The Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLE provides the aerodynamics of a 52mm rim section at a surprisingly low 730 gram weight for the front wheel or 1630 grams for the set. This wheel delivers ultra high braking performance thanks to Mavic's exclusive Exalith 2 technology which provides show bike good looks, increases durability and delivers fantastic all weather braking performance. Mavic's wheels have long been known for their high build quality noticeable better than other brands and Exalith takes it one step higher.
Exalith specific treatment on the rim actually penetrates the alloy, so the rim keeps its distinctive anthracite grey color for thousands of kilometers so these wheels will retain their show bike looks even with heavy use. This also delays rim wear for big increases in strength and durability. You can use any brake pads, but the Mavic Exalith brake pads will last longer, brake more quietly and won't wear down as quickly.
The WTS part refers to Mavic wheel and tire system which basically means they include a Griplink front tire so you can get all the performance out of the wheel. This is more than a gimmick. We have found the Grip link really holds the road like its name implies with the perfect amount of suppleness - not too stiff or too squishy. The Griplink tire also has a nylon, puncture resistant belt making this grippy and supple tire surprisingly flat resistant.
Exceptional aerodynamics are created by a 52mm carbon/aluminum rim built with 20 bladed spokes laced radial non drive and 2x drive side. The 52mm section is the sweet spot for maximum aerodynamic benefit with minimal problems in crosswinds. Front wheel is 16 spokes radially laced. The hub is made with both an aluminum axle and body fitted with Mavic's QRM+ bearings specifically designed for cycling. A FTS-L steel cassette body provides instant power transfer. The QRM+ bearings supply legendary glass-smooth performance.Features