RogueMechanic + Mavic= :) | Mavic Wheels

by John Satory February 10, 2022

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.

ic: Repairing a Mavic Ksyrium SL wheel with Zicral aluminum spokes.  Mo is assisting.

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.

ic: Example of Mavic M7 spoke nipples.  New M7 and original M7.

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. 

ic: Removing a seized M7 nipple from a Mavic Ksyrium SL FORE rim.

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.

ic: Click on the "Notify me when available" to be notified when an item is back in stock.

3 Responses

Mark Rosenberg
Mark Rosenberg

October 28, 2022

I have a mavic ksyrium elite rear wheel with a bent rim. The master wheel builder at my LBS said it can’t be fixed because the rim is too badly bent. Is there any chance that you can fix it? Do you need a picture of it.
RogueMechanic replied:
Hello Mark,Repair of the wheel does depend on the extent of the damage to the rim.  Yes, you can send me some pictures of the wheel and of the serial number on the rim so that I can determine the exact model year of the wheel.  Send them to roguemechanic at gmail dot com.  -John

Luke Runyan
Luke Runyan

October 13, 2022


I’ve got a set of Mavic Ksyrium Wheels that I bent up pretty good in a cyclocross race last weekend. I took them to the local REI thinking, surly they are experienced and will recognize that they needed to be careful with these aluminum rims. Oh boy was I wrong. Less than 24hrs later I got a call from a guy who was maybe in his 20s telling me the wheels were un-repairable. After inquiring further he admitted that the rims were damaged and when he tightened the spoke it “Failed”. When I tried to clarify and ask if he had stripped the thread, he kept avoiding that using that word, but it was pretty obvious.

Anyways, you said the wheels use an M7 thread. Do you think it would be possible for me to repair the wheel by drilling out the stripped threads and adding a helicoil?

RogueMechanic replied:
Hi Luke, Sorry to hear about your wheels and your experience with REI. Yes, they are M7, but they are LH (reverse) threaded. IF you can find M7 LH helicoils it would be worth a shot. I hope that this info helps. Thanks for your comment! -John

Brendon Potts
Brendon Potts

September 02, 2022

Hi there, we’re a bike shop with a customer who has Askium Race wheels, and who wants to have some spare spokes. I’ve looked in the past for parts for Mavic wheels, and ended up finding you, and it still looks like you’re the only game in the US, so I’m getting back in touch. Do you know of a way to find spokes for these? I’m not sure about the year of the wheels but I would guess 2012-2015 based on the bike.
Thanks so much for your help,

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