This video has just been posted by Mavic, and I’m so glad that they have done this as I’ve known about these wheels for a month now. I’ve been told about the extensive testing that the Team (Garmin Cervélo) have been doing with them, but the M40 wheel is only one part of the story. If you’ve been watching carefully you’ll have noticed that the Team have been using a version of the Cosmic Carbon on the Cobbled races.
The Cosmic Carbon’s pictured are a version which has been developed for the Cobbled Classics. You won’t find them listed in the catalogue, but I hope they do make it to the 2012 line. These make far more sense for everyday riding than equipment developed for the Alps as it really doesn’t replicate real day riding (unless you happen to live in the mountains!). Having a product that is tough (read pavé proof), Light (but for longevity, rather than weight weenies) and Aero (extra power for free, winner) would make a great real world set of wheels. I hope that we will see both wheels come to the market, but it’s likely that only one, or a hybrid of the two will be available for 2012.
The keen eyed will have noticed two things, 1. That the Team are using Vittoria Open Pavé and 2. Roger Hammond has been using a different tyre. It has been rumoured as an FMB, Dugast or others but it is actually a Mavic prototype pavé tyre. This is interesting as everyone who has ridden the tyres (regular Mavic tyres) has good things to say about them, so in producing a pavé tyre it will again open the market up to them so that they are taken more seriously. I hope that when this tyre has been through all of it’s testing processes that they also don’t forget the everyman and produce a clincher. The Pavé (Vittoria) tyre has been one of my favorites over the years as it’s been quick, bombproof and well just perfect for UK roads. Hammond has been helping Mavic with both the wheel and tyre testing and the engineers report back that his feedback is some of the best that they have ever had. Even after three hours of testing he was still hitting the pavé at 50 kmph and ready to tackle it once more. Having such a Flandrien help develop the product means that when these wheels and tyres hit the market we can ride them with the confidence that they have been pushed hard in the real world. Now the big question is, how can I get a pair for next weekend!
this shows Maaskant using the M40 wheel.
Dan Lloyd aboard the new Cosmic Carbon (Pavé)