If you've been waiting to take the plunge into the world of deep dish rims but aren't sold on the reliability and braking power of full carbon, the Mavic CXR Ultimate 60 Clincher Wheelset is worth a close look. While it may at first be overshadowed by its full carbon, tubular siblings, the CXR 60 C is not to be dismissed as simply a budget option in the CXR family. It comes with a few advantages of its own, not limited to its wallet friendly aluminum construction, all while delivering aerodynamic advantages almost identical to its tubular siblings. Mavic trusts its own Maxtal aluminum in the initial rim construction, a material that sets itself apart from other aluminum alloys with its higher strength to weight ratio compared to standard 6061 alloy. It creates rims that are lighter and 30% stronger than 6061 alloy. After Maxtal, Mavic adds a 12k carbon fairing to the rim, shaving extra grams that a full aluminum construction would've added. This blended construction method delivers a rim with all of the aerodynamic advantages of deep dish carbon, along with aluminum's ability to take on daily abuse. The 60mm depth is versatile enough for triathlon, TTs, and criteriums, and they're less unpredictable than the deeper 80mm CXRs when the wind picks up. The key advantage the CXR 60 Clinchers enjoy over their tubular siblings is Mavic's innovative Exalith II brake track. The textured aluminum surface offers incredible durability and reduces braking distance by 18% compared to conventional alloy braking surfaces in any weather. When combined with the welded rim joints, Exalith II creates a balanced wheel that won't shudder under hard braking forces. Like the rest of the CXR family, the CXR 60 Clinchers employ a NACA inspired aerodynamic profile, but each model clincher or tub, 60 or 80mm features a slightly different profile adapted to its design, wind tunnel tested and fine tuned along each of the points of contact between air and rim. Though the profiling is im...