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Mavic - Crossmax SL Ultimate Cycling Shoe - Men's

Mavic Crossmax SL Ultimate Cycling Shoe - Men's

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$209.95 Original price:$349.95
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Item #MAV00DF




Tech Specs

wire buckle
Ergo Fit 3D+ Ortholite
Energy Grip Terra Carbon SL
Cleat Compatibility:
2-bolt mountain
Claimed Weight:
[size 8.5] 340 g
Recommended Use:
cross country, cyclocross
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

Crossmax SL Ultimate Cycling Shoe

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

Really wanted to like these

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

These shoes are not for me. I bought these for my all-arounder shoes (100 mile MTB endurance and gravel/CX) but I will be relegating them to CX when the weather is cooler and running traction is needed. I sized up as recommended but the toe box is way too narrow for my feet (only moderately-wide feet). I had heel slip issues during the hardest out-of-the-saddle efforts. The upper material feels thicker than any other mountain shoe I have owned and is much stiffer. My feet were getting hot on 80 degree days and I plan on riding in hotter than that. The lacing mech is actually Mavic brand which felt clunkier than true BOA and I don't like how it releases. Picked these up as replacements for my Shimano XC7 and I liked the Shimanos better (though still not perfect). I just ordered Garneau Copper T-Flex as a replacement for these since the road version (Course Air Lite) are the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. For the money, there are much better options out there. Lake and Garneau are better quality and also are a better fit for my slightly-wide feet.

Really wanted to like these

mavic is making some good shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always loved their wheels and have raced them for years, but a few years back I started trying some of their other products, including their shoes, and I have been quite pleased. These XC shoes have been my latest pickup and they are good! Very durable, with a good combination of stiffness/responsiveness, without excessive weight. I've also used them a bit for cyclocross and they are comfortable to walk and do short runs in as well.

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.


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