wheels

The new normal: the current thinking behind wide road wheel design

It was only just a handful of years ago that 15mm was considered an optimal width for everyday road wheels, narrow enough to slice through the air, light enough to feel faster on the climbs, and a suitably broad foundation for the 23mm-wide tires commonly used at the time. Today, most modern high-performance road wheels …

Reviewed: Irwin Cycling’s medium, deep carbon clincher wheelsets

Irwin Cycling has been manufacturing wheels for a decade, first for other companies, and more recently, under its own name. With wheelsets to suit road and off-road riders, the company boasts its own testing facility that ensures the quality of its products as much as it helps ongoing product development. In this review, Australian tech …

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Extralite CyberFront and CyberRear SP hub review

Custom wheelbuilders have a great range of high-end hubs at their disposal, but when weight is an important priority, the field narrows considerably. Extralite’s CyberFront and CyberRear hubs stand out as some of the lightest on the market. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at these hubs. Extralite is …

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Component, accessory highlights from the 2016 Sea Otter Classic

The Sea Otter Classic isn’t just about bikes; there are heaps of new parts and accessories previewed for the coming season as well. Here’s a look at some of what you’ll soon find on store shelves. New carbon clincher wheels from Praxis Cycles, Knight Composites, and Vittoria Long known for hard-wearing and fast-shifting LevaTime forged …

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Taipei Cycle Show 2016: New tech from Full Speed Ahead, Ritchey, and Rotor

Full Speed Ahead goes modular for new cranksets plus fresh bars, stems, and seatposts The explosion of road bike sub-categories has thoroughly cast aside the idea of standard gear ratios. Whereas even just recently there were essentially three primary choices for chainrings — 53/39T, 52/36T, and 50/34T — the rising popularity of gravel and adventure …

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First-look review: Mavic launches new Cosmic Pro Carbon SL-C and Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL-C wheelsets

Last year Mavic celebrated its 125th year in the cycling industry, and this year the yellow cars of Mavic will perform their 40th year of neutral service for teams at the Tour de France. The company was one of the first to introduce factory-built wheelsets but it has been very slow to develop an all-carbon …

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Mavic and Enve Composites under same ownership — what it means

Amer Sports, the Finnish parent company of Mavic, Salomon, Suunto, Arc’teryx, and other outdoor brands, announced today that it has purchased US-based carbon fibre wheel and component specialist Enve Composites for US$50 million in an all-cash transaction. While acquisitions and mergers are nothing new in the cycling industry, this one portends some particularly interesting possibilities in …

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Zipp 30 Course wheelset review

Zipp is well known for its carbon wheelsets however the company has been offering alloy wheelsets in its range since 1999. The 30 Course is Zipp’s latest low profile alloy wheelset that caters for clinchers and tubular tyres as well as rim and disc brakes. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer …

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Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon wheelset review

Fulcrum is well known for its wide range of road and off-road wheelsets. Now the company is moving forward with wider rims, disc-equipped wheelsets, and lower-priced carbon rims. All of these refinements are found in the new range of Racing Quattro wheels, and in this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom reports on the performance of …

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Tubeless tubulars set for road debut at the Spring Classics?

With the European road season just kicking into gear, tech spotters have a lot to look forward to. Over the next few months many new products will be put through their paces, being raced on by the pros for the first time. One product that’s poised to have an impact on the upcoming Spring Classics …

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