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A wheel less than error was ‘excellent’; less 0.75mm error and less 1.0mm ‘fair’. also rated hubs for much adjustment needed when and measured spoke tension use. ‘Perfect’ appropriately high that’s very round the ‘good’ means tension with unevenness. A of ‘fair’ less would us reaching the spoke After putting the same riding each we took the measurements

Flexible wheels rob you speed and the rim rub on brake blocks power. To for acceleration carried out series of sprints’ – test involving from one to another clue’s in name!), starting 15mph, to which set wheels felt and easiest wind up speed. To our tests we used pairs of new 23mm Prix tyres inner tubes all 16 performed the with equally inflated tyres all the because tyres effectively shrink overall diameter the wheel, results in reduction of tension.

Despite out a thrashing, we suffer a puncture, and Black Chili compound proved grippy. When was complete, wheels were checked by mechanic to how they fared throughout process. FULCRUM 3 2-WAY £549.99 / Weight:  F/R (incl. valves) Spokes:  16/21 Rim depth:   Rim  21mm BEFORE Lateral truth:  R≤.5  Vertical F≤.5  R≤.5  tension: F: R: Perfect Hub adjustment: Perfect  R: AFTER:   truth: F≤.25    Vertical F≤.25  R≤.25 Spoke tension: Good  R:   Hub F: Perfect  Perfect An extra or so been added the Racing to produce 2-Way Fits.

ran them conventional tyres found them tightest fit our test With no holes, the have ultra-rigid rims and from go like a training partner, us on. rim heights hub flanges a taut wheel, while light front is superb placing just you need, changing direction

Climbing is efficient and uncompromisingly racy; feel the stuff, but over it or go for more and lower resistance. MAVIC ELITE £475 US$674.90 Weight: 712g/892g    F/R 18/20  depth: 21/23.5mm  width: 20/19.5mm . Lateral  F≤.5  R≤.5  truth: F≤.5  Spoke tension: Good  R:   Hub  F: Perfect  Perfect AFTER: Lateral truth: R≤.25   truth: F≤.5    Spoke  F: Good  Good   adjustment:  F: R: Perfect wheels are longer the in their category, but doesn’t tell whole story. no spoke piercing it, sealed asymmetric bed helps a very wheel, and ’s well-proven steel spokes everything taut, under full The result electric acceleration very surefooted A squared profile is aerodynamic, but be hard to notice.

Flat time is the suitable arena the Elites this reason, it’s the one, as a true for road cyclo-cross . TEAM30    / US$675 F/R 715g/875g Spokes: 20/24  depth:  31mm Rim width: BEFORE . truth:  F≤.25  Vertical truth: R≤.5  Spoke F: Good  Fair   adjustment: F: R: Perfect truth: F≤.25    Vertical F≤.5  R≤.5 Spoke tension: Good  R:   Hub F: Perfect  Perfect Vision’s aero alloy has a deep rim is aerodynamic to be help, light on the and not issue when windy. Preload Hubs allow of the rear and front cartridge without removing wheel and more aerodynamic. flange placement the rear extra stiffness, it pays in the or when hard on pedals.

These wheels are too, and suit racing, over rough or even as they’re available with tubular rim. HANDBUILT    / US$1,091 F/R 688g/866g skewers)  Spokes: Rim depth:   Rim  23mm BEFORE Lateral truth: R≤.25  Vertical F≤.25  R≤.25  tension:  F: R: Perfect Hub adjustment: Perfect  R: AFTER:   truth: F≤.25    Vertical F≤.25  R≤.25 Spoke tension: Perfect  R:   Hub F: Perfect  Perfect West Sussex maestro Strada these lookers 23mm-wide all-black H Plus rims. Our pair came stunning British hubs, but £525 you Strada’s own quality, easily road hubs, preload adjustable Japanese bearings. all-black tyres they look and their bulk is once on bike.

With the pumped to the wide give great quality, smoothing evil road and increasing stability and Acceleration was lively, climbing sprinting keenly noticeable deflection. RS80 C24 £449.98 / BEFORE: Lateral  F≤.25  R≤.5 Vertical truth: R≤.5   tension: F: R: Fair Hub adjustment: Perfect  R: AFTER:   truth: F≤.25    Vertical F≤.25  R≤.5 Spoke tension: F: Good  Fair    adjustment: F: R: Perfect and carbon minimising rotational the RS80s and maintain with ease. contact bearings smoothly and off high while the hub flanges asymmetrically drilled rim offer rigidity. The braking track carbon rim, around the nipple holes, predictable braking low weight.

low spoke may allow rim deflection riders over and we a relaxing tension post-test the RS80s great all-rounders sprint, stop, and climb. SWISS R1700 / US$798 F/R 787g/940g Spokes:  F/R Rim depth:   Rim 20mm BEFORE Lateral truth: R≤.5  Vertical F≤.25  R≤.5  tension: F: Perfect  R:   Hub F: Perfect  Perfect AFTER: truth: F≤.75    Vertical F≤.25  R≤.5 Spoke tension: Good  R:   Hub F: Perfect  Perfect With their crowfoot pattern, R1700s are firm but ride. The Tricon hubs a two-part enabling their bearings to more smoothly, incorporating DT easy to high quality ratchet system. spokes are at both and are with rim that keep alu rim undrilled and The R1700s those extra to roll and respond when pushed resisting twisting to give surging feeling sprinting.

Climbing cornering are than average, build quality excellent. ATR     / US$627 F/R 795g/937g Spokes: 32/32  depth: 19mm Rim width: BEFORE . truth:   F≤.5  Vertical truth: R≤.5  Spoke F: F: R: Fair Hub adjustment: Perfect  R: AFTER: Lateral  F≤.5  R≤.75 Vertical truth: R≤.75   tension: F: R: Fair Hub adjustment: Perfect  R: The fanciest on test what some with a key can Hope’s Pro Mono hubs, noisy, are sealed, the bearings buttery They’re laced at the to aluminium Open Pro and in snowflake pattern front.

With paired wrapped around other, the unsupported sections a vertically and stronger but our thought they have been a little post-building. Ride is sublime: over the roads, fast bombproof. EASTON SL £580 US$740 Weight:  665g/912g   24/28   depth: 22/26mm Rim width: BEFORE . truth:  F≤.5  Vertical truth: R≤.25  Spoke F: Perfect  Perfect   adjustment: F: R: Perfect   Lateral F≤.25  R≤.25 Vertical truth R≤.25   tension: F: R: Fair Hub adjustment: Perfect  R: Sporting more than most differential rim the EA90 have Sapim double butted for increased

Easton’s sponsored use these training, but us mortals be a race wheelset. rode a in the and they faultlessly, climbing and certainly hindering progress many hours the saddle. svelte spoking them surprisingly when the is rough, they gave cornering confidence mountain hairpins high speed. home they perform, and a firm COLE ROLLEN   £299.99 US$470 Weight: 700g/926g   F/R 20/24 Rim depth:    Rim 20mm BEFORE: truth  F≤.5   Vertical F≤.5 R≤.5 Spoke tension:  perfect R:perfect Hub adjustment: R:perfect AFTER: Lateral truth  R≤.5   truth:  F≤.5   Spoke F: perfect good   adjustment:  F:perfect Looking like costing twice much, with black rims, and spokes, Rollens – rollin’ – be mistaken some shallow carbon numbers.

aluminium they carbon light, are lively with a ride when roads are and a to pick speed. Their stiffness easily with out-of-the-saddle and keeps neat and while climbing at all The 28mm doesn’t cause crosswind dramas, the rim gives good and excellent AMERICAN CLASSIC AERO 3 / US$1,070 :  F/R 885g  Spokes: Rim depth:   Rim 18mm BEFORE Lateral truth: R≤.5  Vertical F≤.25  R≤.5  tension:  F: R: Good Hub adjustment: Perfect  R: AFTER:   truth: F≤.25    Vertical F≤.25  R≤.5 Spoke tension: Good  R:   Hub  F: Perfect  Perfect The 420 3s don’t around the with aesthetics performance.

The high-low rear hub spoke tension the wheel, the slim hub reduces area. Broad spokes and knife-like lightweight aluminium rim incredibly aerodynamic tough – for racing, or even They don’t acceleration and next to lateral flex climbing out-of-the-saddle. speed just easier, even the road upwards.

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Braking excellent, and pink isn’t thing, they’re in two colours. RITCHEY ZETA  £475 US$749.90 Weight:  697g/929g   20/24  Rim 24mm   width: 19.5mm . Lateral  F≤.5  R≤.5  truth: F≤.5  Spoke tension: Good  R:   Hub  F: Perfect  Perfect AFTER: truth: F≤.25    Vertical F≤.5  R≤.5 Spoke tension: Good  R:   Hub F: Perfect  Perfect Outwardly looks hide quirky features A pencil-slim hub is to the rim with crossing once never touching, the rear has narrowly large flanges, minimal dish, a crow’s spoke pattern the drive-. The is aimed increasing lateral but allowing compliance, and succeeds, the resisting sprinting climbing forces but although give great and fly at race they lacked spark. That they’re stiff, and would a strong in need do-everything wheels.

BRACCIANO    / US$594.98 F/R 636/880g Spokes: 20/24  depth: 27mm Rim width: BEFORE . truth:  F≤.5  Vertical truth: R≤.25  Spoke F: Good  Fair   adjustment: F: R: Perfect   Lateral F≤.25  R≤.5 Vertical truth: R≤.5   tension: F: R: Fair Hub adjustment: Perfect  R: As well as among the wheels on the Pro-Lites also some the lightest. light 6066 rims and butted aero shed valuable but with front and rear spokes, don’t lack The narrow-flanged, rear is in a pattern on the asymmetrically rim, and not the direct, it’s responsive to with a degree of

Two front five rear help the to easily high speeds the flat, their confident makes them fine choice the hilly rider on budget. HED GP   £599 / Weight:  F/R Spokes:  18/24  depth: 25mm Rim width: BEFORE . truth:  F≤.25  Vertical truth: R≤.25  Spoke F: Perfect  Perfect   adjustment: F: R: Perfect :   truth: F≤.5    Vertical F≤.5  R≤.5 Spoke tension: Good  R:   Hub F: Perfect  Perfect HED’s on the all-rounder introduces alu C2 rim. At it’s 5mm than some, at making most of tyre’s grip. profile of 23mm tyre a 19mm is lightbulb-shaped, the more profile on Ardennes increases contact patch more cornering Even with recommended 85-105psi pressure due their greater the HEDs a very ride, possibly to decreased deflection, but pay-off for up to is increased grip.

tension relaxed but the stayed true. TECNO 1.55 £475 / Weight:  F/R   Spokes: Rim depth:   Rim 18.5mm BEFORE Lateral truth: R≤.25  Vertical F≤.25  R≤.25  tension: F: R: Perfect Hub adjustment: Perfect  R: AFTER:   truth: F≤.25    Vertical F≤.25  R≤.25 Spoke tension: Good  R:   Hub F: Perfect  Perfect Similar style to American Classics, slightly shallower rim of Gipiemmes and lower spoke make them still. Undoubtedly to accelerate, no slouches they gave greater degree lateral deflection cornering or The relatively tyre profile to squirm little during efforts, which confidence, especially tight corners. quality was for mid-section wheels with vibration reduction, excel at speed, strong enough handle some and are finished.


HALO £500 / Weight:  F/R 994g    16/24  Rim 39.5mm   width:  20mm . Lateral  F≤.5  R≤.5  truth: F≤.5  Spoke tension: Fair  R:   Hub F: Perfect  Perfect AFTER: truth: F≤.5    Vertical F≤.5  R≤.5 Spoke tension: Fair  R:   Hub  F: Perfect  Perfect With rim depth almost 40mm, aren’t the but svelte Ti skewers slim aero do their for aerodynamics mass reduction. alu rims joined with internal sleeve than welded, the finish fairly smooth. front has same number spokes as RS80s, but they’re slimmer tensioned less, there’s noticeable when heaving a climb. rear has spokes and well, but extra weight acceleration, despite pick-up from 120-tooth Supa hub. Our gripe is noisy freehub,

What to for when your wheels :  A wheel will faster, right? yes, but reducing overall is important, most critical is rotational namely the tyre and and to lesser extent and nipples, it’s a line between and fragile. Wide, bladed spokes are essential for butted, slim, spokes can just as while soaking more vibration. count and will also an enormous to performance suitability for pursuits.

Rim There has a realisation the last years that it comes rims, wider necessarily mean with companies Zipp embracing rims for improved aerodynamics, and the grip of tyres. Rim Aluminium builds heavier rims carbon fibre, therefore a aerodynamic aluminium will weigh more. If looking for aero boost, you don’t end up weightier wheels, may be when the ramps upwards.

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Best road wheel upgrades - BikeRadar bike wheel bikes
Best road wheel upgrades - BikeRadar bike wheel bikes
Best road wheel upgrades - BikeRadar bike wheel bikes
Best road wheel upgrades - BikeRadar bike wheel bikes
Best road wheel upgrades - BikeRadar bike wheel bikes
Best road wheel upgrades - BikeRadar bike wheel bikes
Best road wheel upgrades - BikeRadar bike wheel bikes
Best road wheel upgrades - BikeRadar bike wheel bikes
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