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by Shane Stokes
April 4, 2018
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It has only been a few months since Astral Cycling unveiled its first rim collection but the company has just expanded its catalogue with a variety of hand-built wheelsets for road, touring, MTB, and gravel/CX. All feature Astral’s alloy and carbon rims, of course, White Industries hubs, and Sapim spokes, with an option for personalised rim colours, hub colours, and decals.
The move into wheelsets is not really surprising given the experience of Astral’s parent company, Rolf Prima. After all, Rolf Prima has been manufacturing and building wheelsets for the last 20 years. However, the paired-spoke design that has long-defined Rolf Prima’s wheels has not been carried over into Astral’s offerings.
That’s because Astral was created to concentrate on traditional wheel designs. The company’s alloy and carbon rims were designed around common drillings (24/28/32 holes) and traditional lacing patterns to appeal to custom wheelbuilders and home mechanics.
Astral’s new wheelsets build upon this thinking by making use of j-bend spokes throughout the range. Every wheelset is tubeless-ready with options for rim and disc brakes for some models, and buyers can add a dynamo hub, if needed. The company has also included a dedicated tandem wheelset in the new range.
Prices for Astral’s wheelsets with alloy rims start at US$1,049 and US$2,099 for wheels with carbon rims. For more information, visit Astral Cycling.