Mavic Crossmax Elite CM shoes review$180.00

Great performance whatever the weather

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Elite CMs deliver race-winning performance in a weather-beating format. To put them into context, there are loads of well-sealed, warm winter boots available — but when it comes to the sole stiffness and upper security required for efficient power delivery, the best you could previously hope for was 'okay'. Most winter boots also come with a weight penalty that makes them feel like wellies.

At under 900g (muddy size EU44s with cleats), the Elite CMs don’t feel heavy when pedalling or running with your bike. The upper structure, with its Velcro forefoot straps and soft-grip Ergo Dial, is the same as that of Mavic’s Crossmax Elite race shoe and delivers a snug, efficiently stable fit for getting the power down. 

The solid, weather-shrugging toe and tongue make a massive comfort difference in cold conditions  

As for the sole, it’s stiff enough to feel good when sprinting, without numbing as the mileage rises. A soft-compound Contragrip Premium tread also gives good wet rock/root grip.

The solid, weather-shrugging toe and tongue make a massive comfort difference in cold conditions, while the neoprene collar provides splash protection and keeps your ankles warm even when wet. 

Price-wise they come in at the same cost as an equivalent pair of race shoes plus overshoes.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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