Headlines – I was excited to see Mavic release details of the new 2017 Mavic Open Pro Exalith rims which are 4mm wider (19mm internal), tubeless ready, with low spoke counts and available in disc and rim brake also with Exalith brake surface for increased braking performance. I expect to see these arrive in July, I advise you to pre-book your wheel build in advance with Strada the hand built wheel specialists. We will building them with a variety of quality road hubs.
Full press release details below the image.
Mavic is introducing an updated line of one of its most popular products, the aluminum Open Pro road rim. First introduced in 1986, the Open Pro has been a standby product for many wheelbuilders.
The newest Open Pro rims are now UST tubeless compatible and are wider, with 19mm internal width which is 4mm wider than the previous version. They feature an S.U.P. welded joint and stainless steel spoke eyelets. They are available in disc brake and rim brake versions and weigh 420 grams.
Most notably, the 2017 Mavic Open Pro Exalith moves from the traditional double walled box section rim shape to a more modern ISM4D profile. That of course is Mavic’s proprietary machining technique that is said to optimise the rim shape for lightweight strength and is the reason for the distinctive wavy desgin.
New 2017 Mavic Open Pros will be available in three versions – disc brake specific without a brake track and two rim brake specific rims with the Exalith treatment or as a standard UB Control rim as well. All three have a wider 19mm internal width with a UST Tubeless certification. Tubeless is achieved with rim tape so that the rims can be easily built with standard spokes and nipples. Sticking with tradition, the rim uses a S.U.P. (Soudé Using Process) welded joint and stainless eyelets to achieve a rim weight of 420g. Each rim will be available in 24, 28 and 32h drillings. The disc brake rims have asymmetric spoke drillings.
The Exalith rims will retail for 170 euros each (£145 GBP) while the UB Control and disc brake rims retail for 70 euros (£60GBP).
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