Mavic Ksyrium Pro SL clincher

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Ksyrium Pro SL

The legacy wheel of the Ksyrium Family now gets ISM 4D rims to make it even faster and with a stepped up finish quality

The Ksyrium Pro SL is the result of over 15 years’ wheel development.

Breaking the mould
When it was first introduced in 1999, Ksyrium totally broke the mould of wheel build (traditionally 32 thin steel spokes with tiny nipples, traditional drilling and lacing). It drastically improved the ride quality of a wheel and a new generation of wheel system was born that would set the industry benchmark in the 21st century.

The secret? Finding the sweet spot for wheel performance as it became lighter, stiffer, more comfortable and at the same time more reliable than ever. The key technological developments that enabled this became character traits that still define Ksyrium today:

Revolutionary Fore drilling
Probably the greatest Ksyrium innovation is the revolutionary spoke-rim interface, taken directly from the aeronautics industry, called Fore drilling. Here the rim isn’t actually drilled. Instead its lower bridge is heated, then pushed on the inside forming a channel on which a thread is formed. The nipples (integrated into the spoke) are then directly threaded on the rim. The thread is much larger and deeper than on a traditional steel spoke and nipple, creating the strongest possible connection between the rim and the spoke.

And because the upper bridge of the rim remains intact (no drilling) the stiffness of the rim increases by about 20% without creating the weak point generated by traditional drilling. On top of that, no rim tape is needed, saving another 40g on the wheelset at the most important point of the bike

Zicral alloy spokes
Ksyrium Pro SL also uses super aero and light Zicral alloy spokes that are stiffer, stronger and lighter than the stainless steel versions used on all bicycle wheels since the end of the 19th century.

Isopulse lacing pattern
It was commonly accepted that spokes needed to be crossed at least on the drive side to spread pedalling torque. We went against this belief and created the Isopulse lacing pattern where the spokes are radially laced on the drive side and crossed on the opposite side.

This means the pedalling torque is transferred through the hub shell to the non-drive side spokes giving a much more balanced spoke tension (60/40 instead of 80/20 in some instances), which results in a more stable wheel, maintaining its lateral stiffness even when a high lateral stress is applied (heavy acceleration or climbing out of the saddle, for example)

ISM technology
Next up we patented our ISM technology (Inter Spoke Milling) which gave an extra 10% weight saving. And the weight is saved precisely where the rim suffers very little stress (in between each spoke), which maintains a very high strength level. Prototypes of this new wheel went on to win two Tour de France!

New for 2016: ISM4D
Year after year we have refined our Ksyrium technology and expanded its features (ISM3D, asymmetrical rims, double butted spokes, front carbon hubs…). So Ksyrium is constantly getting lighter, stiffer and stronger.

And this year we’ve done it again. For 2016 the Ksyrium SL becomes the Ksyrium Pro SL with a brand new rim, based on our new rim weight saving technology: ISM4D (Inter Spoke Milling 4 Dimensions).

With ISM4D, each part of the rim is precisely machined leaving just the material needed to guarantee the stiffness and strength of the wheel. The result is a superlight rim at just 370g that also saves you 4 watts thanks to its smoother aerodynamic shape. The total wheel weight remains at an impressively low 1395g.

Matching Yksion Pro tyres
The rim is matched with our Yksion Pro tyres that offer a supple 127 TPI casing, Kevlar beads, a well-balanced rubber compound that offers the best blend of grip and rolling resistance and a weight of only 190g in 23mm and 205g in 25mm.

Ksyrium Pro SL is available with 23mm or 25mm tyres.
Weight : 1395 grams (Pair without tyre)



ISM 4D rims keep weight low and improve aerodynamics

GripLink and PowerLink tyres increase rolling efficiency and grip

Zicral spokes and Fore drilling improves lateral stiffness


ISM 4D rim machining makes for the lightest road rims

Zicral spokes lowers weight while maintaining stiffness

Superlight Yksion Pro tyres


Fore drilling makes for a secured spoke / rim interface

Strong oversize Zicral alloy spokes

Sealed cartridge bearings


Tyre 700x25: 210 grams

Tyre 700x23: 195 grams

Pair without tyre: 1395 grams

Front without tyre: 600 grams

Rear without tyre: 795 grams



Material: Maxtal

Height: front 24mm, rear 26 asymmetrical

Joint: SUP

Drilling: Fore

Brake track: UB Control

Weight reduction: ISM 4D

Valve hole diameter: 6.5 mm

Tyre: clincher

Internal width: 15mm

ETRTO size: 622x15C


Material: Zicral

Shape: straight pull, bladed, front double butted

Nipples: Fore integrated aluminum

Count: front 18, rear 20

Lacing: front radial, rear Isopulse


Rear body: aluminum

Front body: carbon with aluminum flanges

Axle material: aluminum

Adjustable sealed cartridge bearings

Freewheel: FTS-L steel


Yksion Pro GripLink (front) & PowerLink (rear)

Front and Rear Tread: Single Compound

Casing: 127 TPI

Breaker: Front Kevlar, Rear polyamide

Dimensions: 23-622 (700x23c) or 25-622 (700x25C)


Color: Black only


Freewheel: Shimano/Sram, convertible to Campagnolo with optional driver body

Front axle: Quick Release only

Rear axle: Quick Release only


BR601 quick releases

Multifonction adjustment wrench

User guide


ASTM CATEGORY 2 : road and offroad with jumps less than 15cm

For a longer longevity of the wheel, Mavic recommends that the total weight supported by the wheels don't exceed 120kg, bike included

Recommended tyre sizes: 21 to 30 mm

Max. Pressure: 23mm 8.7 bars - 125 psi, 25mm 7.7 bars - 110 psi














UB Control
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