Mavic have been in the wheel business for a long time and still produce some of the best. The Deemax Pros’ vital statistics may be a little off-trend, but their performance is on-point.
Some may say that a 28mm (internal) rim width is narrow, that 1,997g for an enduro wheelset is too heavy or even that aluminium wheels can’t offer premium performance, but these hoops still took Sam Hill to his third consecutive Enduro World Series title. They’re some of the comfiest wheels we’ve tested, the Instant Drive 360 freehub is smooth and quiet, and we haven’t noticed the rim width causing any tyre squirm with 2.5in rubber.
We like Mavic’s proprietary spoke design too – because the nipple threads into the rim from the hub side, there’s no need for tubeless tape and you don’t have to remove the tyre to replace a spoke, both big wins. These signature wheels look cool as well, with their limited edition Sam Hill decals.
About MBUK’s Most Wanted (2020)
For the January issue of Mountain Biking UK magazine we put together a glossy guide to our Most Wanted gear for 2020, containing some of the most incredible, highly desirable mountain bike kit on the market. It seemed a shame not to share it with our website users, so now we’re posting each category online too.
The selection process wasn’t easy. We were determined to pick products that genuinely stood out, so just narrowing down the categories was hard. Then our test team discussed the pros and cons of each bit of kit that had been shortlisted – and had some heated debates over which should make it in!
You can rest assured that all of our Most Wanted gear has been given this accolade for good reason. It’s either performed amazingly in our tests (in which case we’ve provided links to the original review) or, in the case of just-released kit, has wowed us on the trails during initial rides and shown huge potential.
Cast an eye over the gear and you’ll notice that a lot of it doesn’t come cheap. That’s because these are our Most Wanted products, and not necessarily the parts and accessories that represent the best value for money. We know that not all readers will be able to afford them, but think they’re worth showcasing. Firstly, because they show just how far MTB kit has come. But also because innovation and improvements at the top end of the market inevitably trickle down to lower price points within a couple of years, for the rest of us to enjoy.