grip of the sole on rock. I use Crank Brothers' Candy pedals and the cleats fit well and I clip in and out without issues.
The only thing that I've noticed for me is that while walking, there's a bit of pressure on the outside of my ankle from the cuff. I figure either I'll get used to it or the shoe will eventually soften to where I don't feel it anymore. Besides this doesn't affect me at all while riding, only when walking. The heel is pretty secure too, which used to be a bit of an issue for me with the Fury model.
Oh, and the boa closure is awesome.
Solid Fit and Construction
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
The BOA adjustment is solid and accommodates a pretty wide range of feet, from narrow and skinny to fairly average, I wouldn't pick these if you have a particularly wide foot though. Sizing runs a touch small, so I would size up 1/2 to 1 full size. Otherwise these are light and stiff but have been comfortable for long days in the saddle.