Who should buy the Mavic Cosmic

The Mavic Cosmic bike shoe could be a great companion for aspiring road cyclists.

The footwear employs many of the same features as the brand’s high-end road shoes but at a more reasonable price. This could benefit many beginner riders who are looking for efficient road shoes without cashing out a big amount.

Who should NOT buy this bike shoe

If you are not a fan of Velcro straps and find adjusting all three of them quite fiddly, consider getting the BOA edition of the Mavic Cosmic. It allows you to make micro-adjustments (by 1-mm) in an instant.

And if you want to stay on the budget but still want to get a BOA road shoe, try the Road Comp BOA by Scott.

A fine line between stiffness and comfort

The Mavic Cosmic shoe offers a fine balance of comfort and energy transfer which is appreciated by entry-level cyclists. The stiffness index of the outsole has a rating of 50 out of 100 on the brand’s chart. Cyclists find this rigidity to be optimal for keeping up the pace on their rides. At the same time, they take note of the slight spring in the sole as well as the softness in the OrthoLite insert which make the shoe comfortable enough for long hours of pedaling. 

Pedal compatibility of the Cosmic

The Mavic Cosmic features the traditional road shoe’s three-bolt cleat system, also known as Look Delta. Some of the pedals that work well with this footwear are Garmin Vector 3 Power Meter, Shimano Ultegra PD-R8000, and Time Xpresso 2.

It is a well-ventilated road shoe

Aside from the perforations all throughout the shoe's upper, breathability is enhanced by the air pockets in the outsole. Riders are happy with this setup as it maintains a good amount of airflow, keeping the foot nice and fresh.

Precise fit of the Mavic Cosmic

The Cosmic bike shoe features an updated anatomic last with a precise heel hold and a rounded toe box. The reviewers do find it very form-fitting, but unfortunately, too tight for those with wider feet. However, for an average-sized foot, the forefoot offers enough room to prevent the toes from being cramped.

The tightness is regulated by three Velcro straps. The setup allows for a bit more customizable fit in different parts of the shoe.

Other variations of the Mavic Cosmic

The Cosmic is one of the most well-known series from Mavic. Here are some of the other models from this collection. Perhaps you will them a good addition to your bike shoe rotation:

  • Mavic Cosmic Elite SL - super lightweight (230 g), highly breathable shoe for speedy rides and races on the hottest summer days
  • Mavic Cosmic Ultimate III - insanely light (200 g), high-performance shoe packed with the most cutting-edge technologies 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.8oz
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: Velcro
Features: Breathable, Look Delta
Material: Synthetic, Nylon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Mavic

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