I made a case for Mavic Wheels in a prior blog post. I want to share some of my other thoughts about Mavic and what I offer in this post. It's been well over a year since Mavic replacement parts have been readily available here in the U.S., and I completely understand your frustration. I, for one, would really like to have some concrete information as to the plans and timeframe of when Mavic will be up and running again and when I will be able to get you the replacement parts that you so desperately need. But currently, that's just not the case. The only intel that I have is that Mavic is in the process of building infrastructure to support manufacturing in France and that the U.S. distribution is "in the works." So at this point in time, all that I can do is wait and keep doing what I am doing, supplying the parts that I have, answering your questions, and doing Mavic wheel repairs.
I understand that the internet is telling you to trash your Mavic's and get another brand of wheels. Hey, you can do what you want, but I'd recommend holding onto those Crossmax or Ksyrium wheels a bit longer. When things get back to normal here in the U.S., you will likely be able to get the part that you need to get your wheels rolling again. So what I am saying is that I wouldn't ditch your Mavic wheels just yet.
Did you know that you can send me your Mavic wheels to repair? Do you lack the confidence to replace some spokes or a rim on your own or can't find a shop mechanic that can or wants to do it? I'm here to help. What kind of mechanic wouldn't want to fix something if it can be fixed? Just because most Mavic wheels are a bit more complicated to work on because of the technology involved, some shop mechanics prefer to lie about them not being repairable or just don't want to do the research required to learn about the technology involved. Even though Mavic wheels have the typical three main components: rim, spokes, and hub, a substantial number of their wheels have Zicral spokes, rims using FORE drillings, and carbon Tracomp spokes, to name a few of Mavic's proprietary technologies. Even though the basic wheel principles are the same as wheels that use the more common stainless steel spokes, there are processes that you should know. Just because it's more complicated to replace a Tracomp spoke correctly or even true an R-SYS wheel doesn't mean that the wheel is not worth the effort or time to repair. In my opinion, spending $100-$200 on a wheel that costs over $1200 that will allow you to potentially get several more years of use is money well spent. Of course, there are situations when the wheel is beyond repair or repairing the wheel wouldn't be cost-effective. Contact me if you want a second opinion or if you want me to get you a repair estimate. I will provide you with enough information for you to make an educated decision that makes practical sense.
Lastly, I want to make it known that if you want to be contacted as soon as I get a particular part that you need back in stock, I suggest that you click on the "Notify me when available" button on the product page. By doing this, you will be sent an email the moment that item is back in stock. I also recommend that you do this for older Mavic products. Every so often, I find some new old stock Mavic inventory that becomes available, or I find older used parts that are still functional. Thanks for your time, and I appreciate your interest and your business.
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