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Tech news, May 8, 2009

Mavic's new R-Sys Ultimate wheelset is their most climbing-specific model to date
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The new 22mm-deep carbon tubular rim
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Mavic use their now-familiar tubular carbon 'TraComp' spokes
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Both front and rear hub shells are all carbon fiber
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Driveside spokes are bonded in to an aluminum driveside flange…
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…while the non-driveside spokes are secured within a carbon 'sandwich'.
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Widely set flanges provide the R-Sys Ultimate with supposedly the same lateral stiffness
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The rear wheel's twenty spokes are laced one-cross on the driveside
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Oversized axles are used front and rear
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The front hub shell is all carbon
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Like the rear hub, the front omits Mavic's usual bearing preload collar
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The fully sealed valve hole and lack of traditional spoke junctions
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A channel down the center of the rim
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